Airbus engineers devise unique travel pillow, napEazy Spins-off as a new company
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Kolkata / Bengaluru. Airbus India has assisted an internal team of engineers to spin off into an independent company that has designed and developed a unique comfort kit especially for long-haul economy-class passengers.
This is the first time in the Indian aerospace sector that an internal team has been encouraged by the parent company to spin off as an autonomous organisation. The new company, UUO Innovation, was accelerated at Airbus Bizlab India, which will continue to support the market launch of the comfort kit called napEazy.
napEazy travel pillow is more than just a neck pillow; it is a multiuse comfort kit that flyers can use to sleep in different postures during long-haul air travel. The best part is, its usage doesn’t end at air-travel and it can be used while traveling in car, coach or train. The patented design was developed as an internal project by Airbus employees Pradipta Kishore Sahoo and Soham Narayan Patel at the Airbus India facilities in Bengaluru.
“International air travel is growing. So is the market for products that ease the pain of long-haul flights. napEazy is ergonomic and offers a unique resting and sleeping experience. The opportunity and guidance provided by Airbus to develop this product is invaluable,” said Soham Narayan Patel, CEO and Co-Founder of UUO Innovation Pvt Ltd.
“Airbus always seeks to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. India has some of the most brilliant engineers on the planet and we are proud that we could support two of our employees to become full time entrepreneurs with a thoughtful product,” said Suraj Chettri, Head of Human Resources, Airbus India and South Asia.
napEazy comfort kit is expected to be launched in the market by August 2019. Initially it will be launched globally on crowd funding platform KickStarter and IndieGoGo for pre-order and then across other e-commerce platforms.
About Airbus Bizlab
Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. Since its inception in 2015, Airbus BizLab has accelerated 72 startups and 54 internal projects.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.