The U.K. government is preparing to install a flush ceiling air conditioning system on an Airbus A350 aircraft in an attempt to cut emissions from the engine and prevent the plane from being caught on fire.
Airbus said it will provide a cost estimate of $1.3 billion for the system, which will include two types of fans, a pressure-activated system and a control system that monitors the airflow in the cabin.
The A350 is one of the largest jets in the world and is capable of flying for up to 15 hours on a single tank of gas.
The jets are built at Airbus’ Airbus unit in Bordeaux, France, and have the capacity to fly to up to 30 destinations.
Airline representatives have said they have been working on the new system for years and are confident the air conditioning is safe.
But a spokesman for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said the system’s air-conditioning system must be installed before it is safe to fly.
The Air Transport Association (ATA) said on Tuesday that it would work with the British government to “provide a cost-benefit analysis for the implementation of this technology” by April 2019.
The airline industry has been under fire from critics who say air conditioning on the planes is inefficient and not fit for purpose.