JetBlue's new Collins Meridian seating incorporates UltraFabrics Promessa material in the headrest

JetBlue’s A220 flies with latest Ultraleather material

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JetBlue's new Collins Meridian seating incorporates UltraFabrics Promessa material in the headrest

Further details of JetBlue’s seating on its latest A220 aircraft have been released.

The 140 Collins Meridian seats, customised in direct response to customer feedback, feature the added seatback cushioning and headrest padding made from the new, softer animal-free ‘leather’ material from Ultrafabrics Inc., Ultraleather Promessa AV.

According to Ultrafabrics, Promessa is a beautiful innovative and Japanese-crafted leather alternative product designed specifically for comfort.

Ultrafabrics’ proprietary production process, Takumi Technology, creates a four-layer construction that includes a microfoam layer. This provides an extra layer of support, acting as a heat dissipation layer to enhance both physical and thermal comfort for the guests.  The Promessa AV product line also includes an inherent EPA registered antimicrobial solution, for added protection from micro-organisms.

“While we’re a global company, working with such a great customer in our own backyard was a great experience,” said Tapis Corp Sales Director Matthew Nicholls. “You can tell how much JetBlue cares about its passenger experience given the lengths and details they went into, within the development process.”

This JetBlue project is just the latest in aviation interiors for Ultrafabrics and Tapis Corp., having just contributed innovative fabric solutions to the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo vessel.

ZIM Flugistz HQ

ZIM leaves insolvency as restructuring pays off

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ZIM Flugistz HQ

ZIM Flugsitz has exited insolvency proceedings, as the company pursues a restructuring process.

ZIM was affected by the collapse in air travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and had to temporarily register short-time work.

However, restructuring and the recent new contracts with major airlines have allowed ZIM to revoke its self-administration process.

JAMCO Venture Pristine

JAMCO launches Venture Pristine seat

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JAMCO Venture Pristine

JAMCO Corporation has unveiled its latest addition to its Venture business class seating portfolio.

Venture Pristine incorporates the latest antimicrobial and antiviral material finish solutions. Every aspect of the Venture Pristine trim and finish option has been designed to maximise cleanliness during flight while also making sanitising the seat after use both easier and more effective.

A full radius, seamless integrated trim and a seamless capacitive interface for the seat controls create fewer split lines and gaps, making it easy to clean throughout its lifetime.

The seat also incorporates high cleanliness finishes on all surfaces of the product; a variety of modern, hygienic materials and coatings which inhibit the growth of pathogens on all surfaces. High touch areas incorporate materials that are both a poor environment for pathogens and nearly chemical proof, allowing for the use of strong and effective cleaning supplies. Low touch areas, which tend to be cleaned less regularly, incorporate paint impregnated with antimicrobial properties to reduce the surface lifespan of pathogens and maintain sanitary conditions between cleanings.

In addition, Venture includes efficiencies from augmented reality training that supports remote contactless training eliminating the need for face-to-face interaction, to a lightweight design with fewer parts that reduce operational costs.

Safran's Z110i seats are certified on Embraer E-Jets

Safran certifies Z110i seat for E-Jet aircraft

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Safran's Z110i seats are certified on Embraer E-Jets

Safran’s latest generation of economy class seat, the Z110i has been certified on Embraer E-Jets.

The Z110i is equipped with a large range of pre-certified options allowing it to cover a wide range of applications and airline preferences.

For example, airlines can choose Z110i as a very light seat with no recline or as a fully comfortable seat with all options.

According to Safran, the seat is an efficient solution with an overall light weight, which is available in short lead times with a reduced parts count for ease of maintenance and enhanced reliability.

Grant Bennett CEO STG Aerospace

STG Aerospace gets new CEO

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Grant Bennett CEO STG Aerospace

Grant Bennett has been appointed to the role of CEO at STG Aerospace, effective 1 January 2021.

Bennet joined STG Aerospace at the end of June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer.

Commenting on his appointment Grant said: “2020 has been a year of more change at STG, some planned for, but much of it out of necessity as we wrestled to respond quickly whilst the world began to buckle under the pandemic. I am absolutely certain that our simple approach of “keep all our people safe and maintain business continuity” and then doing everything we could to ensure those two things, meant we were able to keep both our UK & US sites operational throughout the year and achieve on time supply to all our customers.

“Through it all STG Aerospace has remained a stable and secure organisation. A business that will remain industry leaders and trusted partners to all our customers and suppliers for many, many years to come.”

Frontier will kit out its new A320neo with SL3710 seating from Recaro

Frontier Airlines selects Recaro seating

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Frontier will kit out its new A320neo with SL3710 seating from Recaro

Denver-based low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has ordered 32,600 SL3710 Recaro seats for installation on 156 Airbus A320neo currently on order.

The roll-out is expected to begin with the delivery of the first aircraft in March 2021 with implementation completed by mid-2027.

“Frontier Airlines is committed to maintaining our position as America’s Greenest Airline and our current fleet is 43% more fuel efficient on average than other US airlines,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines. “The lighter weight Recaro seats will result in tens of thousands of gallons of fuel savings on a single aircraft while improving comfort. Less fuel means reduced operating costs which translates to savings that we can pass on to consumers in the form of low fares.”

Based on US Environmental Protection Agency equivalency calculators, the fuel savings provided by the new seats across the 156 aircraft over the course of a year is equal to the elimination of approximately 642 million plastic bottles, or more than 1.1 billion plastic bags, or more than 15 billion plastic straws from the environment.

The new seats will feature extra comfort, along with redesigned armrests and a larger tray table that will provide added space for laptops, reading materials and other personal devices. “If you’ve ever driven a sports car or other high-performance vehicle with seats of exceptional quality, there’s a good chance you’ve sat in a Recaro seat,” said Biffle.

Recaro BL3530 SPRINT

Avolon selects Recaro Aircraft Seating as it readies for uptake in demand

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Recaro BL3530 SPRINT

Global aircraft lessor Avolon has secured a deal for 20 shipsets of the Recaro BL3530 SPRINT seat for use on aircraft in the transition market.

The order consists of fifteen shipsets for use on A320 aircraft and five shipsets for the B737NG aircraft; the seats will be delivered in the first half of 2021.

Recaro rolled out the SPRINT program in 2019 as a Customer Service solution with only two months from order to delivery. The SPRINT program allows customers to select the ELeather cover colour from five pre-defined and pre-certified colours for the BL3530 seat. SPRINT standard configurations are available for Airbus A319, A320, A321 and Boeing 737 aircraft.

“This transaction will enable Avolon to react very quickly to market demand for flight ready aircraft. It is one of several proactive steps we are taking as a Lessor to support the needs of our customers,” said Enda Swan, Head of New Aircraft Deliveries & Engineering at Avolon.

 

PURE Guard from ELeather

PURE Guard now available from ELeather

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PURE Guard from ELeather

ELeather has launched PURE Guard technology, a proprietary antimicrobial solution that can be integrated into any ELeather product, delivering built-in hygiene.

PURE Guard has been developed to effectively reduce the growth of microbes on the surface of ELeather materials and has been verified through rigorous testing to internationally recognised standards. This technology is incorporated into the product to ensure that it does not wear off or leach out, and that the antimicrobial performance is retained throughout the lifetime of the material.

In addition to PURE Guard technology, ELeather materials perform at their best when a regular cleaning program is maintained.  All materials have been tested to ensure compatibility with the most commonly used sanitisers and are UVC certified by Dimer UVC Innovations in partnership with Honeywell.

Air Astana has introduced premium economy on its Embraer fleet

Air Astana introduces premium economy class on Embraer fleet

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Air Astana has introduced premium economy on its Embraer fleet

Air Astana has replaced business class on its five Embraer 190-E2 aircraft, with the introduction of a new premium economy class.

Premium economy class now occupies seat rows 1 to 12, and debuted on domestic flights from Nur-Sultan to Shymkent, Atyrau, Aktobe and Ust-Kamenogorsk and from Almaty to Kyzylorda on 23 November.

The new seats, Zodiac’s Z535 now part of the Safran Seats portfolio, offer more space and comfort than economy class in with a 2 by 2 layout.  It also allows two baggage items at 32 kg each, at no extra charge.

Nomad Club members travelling in premium economy class will earn the same Nomad Club points as business class passengers and continue to enjoy access to business class lounges and priority at check-in and during boarding.

Air Astana Sales Director, Islam Sekerbelov commented: “We always appreciate and listen to our customers’ feedback.  Thanks to their comments we can continually enhance and improve our service.  The new premium economy class is designed for passengers who value comfort and seek value for money too.  They will still receive the service and privileges of our business class offering.”

Recaro seating

Recaro enters regional market with KLM Cityhopper contract

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Recaro seating

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) will be the launch customer Recaro’s SL3710 economy class seat.

The Dutch national carrier has ordered more than 5,500 seat pax of the SL3710 and nearly 2,000 seat pax of the BL3710 which are slated for delivering starting in February 2021. The Recaro seats will be retrofitted on several Embraer E190 and Boeing 737-800 and will be linefitted on the Embraer E195

Said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Not only is this our first step into the regional aviation sector, but it’s also the first time Recaro has outfitted Embraer aircraft. This is not an opportunity we take lightly, and we look forward to continue pursuing our vision of ‘driving comfort in the sky’.”

The SL3710 weighs in at 8 kgs and can potentially save an aircraft up to several thousand euros in fuel costs per year. The BL3710 is a lightweight seat designed for short and medium-haul flights and offers a six-way adjustable headrest and additional back support. The modular seat design also ensures a streamlined cabin layout and minimal maintenance.

“This is a tremendous honour to be named the launch customer for such a high-quality and comfortable, yet lightweight seat as the SL3710,” said Boet Kreiken, Executive Vice President Customer Experience of KLM. “When we introduced our ‘Fly Responsibly’ sustainable travel campaign, we sought out partners who shared this vision. Recaro seats keep us ahead of the curve, as we are continuously improving the passenger journey and are leading the industry in delivering the economic and social value of network aviation in a sustainable way, by making our products and processes even more sustainable.”