Industry Companies develop new crew rest concept for A330

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Two German companies present their innovative flight crew rest compartment which they developed over the course of 12 months. The first installation will be in a refurbished A330-200.

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ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH (ACM) and Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) have developed new flight crew rest compartments for freighters. The two German companies had joined forces for the past 12 months to develop a modular resting area to optimize pilots’ regeneration during long-haul operations. The newly developed flight crew rest compartments will be installed for the first time in a refurbished Airbus A330-200 within the year.

To take measures to comply with the statutory requirements regarding service time and recovery time is especially important on long-haul operations since operating hours naturally exceed permitted working hours with long flight durations. Offering flight crews ideal rest options therefore has a positive impact on aviation safety and on the efficiency of airlines.

The two specialists ACM, based in Memmingen, and EFW, based in Dresden, spent one year of development time to guarantee optimal results. ACM signed responsible for the design of the cabin interior, EFW took on the refurbishing of the A330-200.

"Thus, the two companies set themselves the goal, not only to develop the largest and most comfortable, but also a multifunctionally deployable flight crew rest compartment," says ACM CEO Roger Hohl. Comfortable mattresses, sound-absorbing and opaque curtains as well as an appealing design concept ensure optimum recovery and privacy of the crew members.

The rest compartment will be built-in directly behind the cockpit and is spacious enough for two people. As a world first, the upper bed may even be modified as storage compartment with built-in nets.  

"The development of the new flight crew rest compartment took twelve months due to the complexity of the project. We are more than satisfied with the result. The new product is not only modular but can also be easily installed and expanded, "says Roger Hohl, who also praises the excellent cooperation with EFW.

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