Cabin interior specialist Diehl Aviation has won a contract from Boeing to supply emergency lighting equipment for the 787 programme.

The German manufacturer says the agreement covers development and supply of control units and batteries for emergency lighting systems across all 787 variants.

Diehl already supplies cabin lighting for the Dreamliner, and ceiling and doorway panelling for 787-10s, but has not previously supplied emergency lighting power systems for the programme.

Deliveries of the emergency lighting equipment are scheduled to begin "early in the next decade", says Diehl.

It adds that it is supplying emergency-lighting power systems for a range of aircraft, and has developed a "smart battery concept" with a lithium-ion battery which will be employed on the 787.