New Zealand’s national carrier is launching a new electric island air-conditioner to replace old-fashioned gas-fired ones.
The company’s new “Electric Island Air Conditioner” (EIA) will be launched next week at a New Zealand Air Show event, where it will be able to provide a more eco-friendly way of cooling.
“The EIA is a small air conditioners that’s been engineered to fit into the inside of the cabin of the aircraft,” CEO of the New Zealand carrier, the Air New Zealand (ANZ), Dave Tait, told Business Insider.
“The cabin of a Boeing 747 will need a lot of energy to run it.”
He said it was “not just about the energy consumption of the energy-efficient, carbon-neutral air condition system, but also the efficiency of the process.”
The new EIA will be “built to last, which means it will last for years,” Tait said.
He said it would be able “to provide cool air and keep you cool”.
In a press release, ANZ said the EIA would be “a one-stop shop” for people looking to buy a brand new, new, and better home air-con for the home or business.
“An EIA fits perfectly into any home or office environment and can be easily installed on a large number of aircraft,” the company said.
“It can be installed on planes as small as 50kg, and is capable of running for up to 40 years.
An EIA’s built-in cooling system will last years.”
The Eia, a brand name for a small, compact air conditioning system that can be used to cool the cabin, is currently sold for $2,999.
Its price is slightly higher than a traditional gas-powered air condition, and ANZ plans to launch an EIA-compatible version for around $3,999 by the end of the year.
Tait said the company hoped to offer its new product to more than 1,000 people each month by the time it goes on sale.
“We hope to be able offer the Eia to people who are looking for something more environmentally friendly and affordable,” he said.
“We’ll be selling the EAA to people in New Zealand who live in the country and want to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Tait described the Eias “power-packed” design as “super-compact”.
“They’re designed to fit inside the aircraft cabin and keep your home cool,” he told Business Independent.
“It’s also designed to work with our other electric air condition units.”
The ANZ launched a similar “green” version of the Air Cooler last year.
Its “Power Pack” is available to buy on Amazon, while ANZ’s “Energy Pack” can be ordered for about $1,200.
Tatsao Kanai, a former student of Tait’s, said the new Eia was “cool” and “fantastic”.
“You don’t need any fancy gadgets or equipment,” he explained.
“You just have to plug it in and it’ll do the job.”
Kanai also praised ANZ for using a “eco-friendly” material in the design of the EIAs.
“Its carbon-free, so it’s a good product,” he added.