Airbus is intending to offer electronically-dimmable windows as an option on A350s, and plans to disclose more details at the Aircraft Interiors Expo at the end of March.
The airframer does not currently use such technology in its aircraft range, unlike Boeing which fits dimmable windows on its 787s.
Airbus says the new windows, developed by US firm Gentex, are a newer design, developed in co-operation with the airframer and able to block 99.999% of light.
It says the feature will be available “in the near future” for Airbus customers. They will be “mechanically simpler” than normal window shades, the airframer claims.
The manufacturer has not publicly identified an initial customer for the development.
FlightGlobal understands that the A350 is in line to receive the new windows, but Airbus has not specified whether they will be fitted to other types.
Airbus plans to give further information on the technology and the timeframe for its introduction at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg which runs from 31 March.