Air China named as launch customer for Recaro’s CL6720 business class seat

Air China named as launch customer for Recaro’s CL6720 business class seat

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Air China named as launch customer for Recaro’s CL6720 business class seat

Air China will be the launch customer for the new CL6720 business class seat, which will equip the carrier’s new A350 fleet.

The order of ten shipsets marks the first time Air China has selected a Recaro staggered full-flat business class seat for their long-range aircraft.

The CL6720 is designed to enhance the travel experience with additional privacy features and increased living space. With the lightweight structure, combined with an efficient seat configuration, the CL6720 can save airlines thousands in fuel costs and help reduce their carbon footprint.

The exclusive CL6720 seat customised by Air China is designed from the perspective of passenger demand and experience.

In addition to the CL6720 business class, Air China also selected Recaro premium economy seat PL3530 and the economy class seat CL3710 for their new A350 fleet.

Jetstar Australia’s new A321neo aircraft, due to arrive from 2022 onwards, will be outfitted with Recaro’s BL3710 seating.

Jetstar to equip A321neo aircraft with Recaro’s BL3710 seats

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Jetstar Australia’s new A321neo aircraft, due to arrive from 2022 onwards, will be outfitted with Recaro’s BL3710 seating.

Jetstar Australia’s new A321neo aircraft, due to arrive from 2022 onwards, will be outfitted with Recaro’s BL3710 seating.

Jetstar will be one of the first airlines in the Asia-Pacific region to integrate the BL3710 into its fleet when it is introduced next year.

The aircraft will seat 232 passengers in a single-class cabin. Pitched at 29 inches, the BL3710 seats, the successor model of the BL3530, which has been successfully operating on Jetstar’s current A320 fleet, are 18 inches wide, and will have tapered arm rests to maximise personal space. The seat also features individual tablet holders and in-seat USB power.

Jetstar’s 18 planned A321neo’s will also feature extra-large overhead bins with 40%  more room to stow bags; digital streaming giving passengers the ability to access Jetstar’s in-flight entertainment featuring new release movies, TV shows and games on their personal devices; flip-down smartphone and tablet cradles and colour LED lighting that adjusts to the different stages of flight, supporting the transition through various stages of flight.

Jetstar’s 18 A321 LRs will be deployed on domestic routes and ultimately on some international routes like Sydney to Bali.

Adient has partnered with JohnSatterfield on its Ascend seat

Satterfield takes Ascent with Adient

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Adient has partnered with JohnSatterfield on its Ascend seat

Satterfield Aerospace is providing meal trays for Adient Aerospace’s new business class seat, Ascent.

The company was selected in April 2019, with engineering finalisation occurring this year.

The seat, a recent winner of International Yacht & Aviation Awards for Cabin Design, debuted in June this year on Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

“We could not be more proud of our being selected by Adient to design, develop and build meal tables for the Ascent seat – which is truly an engineering marvel,” said John Satterfield, President and CEO of Satterfield Aerospace. “It is their desire to truly improve the passenger experience, streamline the build process and think outside of the box that has created an excitement in the industry.”

Satterfield meal tables provide the perfect complement to one of the most innovative seats to come along in some time. The meal tables protect surrounding furniture with interlocking mechanisms that are intuitive, discrete and provide many options for various carriers.

Several major airlines, including Hawaiian, have already selected the Adient Ascent seat for their twin‐aisle aircraft, which have displayed a 1‐2‐1 seating configuration, with the centre seats laying down to create a double bed. The seats also feature an optional sliding door, which turns them into a private, quiet suite.

“We began with the vision of bringing automotive DNA to the aerospace market, and our commitment to on‐time performance, quality and craftsmanship will be the standard for our customers around the world” said Bryan Dawson, acting CEO, Adient Aerospace.

Rendering of Qatar's new CL3810 economy seating from RecaroL

Qatar Airways to outfit A321neo with Recaro economy class seating

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Rendering of Qatar's new CL3810 economy class seating - rear

Qatar Airways will receive Recaro brand-new CL3810 economy class seat, for outfitting its new A321neo fleet.

Starting at the end of 2022, 20 shipsets of the CL3810 will be installed.

Qatar Airways is one of the first airlines to select the CL3810, which was unveiled in 2020. The customised seat features offer a wider backrest for increased comfort and privacy, as well as a six-way headrest with adjustable neck support feature.

“We are pleased to be one of the first global airlines to select the CL3810 Economy Class seat – Recaro’s latest, sustainable and advanced seating product,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker. “Established nearly two decades ago, our long-term partnership with Recaro Aircraft Seating reflects our confidence in the supplier’s exemplified designs and technology.”

The newest addition to the economy class portfolio, the CL3810’s unique shape was designed to support the passenger’s points of tension, which reflects the design of the Recaro Automotive sport seat. Compared to its predecessor, the CL3810 offers an additional inch of living space, a more advanced articulated seat pan, and a wider backrest to enhance row-to-row privacy.

The seat weight was reduced by more than 15% when compared to the CL3710, which can save airlines thousands in fuel costs and optimise cabin performance. All Recaro seats are comprised of long-lasting and durable materials that help extend the life cycle of seats and minimise the total cost of ownership for airlines.

AJW is joining forces with Autostop Aviation, the producers of SkyLeather, a synthetic leather for airlines designed by the automotive industry.

AJW launches AJW Technique Interiors

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AJW is joining forces with Autostop Aviation, the producers of SkyLeather, a synthetic leather for airlines designed by the automotive industry.

AJW has signed a 10-year partnership agreement with the largest seat cover manufacturing facility in Europe. AJW is joining forces with Autostop Aviation, the producers of SkyLeather, a synthetic leather for airlines designed by the automotive industry.

SkyLeather, available in any colour and grain, is a new cost-effective, lightweight, and unparalleled product boasting advanced durability, soft to touch, antimicrobial and, with easy clean technology. The Polyurethane synthetic leather is both vegan and eco-friendly.

The partnership offers airlines lean seat cover manufacturing with embedded Six Sigma principles, practiced as standard in the automotive.

The in-house, synthetic leather production gives airlines the opportunity to benefit from a one-stop-shop facility, with design, development, testing and production of seat covers, all housed under one roof.

Christopher Whiteside, Chairman and CEO of AJW Group, commented: “AJW prides itself on transforming aviation efficiency, and the announcement of the new AJW Technique Interiors division offering synthetic leather, seat cover manufacturing, life vest pouches and carpet kitting, to name a few, will bring game changing savings and efficiencies to airlines across the globe.”

Recaro Aircraft Seating has opened its new building complex at its Schwäbisch Hall headquarters.

Recaro Aircraft Seating inaugurates new building complex

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Recaro Aircraft Seating has opened its new building complex at its Schwäbisch Hall headquarters.

Recaro Aircraft Seating has opened its new building complex at its Schwäbisch Hall headquarters.

With a €50 million investment, the 19,000-square-meter building features a customer service production area, crash test and flame lab facilities, and customer service offices for more than 120 employees.

“It has been an exciting day for Team Recaro, as this has been a long-time vision that has finally been brought to life. The new space will be a game-changer, especially the new flame lab and test crash facility,” said Mark Hiller, CEO at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “The facility will also serve as a visible icon to the onsite and global team members who demonstrated unprecedented resilience over these past 18 months. Thanks to their hard work, we can continue driving comfort in the sky.”

In front of the building is the company’s newest icon, the tail fin from a B707 aircraft. Gifted to Recaro earlier in 2021, the tail fin will serve as a landmark to visitors and is a public representation of the company’s heritage.

The facility was designed with a KfW-Effizienzhaus 55 standard and was constructed with sustainable materials. From energy-efficient solar shades to district heating integration, the new facility was built to improve the end-use of energy and be a resource-saving future during operations.

The customer service building is a part of the space2grow expansion plan at Recaro, which is integrated into the long-term strategy for its five global manufacturing facilities. Recaro established the space2grow initiative in 2018 to invest in new buildings production space.

A wide variety of Recaro seats are being featured at the hybrid seat show, including the award-winning BL3710 economy class seat,

Recaro Aircraft Seating launches innovative hybrid seat show

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A wide variety of Recaro seats are being featured at the hybrid seat show, including the award-winning BL3710 economy class seat,

Recaro Aircraft Seating has launched the first-of-its-kind hybrid seat show, taking place at the company’s headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany.

The two-week event, which began on 6 September and comes to a close on 17 September, has attracted nearly 100 participating customers.

“This hybrid seat show is one way we can invest in the industry’s path to recovery. We have used the past 18 months to improve efficiency and continue building our future,” said Mark Hiller, CEO at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Standing at the threshold of a new age of air travel, Recaro will never stop innovating or engaging. We are a brand in motion and are committed to delivering superior experiences for our customers.”

The seat show is structured with slots where airline can register to attend either in-person or virtually. In order to accommodate almost all time zones, Recaro sales teams are meeting with customers from 5 am– 10 pm every day of the show. During the seat demonstrations, customers are free to ask questions to the sales team, product managers or engineers.

A wide variety of Recaro seats are being featured at the hybrid seat show, including the award-winning BL3710 economy class seat, the brand-new CL3810 long-range economy class seat, and the CL6720 lie-flat business class seat. Regional jet customers can experience the SL3710 and BL3710 economy class seats, which have been adapted for regional, short-range flights. Recaro is also showcasing its flexible seating solutions, including the BL3530 SPRINT, SMART and SWIFT seats, which can be ordered and installed within six months or less.

Elemento is the first of a new family of next-generation aircraft seats as part of the collaboration between Geven and PriestmanGoode has been revealed.

Geven and PriestmanGoode unveil Elemento economy seat

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Elemento is the first of a new family of next-generation aircraft seats as part of the collaboration between Geven and PriestmanGoode has been revealed.

The first of a new family of next-generation aircraft seats as part of the collaboration between Geven and PriestmanGoode has been revealed.

Elemento is part of the partnership’s project to create an entirely new line of next-generation seats, focused on innovative features that deliver enhanced passenger comfort and benefits, whilst allowing for maximum airline customisation and easy configuration into different aircraft types.

The lightweight Elemento economy class seat features a host of features aimed at increasing passenger experience and comfort. The seat’s modular design allows for easier installation and integration of the most varied latest generation monitors and PED holders as well as ease of integration into both wide – and narrow-body aircraft.

Features of the Elemento seat include:

  • Adjustable privacy headrest, to give passengers extra head support and comfort;
  • Integrated table lighting, providing passengers with discreet individual lighting;
  • Bespoke woven dress covers featuring a pattern inspired by the Geven ‘V’, and/or airline personalised trim & finish;
  • Enhanced comfort solutions (patented wave system);
  • Adjustable PED Holders, designed to accommodate all possible variants of Personal Electronic Devices carried on board by passengers;
  • Cocktail table;
  • Large passenger stowage compartments;
  • Quick installation fitting for ease of maintenance operations when needed.

The colour palette was inspired by the Geven brand colours and the Italian coastline at sunset, with light grey seats, deep blue headrests and seat frames with red accents. This combination gives a fresh and clean visual chromatic experience with bursts of warmth. Bright whites have been used to highlight key features of the seats. Technical materials, like mesh, were chosen to keep the interiors contemporary and nod to Italy’s heritage of designing high performance vehicles. Sustainability was a key driver in the selection of finishes, and natural metal finishes were chosen to offer a more environmentally conscious approach, as well as reflect Geven’s mission to deliver “honest, hardworking, exquisitely crafted products.”

Pasquale Rapullini, Research and Development Manager at Geven commented: “We started this project with the aim to create the next generation passenger experience. The new family line embodies a strong emphasis on all those elements that make Italian style highly recognised all around the world.”

Daniel MacInnes, Design Director at PriestmanGoode added: “Geven’s knowledge and passion for pushing the development of the seat allowed us to integrate higher levels of quality and finishes and will enable them to become the new class leaders with this family of next-gen seats. We developed bespoke materials and finishes, and a new style direction, based on clean integrated lines.

“As aviation designers, it’s great to be working with Geven. We work with airlines and airframe manufacturers all over the world, so we know what it takes to customise a seat, we know what clients and passengers want and how we can add unique touches to a standard product to make it stand out. What we’ve created with this collaboration is a distinct product for Geven that will allow their clients to adapt and customise it easily to their own requirements. We’re delighted to see the first seat revealed.”

The Premium, Premium + and Business Class seats will be unveiled later this year.

Lufthansa passengers traveling in economy class on select long-haul flights will have the option of booking a Sleeper’s Row at the check-in or at the gate before their flight.

Lufthansa introduces Sleeper’s Row on select long-haul flights

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Lufthansa passengers traveling in economy class on select long-haul flights will have the option of booking a Sleeper’s Row at the check-in or at the gate before their flight.

Lufthansa passengers traveling in economy class on select long-haul flights will have the option of booking a Sleeper’s Row at the check-in or at the gate before their flight.

The new offer allows passengers to book an entire row of seats for themselves, consisting of three to four adjacent seats, for the entire duration of the flight, accompanied by a pillow, blanket and mattress topper of business class quality. Passengers are required to wear a special seat belt, which remains fastened even when the passenger is lying down, including separate safety instructions. In addition, passengers who book a Sleeper’s Row can benefit from pre-boarding, allowing them enter the aircraft earlier than other guests.

Lufthansa offers the Sleeper’s Row on long-haul flights of approximately eleven hours or more, with a maximum of three Sleeper’s Rows offered per flight. Reservations in advance are not possible.

Lufthansa tested the Sleeper’s Row on the route Frankfurt – São Paulo – Frankfurt for several weeks at the end of last year, receiving a lot of positive feedback from passengers and was in high demand. According to Lufthansa, the Sleeper’s Row is a further step towards more product diversity in Economy Class to meet passengers’ wishes for more comfort and individuality.

The first shipset of Essenza and Comoda seats from Geven have been delivered to S7 Airlines, for outfitting on the Russian airline’s A320neo economy class and business class cabins.

Geven extends relationship with S7 Airlines

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The first shipset of Essenza and Comoda seats from Geven have been delivered to S7 Airlines, for outfitting on the Russian airline’s A320neo economy class and business class cabins.

The first shipset of Essenza and Comoda seats from Geven have been delivered to S7 Airlines, for outfitting on the Russian airline’s A320neo economy class and business class cabins.

Approximately 3,000 Essenza and 130 Comoda seats will be installed in the coming years, across the airline’s fleet of 28 two-cabin class A320neos.

“Working together with S7 Airlines’ team on the first linefit project has been a fantastic opportunity for Geven. The result of their cooperative, enthusiastic and professional contribution to this project will be significant for future collaboration opportunities,” stated Giovanni Vitiello, Head of Program Management at Geven.

Economy class will be equipped with 156 Essenza seats, which provides a reclining backrest up to 5 inches, and offers integrated in-seat power (USB & AC) from Astronics. Essenza also features a 4-way headrest, generous in-arm table with integrated device holder, coat hook, literature and amenity pocket.

A backrest upper literature pocket with integrated device holder, new Super Comfort bottom cushion manufactured by Greiner, (grey and black with a green strip on the backrest cover) personalise the seats for S7 Airlines.

The eight-seat business class will be outfitted with Comoda with its seat with large and reclining 8-inch composite backrest.

The leather central console design features a soft touch 8.6-inch armcap, and integrated amenity pocket. The adjustable 4-way headrest features differential friction on headrest wings for easy adjustment and proper head support.

The seat also features lateral soft touch 2.8-inch endbay with a double -leafed configured in-arm table integrating device holder, integrated Astronics in-seat power system (USB & AC) and a lower literature pocket. The seat is finished with black and purple customised designed cushions.