Sabena Technics introduces humidifier to VIP A318

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Bordeaux, France-based Sabena Technics, a VIP completion and maintenance services provider, will fit

a CTT "Cair" cabin air humidifier to an Airbus A318. It is the first time this system has been fitted to an A318, according to CTT Systems, and the work is being done for a Middle Eastern VIP transport operator.

Peter Landquist, vice president sales and marketing at Nykoping, Sweden-based CTT Systems explained that humidity control systems are becoming popular with operators dealing with VIP and premium passengers because it provides a comfort improvement that discerning passengers appreciate. CTT's two onboard humidity control systems--Cair and its counterpart Zonal Drying--can provide humidity where it is needed while reducing condensation on the internal fuselage skin and its insulation layer by 85%. This eliminates more than 200kg of condensation water in a standard narrowbody, which saves on fuel and maintenance. Zonal Drying is standard on the Boeing 787, says Landquist, and Cair is optional. More than 400 airliners are fitted with the systems now, and they are gaining ground particularly in the premium class and high-end business aircraft markets.

Sabena Technics' Francesco Aucelli, VIP and cabin modifications head of procurement, said his company "is is very pleased to be working again with CTT." He adds, "we had a very strong collaboration on a previous project which was a driving factor for choosing them again. We look forward to working together on this new exciting project."

Landquist said: "It's a great pleasure for us to announce this order as it's the second with Sabena Technics' completion centre."