Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems certifies, delivers UltraLite in-seat power system for TUI Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

March 29, 2018
EAST AURORA, N.Y. Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO), in Kirkland, Washington, has achieved its first line-fit certification for the company’s new EmPower UltraLite in-seat passenger power system on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft for TUI Airlines.

EAST AURORA, N.Y. Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO), in Kirkland, Washington, has achieved its first line-fit certification for the company’s new EmPowerUltraLite in-seat passenger power system on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft for TUI Airlines.

The EmPower UltraLite system is a new, lightweight architecture providing high-output USB power for passenger use without the need for a power supply unit installed at each seat group to help facilitate a lower-cost, lower-weight system compared to traditional, seat-group-based architectures.

The UltraLite system is now a line-fit solution on any Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and expected to be available for Airbus aircraft in the third quarter of 2018.

TUI Airlines is the line-fit launch customer for the new UltraLite system. The installation went flawlessly and the system is performing well, says said Dennis Markert, director of business development at Astronics AES.

The Astronics EmPower UltraLite System provides up to thirty high power USB passenger outlet units per power supply. (Photo: Business Wire)

For more than 20 years, Astronics has developed and delivered intelligent power management systems to the world’s aerospace industry. With more than one million outlet units delivered, the patented EmPower in-seat power system is currently in service with over 230 airlines.

Located in Kirkland, Washington, Astronics AES is an industry-leading manufacturer of aircraft electrical power systems, including power generation and distribution. For more details on aircraft electrical power, visit

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) serves the world’s aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

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