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Dr. Achim Leder, Gründer von Jetlite © Hamburg Aviation / Fotograf: Lukas KIRCHNER

Lufthansa to test "jetlite's" lighting

Start-up's lighting concept prevents jet lag - company reaping benefits from good, urban infrastructure

Passengers aboard Lufthansa’s new long-haul Airbus A350-900 will experience a cabin lighting concept tailored to the human biorhythm from February 10, 2017, a press release said Wednesday (February 8). Twenty-four different lighting scenarios on the aircraft will ensure that passengers reach their destination well rested and with less jetlag thanks to a concept provided by the jetlite start-up. Anchored in the aviation cluster, jetlite was brought to market-readiness via the six-month Airbus BizLab accelerator program.

Award for successful networking

Dr. Achim Leder, CEO of jetlite, said: “We are thrilled that our lighting concept is making a visible contribution to improving the atmosphere on long-haul flights. Credit for this achievement is also due to the very effective infrastructure in Hamburg. The targeted support in the Airbus Bizlab and the efficient connections between the various players in the aviation cluster and in ZAL meant that we were able to benefit from a unique network from day one.”

The jetlite concept emerged from Leder’s doctoral thesis on improving physical wellbeing aboard aircraft by the targeted use of light. Warm light at the beginning of a night flight makes a demonstrable contribution to comfort and relaxation. In 2016, jetlite was one of six start-ups chosen to move into the newly opened Airbus BizLab in Hamburg. The six-month accelerator program, also offered by the Airbus Group in Toulouse and Bangalore, provides targeted support to external and internal projects, guiding them to market-readiness. This platform for all the regional aviation players, receives substantial support from by the Department of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation, and has won several international awards for successful networking.

Lufthansa to retrofit fleet

The integration of the new lighting technology in Lufthansa’s A350-900 was carried out at the Airbus “Customer Definition” cabin development facility. Famous light planners from Kardoff Ingnenieure in Berlin were responsible for executing the design of jetlite. Lufthansa will retrofit its Boeing 747-8 fleet with the lighting following installation in the new A350 fleet.

Move to ZAL TechCenter

This spring, jetlite and Synergeticon, another start-up in the Airbus BizLab, will relocate to the ZAL TechCenter. Roland Gerhards, CEO of the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, said: “We greatly appreciate the efficient solidarity of working with the Airbus Bizlab and are convinced that relocating to ZAL is the right move for jetlite and Synergeticon. There are already more than 30 partners from the commercial and academic sectors collaborating on research for the future of aviation at the ZAL Tech Center, including all the relevant actors in the aircraft cabin field. And on top of this, the eleven-meter high cabin test rig in ZAL means that jetlite is well equipped to achieve ongoing enhancement of its product. “

The jetlite start-up aims to expand its concept to cover the entire journey beginning with lighting effects at the airport before boarding and a smartphone app that calculates the ideal bedtime for a passenger – days ahead of a flight based on destination and personal sleeping rhythms.

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