STAMFORD, CT – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced today that it has entered into a long-term collaboration with Lufthansa, one of the world’s largest airlines, to equip passengers with an aviation-certified adaptation of AKG N60 NC (noise cancelling) headphones. Beginning in January 2017, all business class seats on Lufthansa flights will be outfitted with the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) award winning active noise-cancelling headphones from AKG.
The AKG N60 NC headphones meet the latest aviation standards, including RTCA-DO160G, plane manufacturer specific tests, and are certified equipment for all current and new planes, including Airbus A350 and Boeing 777.
“Whether enjoying movies, music, games, or any of Lufthansa’s in-flight entertainment offerings, business cabin passengers will enjoy a luxurious and immersive audio experience through HARMAN’s award-winning AKG headphones,” said Michael Mauser, EVP and President of the HARMAN Lifestyle Audio Division. “This is the first initiative in what we expect will be a long-term partnership with Lufthansa, to provide future HARMAN connected technologies to equip the organization and their passengers.”
The AKG N60 NC headphones have been designed and acoustically tuned with the traveler in mind. Best in class active noise cancellation minimizes the disruptive sounds encountered on everything from planes to trains. Premium material such as aluminum, memory foam and leather provide elegant aesthetics, while remaining lightweight for a comfortable listening experience.
HARMAN will also support the repair, service or replacement of headphones as needed, ensuring Lufthansa’s passengers always enjoy best AKG quality. The agreement to supply AKG N60 NC equipment is for an initial term of five years.
The Lufthansa Group is the world’s biggest airline group in turnover terms, and is also the market leader in Europe’s airline sector. The Group strives to be the “First Choice in Aviation” for its customers, employees, shareholders and partners. And safety, quality, reliability and innovation are the prime credentials and priorities of all its business activities.
The Lufthansa Group is divided into the three strategic areas of Hub Airlines, Point-to-Point Business and Service Companies. The Group’s network carriers, with their premium brands of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, serve its home market from their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna hubs. With its Eurowings brand, the Group also offers short- and long-haul point-to-point services in the growing private travel market. And with its service companies, which are all global market leaders in their individual industries, the Lufthansa Group has found success in further areas of the aviation business.
The Lufthansa Group’s airlines currently (i.e. as of summer 2016) serve 316 destinations in 101 countries on four continents. The Group’s total fleet comprises some 600 aircraft; and its member airlines will be taking delivery of 251 new transports between now and 2025. The Group employed around 120,000 personnel in 2015, welcomed 107.7 million passengers aboard its flights and generated sales of some EUR 32.1 billion.
The Lufthansa Group is headed by its five-member Executive Board. Carsten Spohr is Chairman & CEO; Karl Ulrich Garnadt is in charge of Eurowings and aviation services; Harry Hohmeister bears responsibility for the commercial management of the Group’s hub airlines and airports; Simone Menne is head of finance and IT; and Dr. Bettina Volkens is in charge of HR and legal affairs.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.7 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.