Boeing’s 737NG customers will continue to benefit from the through-life cost- savings of SafTGlo, the innovative photoluminescent (PL) floorpath marking system from STG Aerospace.
Following a five-year extension to its sole supply contract with STG announced in January 2008, Boeing will continue to offer the market-leading technology as a factory fit option for the phenomenally successful B737NG aircraft. The production of B737NG’s is being increased to over 30 aircraft per month during 2008, valuing the extended supply contract in excess of $1.5 million per annum.
Peter Stokes, chief executive of STG Aerospace said: “I’m pleased that SafTGlo has once again been selected by the world’s premier aircraft manufacturer, and that their customers are realizing the huge benefits that SafTGlo has over traditional electrical systems. It is a testament to Boeing’s customer focus that they have been so proactive in reducing their customers’ maintenance burden and eliminating dispatch delays caused by electrical emergency lighting system faults. We are continuing to work hard with Boeing to provide future product enhancements for its new product designs.”
SafTGlo is the non-powered alternative to traditional electrical systems and the choice of around 80% of all B737NG output from Boeing’s Seattle Renton production facility. Since 2000 the US airplane manufacturer has factory fitted more than 1100 aircraft with SafTGlo.
The SafTGlo system fitted by Boeing is a bespoke system approved on the B737NG Type Certificate to perform for up to 16 hrs in complete darkness. The product, a variant of STG’s market leading SuperSeal™ design, is a one-piece design which is completely sealed to ensure maximum durability, reliability and performance.
In addition to the Boeing contract, STG has recently won an indefinite extension to its contract to supply SafTGlo as standard factory fit on Embraer’s world beating 170 and 190 series aircraft, through its sole supply contract with C&D Zodiac, Embraer’s long-term interiors partner. SafTGlo has now also become an option on all other Embraer aircraft.
Whilst OEM contracts are over 30% of STG’s business, it also supplies SafTGlo directly to the world’s leading airlines and MRO service providers, with more than 4000 aircraft from 300 airlines now fitted with SafTGlo. The aftermarket provides the essential ‘feedback’ to allow STG to define problems and develop its innovative solutions, eventually feeding those back to Boeing and other OEM’s through close collaboration.
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