28 February 2023

ST Engineering Signs LOI to Provide World’s First Expandable Cabin Lavatory Solution to Vaayu Group

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ST Engineering has announced that its Commercial Aerospace business has entered a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Vaayu Group (Vaayu) to provide the latter with its expandable cabin lavatory solution, named ACCESS. Under the agreement, ST Engineering will provide 20 units of ACCESS for installation on Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft, which will make Vaayu the launch customer for the innovative cabin interior solution. 
Fulfilling all the proposed requirements by the U.S. Department of Transport to make aircraft lavatories more accessible, ACCESS is the world’s first lavatory solution for narrowbody aircraft that can be expanded to bring about 40 percent more space. The idea behind the additional space is to help make the lavatory big enough to accommodate a passenger with reduced mobility and an assistant so that the former can use the facility with greater ease and safety.
ACCESS has also been thoughtfully designed to minimise retrofitting costs for operators. The design is able to accommodate existing structural attachment points as well as electrical and system connections, while installation can be carried out without the need to alter the cabin layout or reduce precious galley space and seating capacity.
“We are truly privileged to be the launch customer for the ACCESS lavatory and thankful to ST Engineering for this unique honour. We believe ACCESS will change the dynamics of the sector considering the projected growth in the number of passengers with reduced mobility due to change of demographics of air travel,” said Emad AlMonayea, Chairman and President, Vaayu Group. “As an entrepreneurial organisation, Vaayu must not only grow faster but also have to visualise the future of our businesses quicker than most. Vaayu Group has completed over a decade of successful operations, and we are geared to grow by leveraging both organic and inorganic strategies."
Ms Ling Meng Geah, Director Programme Office, Cabin Interiors and Engineering Solutions at ST Engineering, said, “We are thrilled to work with Vaayu as our launch customer for ACCESS. Through this partnership, we are a step closer to fulfilling our commitment in pioneering and delivering cabin solutions that revolutionise the air travel experience. We look forward to partnering more like-minded operators to create more dignified and inclusive flying experiences for all.”
ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group with a diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments. The Group harnesses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems, enabling a more secure and sustainable world. Headquartered in Singapore, it has operations spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries. ST Engineering reported revenue of $9b in FY2022 and ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index, iEdge SG ESG Transparency Index and iEdge 
SG ESG Leaders Index.
The Vaayu Group, established in 2011(Ras Al Khaimah, UAE), has been delivering tangible value to all its stakeholders over the last 12 years. Its core intent is captured by its tagline “Rethinking Aviation Solutions”. The focus of the company is to rethink solutions for challenges within aviation industry with a keen eye on the future. Its global businesses now straddle large swathes of the aviation industry under a competent and professional team. The inspiration of our home in the UAE will guide us as we soar the skies of the world’s aviation business. 

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