BAE Systems and UK based company Quest International have announced an agreement which will bring Quest’s AirManager active cabin air management system to the world airliner market.
Through its Regional Aircraft arm, BAES has engineered and certified the AirManager system on its BAe 146/Avro RJ series of regional jets, and is also developing a Supplemental Type Certificate to fit the system on board Boeing 757s, which is currently being evaluated.
“At a time when there is increasing concern about the transmission of infections on aircraft, together with the continued debate about the quality of air on board aircraft, we are making available benchmark technology to the world’s airlines to allow them to address the widest possible challenges to cabin air quality,” said Sean McGovern, operations director of BAE Systems Regional Aircraft.
The AirManager system is based on Quest’s patented close coupled field technology (CCFT), which is a contained electrical field that eliminates smells, and breaks down and destroys airborne pathogens, contaminants and toxins. Quest has previously used AirManager systems for the health industry, and has been working since 2004 with BAE to apply it to aircraft. BAE says that as well as STCs on its own aircraft and the 757 that it will likely seek out STCs to fit the systems on board Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s.