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Biogen and Delta Flight Products to Collaborate with Advocates and Patients to Inform the Future of Accessible Air Travel

June 3, 2024 7:30 AM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ATLANTA, June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) and Delta Flight Products (DFP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines established to create aircraft interior solutions to airlines around the world, announced that the companies will collaborate to inform future enhancements to the air travel journey for passengers with reduced mobility. In the United States alone, approximately 5.5 million individuals rely on wheelchairs for mobility.1

“Cure SMA and the SMA community have been advocating to make air travel safer and more accessible for individuals with disabilities, especially passengers who use a power wheelchair. We are grateful that Biogen and Delta Flight Products will help raise awareness about the experiences of those traveling with reduced mobility and develop possible solutions to help them travel with ease. This is a meaningful step toward allowing a passenger to use their own wheelchair as their airplane seat,” said Kenneth Hobby, President, Cure SMA.

The companies will connect with individuals living with rare disease mobility restrictions at community events to listen and learn about their travel experiences and specific needs. Through these interactions, Biogen and DFP aim to better understand the experiences of passengers with reduced mobility, identify gaps and unmet needs in travel accessibility, and inform future innovations and tools aimed at creating a more equitable flying experience.

“Biogen has long championed independence for people living with rare, neuromuscular diseases, which is why we are passionate about helping advance travel accessibility for individuals with reduced mobility,” said Kristen Fortino, Head of the U.S. Rare Disease Franchise at Biogen North America. “We are honored to introduce Delta Flight Products to the communities we serve and work together to better inform innovations that are equitable to travelers of various abilities.”

The first activation of the collaboration between Biogen and DFP will occur at Cure SMA’s 2024 Annual SMA Conference taking place June 6-9, 2024, in Austin, Texas. Insights gained from patients and advocates will be summarized and shared publicly with the community.

During the event, people living with rare neuromuscular diseases will have the opportunity to learn about DFP’s first-of-its-kind airplane seat prototype that aims to allow customers to remain in their own wheelchairs for their entire journey, as well as other DFP advancements, including cargo storage improvements designed to better protect mobility devices that need to be stowed. DFP’s innovative seat was brought to reality in partnership with UK-based consortium AirforAll, which includes PriestmanGoode, Flying Disabled, SWS Certification and Sunrise Medical.

The seat converts a standard passenger seat to an accommodation for wheelchair restraint and the patented design offers comfort and safety by providing access to headrest, center console tray tables and a cocktail table that adjust to serve passengers with wheelchairs in place. The seat earned the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) 2024 Innovation Award for Best Cabin, and will go through testing and certification programs with the Federal Aviation Administration for review later this year.

“We understand how important it is to have a seamless travel journey, which is why we’re dedicated to the creation of new possibilities for customers with disabilities,” said Rick Salanitri, President, Delta Flight Products. “Through this unique opportunity with Biogen, we are continuing to inform and expand our efforts to create a world that is more inclusive and accessible for all.”

During the Cure SMA Annual Conference, Biogen and DFP encourage members of the rare disease communities to share their experience and insights on accessible travel on social media using the hashtag #2024SMAConference.

About Biogen
Founded in 1978, Biogen is a leading biotechnology company that pioneers innovative science to deliver new medicines to transform patients’ lives and to create value for shareholders and our communities. We apply deep understanding of human biology and leverage different modalities to advance first-in-class treatments or therapies that deliver superior outcomes. Our approach is to take bold risks, balanced with return on investment to deliver long-term growth.

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About Delta Flight Products
Delta Flight Products (DFP) was established to re-think aircraft interiors. DFP offers modern solutions to airline interiors through the engineering and production of cabin design, technological systems, cabin furnishings, food/beverage galleys, and storage equipment. DFP provides full-service engineering, certification, and manufacturing to create innovative aircraft interior solutions to airlines around the world. It has recently been awarded the 2024 APEX Innovation Award for Best Cabin, based on the original seat prototype for passengers with reduced mobility. To learn more about DFP, visit deltatechops.com/delta-flight-products.

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  1. U.S. Department of Transportation. DOT Launches Public Awareness Campaign. Available at: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-public-awareness-campaign-ensure-air-travelers-disabilities-know-their. Last accessed May 2024.

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