EXCAPE Emergency Equipment Addresses a Passenger Safety Need in the Airline Industry

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EXCAPE North America announced their successful integration of their emergency evacuation equipment into the Airline Industry with their new X70 Air model.

EXCAPE N.A. (http://www.excape-na.com) is a premier international supplier of emergency stair descending chairs to hotels, cruise lines, ambulance services, shopping malls and office buildings throughout Europe and the U.S. Now they're introducing a chair designed for the airline industry with the same physical characteristics and functionality as their popular X70 model, but streamlined to be maneuvered down airplane aisles.

"By learning from the success of the X70 and X50 models we've targeted a niche with the X70 Air model that none of our competitors can match," says Executive Director Chris Pearson. "The new X70 Air is specifically designed for airplane aisles where traditional wheelchairs are unable to maneuver. Unfortunately what occurs now when a passenger needs assistance off a plane, they have to be carried to a wheelchair at the front of the plane. With the X70 Air, the chair can be wheeled directly to the passenger's seat where the passenger can be assisted into the chair then wheeled off the plane," explains Pearson.

The lightweight X70 Air can be folded and stored on an airplane to be utilized in any situation; from a simple transport on or off a plane to an emergency evacuation down the stairs to the tarmac. The multiple functionality of the X70 Air appears to make traditional wheelchairs seem obsolete in airport settings and for the same cost as a quality wheelchair it makes economical sense. Several airports in the European Union have recently purchased numerous chairs and EXCAPE is anticipating the same success and acceptance within the U.S. airline industry.

"Our X50 and X70 Models, by design, fall into the stair descent device category recommended and described in the NFPA Life Safety Code 2009 manual. The NFPA is internationally respected so any time you can meet their requirements it adds credibility to your device," says Pearson. The company believes the adherence to those strict specifications, for commercial buildings, helped inspire the initiative to design a chair to be fully functional on airplanes and in airports where passenger safety and evacuation efficiency is paramount.

Currently EXCAPE N.A. is in talks with major airline and aeronautic executives to discuss incorporating the X70 Air into newly manufactured airplanes.


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