Mercury Products (South) Limited is an engineering company specialising in the design and manufacture of on-board wheelchairs to assist the movement of reduced mobility passengers. The company designed and developed the first Airchair in 2007 and these on-board wheelchairs are now used by airlines, large and small, long and short haul, across the world. Some aircraft aisles are as narrow as 14” (356mm), too narrow for conventional wheelchairs, and therefore the Airchair enables the safe and easy transfer of passengers from their conventional wheelchair to the aircraft seat. It also enables the passenger to be moved around the aircraft during a flight if this is required.
- Lightweight and easy to stow
The Airchair, made from high strength aluminium alloy, incorporating anti-microbial paint, is extremely lightweight (max 6.3kgs). It is supplied in a neat carry bag so that it can be stowed in overhead lockers, wardrobes or the dog box and is quick and simple to unfold to make ready for use.
- Folding back rest
The back rest folds to the rear using a simple ‘push to release’ bar. This feature enables the aircrew or carer to move closer to the passenger and assist a safe and smooth transfer of the passenger from one seat to another without creating unnecessary strain.
- Swivel, locking castors
The swivel castors ensure it is very easy to manoeuvre the Airchair in tight spaces. Push-on, push-off brakes, easy to apply or release by the operator, help control the movement of the chair and guarantee maximum safety at all times.
- Robust but comfortable and stable
The Airchair seat and backrest are made from fire retardant, high quality, wipe clean leather and the wheelchair can carry passengers weighting up to 250kgs (40 stone). Waist and thigh straps and side restraints keep the passenger safe whilst their feet rest on a fold-away footrest during transit.