New lavatories are coming to the Boeing 737 family of aircraft. Under a new, long-term contract announced Wednesday, Collins Aerospace will deliver the next generation of toilets for the Boeing fleet.
Years of cooperation, hard work and innovation have culminated in a final product that provides increased airline value, a clear path for future technology integration and improved passenger amenities.– Cynthia Muklevicz, vice president of business development for Collins Aerospace
The new lavatory offerings build on a modular design framework. They also offer significant customization opportunities for trim, finish and lighting. Touchless functionality is included, as is the latest in micro-LED lighting technology.
A centralized computing system manages the new lavs to optimize the passenger experience, improve airline operability and help pave the way for future technology integration.
“We believe this advanced lavatory will be the standard for single-aisle aircraft for years to come,” notes Troy Brunk, president of Interiors for Collins Aerospace. “The next-generation lavatory enables a degree of choice not typically afforded narrow-body operators, with the flexibility and integrated technology for simple and efficient customization and installation of upgrades.”
A touchless faucet comes standard in the new 737 lavatory design. Other touchless amenities such as toilet flush, waste bin, soap dispenser and toilet seat / lid are available to airlines as upgrade options.
And with the computing system to control the touchless components come increased monitoring and maintenance solutions. The new lavs can be scaled to provide component health monitoring, predictive maintenance, amenity management and modularity. Ultimately this eases the integration of additional features in the future.
The next-generation lavatory is expected to be available on new 737 airplanes beginning in 2025. Installation is available in 12 separate airplane locations and several different lavatory variations to choose from.
One major improvement is the option for an accessible lavatory for passengers of all mobilities. With the 737s operating ever longer trips, including across oceans, the accommodating design is a much needed option.
A favor to ask while you're here...
Did you enjoy the content? Or learn something useful? Or generally just think this is the type of story you'd like to see more of? Consider supporting the site through a donation (any amount helps). It helps keep me independent and avoiding the credit card schlock.