Burrana has been awarded a contract from Hong Kong-based start-up carrier Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) for the supply of in-seat cabin power (USB) on its Boeing 737-800 fleet.
GBA has applied to operate to a total of 104 destinations across the region, including the Chinese Mainland, North Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Critical to Greater Bay’s selection was Burrana ’s ability to offer an easy installation with the lightest weight system in the industry.
“Our ability to meet an aggressive modification timeline of fewer than six months was key for GBA to comply with EASA certification, enabling the airline to start commercial operations in early October”, commented Burrana’s director for Asia Pacific, Ryo Lee.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Greater Bay Airlines as they launch their new operations. GBA’s selection of Burrana confirms that our lightweight architecture, flexible installation options, and ability to deliver quickly are addressing key challenges that airlines face. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with GBA”, commented David Pook, VP of marketing & sales support at Burrana.
A Hong Kong-based start-up carrier, founded by local tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau, Greater Bay Airlines is run by industry veteran Algernon Yau, former CEO of Cathay Dragon. GBA plans to have 10 B737-800 aircraft in service by 2022 and more than 30 by 2026.
Last June, Burrana unveiled its latest entertainment platform. The Rise platform consists of hardware, software, apps, and services which can be scaled up or down depending on aircraft type and business need.
Enabled by shared hardware and a common 48VDC power backbone, it can be configured to include seatback, wireless, or overhead entertainment, as well as in-seat power – or any desired combination of these.
All the displays are 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution and feature High Dynamic Range (HDR), large amounts of local storage, and robust processing power, packaged in a very thin and modern design.