Helsinki, Finland – May 14, 2014 – ICEBRIDGE Ltd, the global market leader in onboard cooling solutions without electricity, will supply innovative chilled mini-bars for Etihad Airways’ forthcoming Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
Designed keeping the limited space and weight constraints of aircraft environments in mind, the units have been produced using highly durable and super-insulative materials that allow contents to be chilled between 5-9°C for up to 17 hours.
The development is part of the ground-breaking new interior, product and service offerings unveiled by Etihad Airways this month for its A380 and B787 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery later this year.
The chilled mini-bars will be available in the airline’s A380 First Apartments and The Residence by Etihad™, a unique three-room suite offering new heights of luxury in the sky. In addition, the units will be built into the arm-rests of seats in the B787 First Suites.
“Our partnership with Etihad Airways goes back to 2012 and we are thrilled to be part of the airline’s new First Apartments and Suites, as well as The Residence,” says Jarmo Aurekoski, Founder and Chairman of ICEBRIDGE. “The development of a solution to cool the in-suite and in-seat mini-bars required some innovative thinking by Etihad Airways and ICEBRIDGE, but the end result is truly a first for the global airline industry.”
Whilst saving airlines millions of Euros, ICEBRIDGE’s trolley and galley concepts have been enhancing the passenger experience since 2011. After initial success by ICEBRIDGE, mainly in European skies, this young and innovative company soon started spreading its wings across the globe. Using the very latest in cooling technology, ICEBRIDGE strives to be always a step ahead of the airline industry ‘standard’.
“The new product and service offering on our Airbus A380s and Boeing B787s are major milestones for Etihad Airways and the global aviation industry as a whole, marking the dawn of an exciting new era in sophisticated, luxurious air travel,” says Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer. “Our latest development follows a five-year research, design and implementation process, where a range of innovative concepts and features, such as the chilled mini-bars, were developed to create a product that is far superior to anything available in the market today.”
Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, ICEBRIDGE already has a permanent presence in the UAE responsible for the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, with activities in the Americas to increase soon. Both airline and passenger feedback are a clear sign that ICEBRIDGE is pursuing the right approach in reducing, or even eliminating, the use for either dry ice or electricity for on-board chilling or freezing for up to 24 hours.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried 11.5 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base Etihad Airways flies to 103 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 96 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 220 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is seeking regulatory approval to invest in Swiss-based regional carrier Darwin Airline. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com