Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather is a sustainable natural leather with built-in antimicrobial technology designed to improve the hygiene of aircraft cabins.

Scottish-Swedish partnership unveils new hygiene leather

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Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather is a sustainable natural leather with built-in antimicrobial technology designed to improve the hygiene of aircraft cabins.

Muirhead has partnered with Sweden’s Polygiene to develop a sustainable leather with built-in antimicrobial self-cleaning properties, for use in the aviation and other transport cabin environments.

Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather with Polygiene ViralOff protects the treated material, breaking down bacteria that cause odours and viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 , to over 99% within two hours.

“We are pleased to offer Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather with Polygiene ViralOff to take seat hygiene to a new level and play a key role in setting new standards in cabin wellness. The team at Muirhead are working closely with airlines, design studios and aircraft manufacturers to create interiors solutions for the future of travel and transportation,” said Archie Browning, Sales Director at Muirhead.

“Muirhead is a leading supplier of fine Scottish leather to the global aviation industry with a strong reputation for responsible innovation, durability and circular manufacturing. It is inspiring how they lead the way for sustainability in the leather industry, just as we at Polygiene lead the way
for sustainability in the textile and fashion industry through our antimicrobial and odour removal products. We are looking forward to adding value to this industry together with Muirhead,” said Ulrika Björk, CEO of Polygiene.

Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has debuted its first new Airbus A320neo outfitted with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s SL3710 seat.

Frontier Airlines rolls out first aircraft with Recaro seating

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Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has debuted its first new Airbus A320neo outfitted with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s SL3710 seat.

Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has debuted its first new Airbus A320neo outfitted with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s SL3710 seat.

The economy class seat, which is making its North American debut with Frontier, weighs 8 kg – a 30% weight reduction over existing seats.

Frontier is slated to receive 156 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft over the next six years, which will be equipped with 186 and 240 SL3710 seats, respectively. Starting in July 2020, Recaro ramped up the customisation and certification process to ensure the first seats would begin delivery in February 2021.

“This new aircraft, which is the 105th in our fleet, represents a significant milestone in Frontier’s commitment to being America’s Greenest Airline,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines. “We are in continuous pursuit of leading-edge strategies to reduce our environmental footprint and, at the same time, reduce fuel costs, which enables us to pass savings on to consumers in the form of lower fares.”

The new seats feature extra comfort, along with redesigned armrests and a larger tray table that provides added space for laptops, reading materials and other personal devices.

The seats are part of a major deal between Recaro and Indigo Partners, which consists of 100,000 seats being delivered to Frontier, Wizz Air, Volaris, JetSmart and enerjet.

The Recaro order encompasses approximately 32,600 seats in total installed on Frontier aircraft with full implementation expected by mid-2027.

Quick Split seat divider from Vision Systems

Vision Systems’ Quick-Split gains certification

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Quick Split seat divider from Vision Systems

Quick-Split, the roller separation solution for aircraft passenger seats, from Vision Systems, has received EASA certification.

Vision Systems’ partner Aerotec performed the EASA certification program and approval on this product. “Quick-Split is a reliable product, easy to operate. It has been designed and qualified to ensure compliance with latest EASA safety standards,” stated Thomas Paquien, Program Manager, Deputy Head of Airworthiness, Aerotec.

Based on Vision Systems’ cockpit shading system technology, Quick-Split aims at avoiding contact and possible transmission of viruses between passengers.

Quick-Split comprises a thin and soft transparent film, placed at each seat that also includes two handles, one on each side, so that passengers don’t have to touch the same one.

The system follows the inclination of the seat back when reclined and can easily be folded for family travel for instance.

According to Vision Systems, Quick-Split eliminates the issue of leaving an empty seat between two passengers. This plug and play, system fixed on the armrest and behind the seat back, is quick and easy to mount and dismantle without any modification of the existing seat and is adaptable to all types of armrest. It is also claimed to not degrade any part of the seat once removed.

Return On Investment, says Vision Systems, is very quick, estimated at seven flights for a narrow-body aircraft, meaning that in one or two days, Quick-Split is fully amortised.

Recaro CL4710 seating for Alaska Airlines

Recaro Aircraft Seating outfits Alaska Airlines’ new B737MAX aircraft

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Recaro CL4710 seating for Alaska Airlines

Recaro Aircraft Seating has received additional orders to outfit Alaska Airlines’ new B737MAX aircraft with 13 shipsets of the CL4710 and BL3530 seats.

“I’m glad that Alaska has appreciated the quality of our robust CL4710 and BL3530 seats to select them on several different occasions. We are inspired by their mission to enhance the passenger journey while remaining committed to sustainable solutions,” said Mark Hiller, CEO at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “If 2020 proved anything, Recaro and Alaska both face challenges head-on, and we are privileged to have called them a partner for the past decade.”

“Guests love our new seats. From the adjustable footrest and cup holder in first class, to the conveniently placed charging ports and tablet holder in the main cabin, there so many thoughtful details in the seat design for everyone,” said Amber Simonsen, Director of Product Development & Delivery at Alaska Airlines.

Deliveries of the aircraft with the CL4710 business class seats and the BL3530 economy class seats are slated to begin in July 2021.

KLM Jethopper BL3710 installed om its first Embraer aircraft

Recaro Aircraft Seating enters regional market

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KLM Jethopper BL3710 installed om its first Embraer aircraft

Recaro Aircraft Seating is entering the regional jet market with it first outfitting on Embraer aircraft. The BL3710 and SL3710 seats will be retrofitted on an Embraer E190 and line fitted in Brazil on an  Embraer E195-E2 for KLM Cityhopper, the regional arm of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

“Expanding into the regional jet market is a tremendous opportunity for Recaro to grow our capabilities and strengthen our customer base,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Embraer has been a fantastic party through this experience. I have great confidence in this move and our ability to rise to a new challenge.”

KLM Cityhopper is the first regional jet customer for Recaro. Slated for a Q1 2021 delivery, the BL3710 and SL3710 seats are positioned in a hybrid layout on the E190 and E195-E2 KLM Cityhopper regional jets. The E195-E2 is configured with 132 seats, while the E190 has 100 seats.

“Embraer worked closely with KLM Cityhopper and Recaro to certify the Buyer Furnished Equipment seats for our EJet platforms”, said Fernando Antônio Oliveira, Vice President Programs, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “With Recaro seats now certified for EJet platforms, a greater selection of seat products will be available for customers on request, further increasing customers’ options for enhancing the passenger journey.”

JetBlue Min Pantry is now available for domestic US passengers

JetBlue readies for US introduction of reimagined Mint

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JetBlue Min Pantry is now available for domestic US passengers

JetBlue has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft configured with the airline’s reimagined premium Mint experience and an all-new onboard layout, which will serve domestic US  routes.

The aircraft brings JetBlue’s total fleet count to 270 aircraft, is the airline’s 16th A321neo and the first of this aircraft type to feature Mint. It will first operate on select flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles International Airport this summer.

“With so much excitement around JetBlue’s London plans, we’re delighted to also introduce our fabulous, all-new transatlantic Mint suites to customers on select flights within the US,” said Jayne O’Brien, Head of Marketing and Loyalty, JetBlue. “Our reimagined Mint and award-winning core experience, combined with the superior economics of the A321neo aircraft, will position JetBlue to compete effectively and add relevance to our customers in Mint markets.”

Chris Jones, Senior Vice President – Customers, Airbus Americas added: “The passenger friendliness associated with the A321 cabin blend very well with these enhanced operating efficiencies and are ideally suited to meet the demands of trans-continental travel – perfect for JetBlue’s US routes between JFK and LAX this summer.”

The first major design overhaul of Mint – designed in partnership with Acumen Design Associates – will debut on select flights between New York and Los Angeles this summer.

JetBlue is the first carrier to outfit its aircraft with Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageSOLO seat, the company’s single aisle seating solution with a herringbone configuration developed and designed specifically for narrow-body aircraft and further customised for JetBlue.

Each seat features a tilting 17-inch Thales AVANT seatback screen, wireless charging capabilities, an integrated phone ledge, and easy-to-reach in-seat power, as well as laptop, shoe and handbag stowage.

Each aircraft will also have two Mint Studios in the first row, providing room for working or relaxing, and featuring a 22-inch tilting Thales AVANT seatback screen, an extra side table for added productivity, and a guest seat that can accommodate an additional Mint customer during flight at cruising altitude. When reclined, customers can kick back and relax on the largest lie-flat bed of any US carrier.

Every Mint seat is layered with Tuft & Needle’s proprietary T&N Adaptive foam and a breathable cover to create a cool and comfortable sleep experience. The seat complements additional sleep amenities developed in partnership with the brand, including a convertible blanket with a built-in foot pocket, a memory foam lined pillow with a pillowcase, and a snooze kit with a matching eye mask and earplugs.

JetBlue’s core experience on the A321neo features the Collins Meridian seat, customised around customer feedback and featuring a number of design elements with comfort and convenience in mind.

The 144 seats have a width of 18.4 inches, the widest available for the A321neo aircraft. Each seat has a10.1 inch, 1080P high-definition screen, easy-to-reach in-seat power, featuring AC and USB ports.

In a first for the airline, there are heated floors in the front galley area for added crewmember comfort.

Kenya Airways has introduced the seat blocker option Economy Max

Kenya Airways launches Economy Max seat-blocker

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Kenya Airways has introduced the seat blocker option Economy Max

National carrier Kenya Airways has unveiled, Economy Max, a product that allows customers to create additional personal space by booking a seat or a row next to them. Economy Max, a first of its kind for an African carrier, will be available for purchase between 48 to 3 hours before departure to any passenger purchasing Economy Class tickets globally.

Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer at Kenya Airways commented: “The world we live in has changed. As an airline, we continue to adapt to the evolving needs of our customers as we recover from the effects of the pandemic. Economy Max puts passengers in control of their experience and ensures that our customers have a choice as they enjoy their privacy with additional space to themselves. Economy Max is a continuation of KQ’S diversification and innovation to provide relevant products and services to our customers to improve the overall experience of their travels with us.”

Recaro BL3510 seating

Recaro extends SFE contract with Airbus

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Recaro BL3510 seating

Recaro Aircraft Seating has signed an extension contract with Airbus for the delivery of SWIFT economy class seats.

The original contract dates back to 2016 with the BL3530 seat and equips the Airbus A320 Family aircraft with pre-certified economy class seats. This contract extension aims to enlarge the supplier furnished equipment (SFE) catalogue with the latest RECARO products.

The SWIFT program was created to target lessors and airlines that require a short lead-time of four months or less via a SFE process. The last-minute flexibility without compromising seat quality has resulted in a popular solution for airlines in a post-pandemic environment.

Recaro currently offers predefined and pre-certified versions of its BL3530, BL3710, and CL4710, and provides various dual-class cabin configurations of the SWIFT family of seats. Optional seat features range from comfort packages and in-seat power solutions to tablet holders and ELeather colours. The light weight SL3710 is slated to join the Airbus SFE catalogue soon.

Geven's Premium Economy Comoda seating for Uganda Airlines A330-800neo

Uganda Airlines takes off with Geven seating

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Geven's Premium Economy Comoda seating for Uganda Airlines A330-800neo

Geven has outfitted the first A330-800neo of Uganda Airlines with Piuma AQ Economy and Comoda AQ Premium Economy Class sustainable seats.

“The enthusiasm and outstanding integration of Uganda, Airbus and Geven teams have played a significant role in this successful delivery. We have worked closely with a cooperative approach from the early stages of this 9 months process. Grateful for Uganda Airlines’ trust, we look forward to continue and strengthen our collaboration in the future” said Alberto Veneruso Managing Director of Geven.

“We are proud of our beautifully equipped plane which features a three-class layout, including a fully lie-flat business class” said Cornwell Muleya, CEO of Uganda Airlines.

“Outfitting the Economy Class of the A330-800neo with 210 Piuma AQ in a 2-4-2 layout, brings total seat number installed of this model up to 80,000 units,” said Giovanni Vitiello, Program Manager (PMP) at Geven. “This ergonomic shaped-seat has a reclining backrest up to 6”. Piuma AQ has been providing comfort on board aircrafts representing the choice that delivers remarkable passenger experience and cost efficiency,” continued Vitiello.

With a full integrated IFE by SPI with 10.1-inch video, the light weight Piuma AQ (Italian for feather) also features a headrest, generous in-arm table, and charging points. There is also a coat hook, literature and amenity pocket. The orange and bronze leather seat covers, and headrests are branded for the airline.

Installed in a 2-3-2 configuration, the premium economy Comoda AQ (Italian for comfortable) is a passenger-centric comfort seat with large and reclining 8-inch backrest.

A leather central console design features a soft touch 4.5-inch armcap and an integrated PED holder.

The adjustable four-way headrest has differential friction on headrest lobes for easy adjustment and proper head support.

Comoda AQ also features a soft touch 2-inch armrest for passengers with disabilities.

Each seat features a fully integrated 11.6-inch IFE screen from SPI, while each seat also offers a rigid bottle holder device, separate coat hook, power supply for electronic charge, lower literature and amenity back mounted pocket.

The in-arm table is in a single leaf configuration. The colours of Africa inspire the customised design cushions. Horizontal striped fabric with black fine stitching and Harvest-Gold Leather Cover for headrests.

Geven Priestmangoode partnership tease promo

Geven and PriestmanGoode enter into seating partnership

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Geven Priestmangoode partnership tease promo

Geven is working with UK design agency PriestmanGoode on a new family of next-generation aircraft seats.

The project includes a complete overhaul of Geven’s catalogue products and aims to provide the manufacturer with a distinct design language driven by key attributes: functional, timeless, clean and sculptural.

The project includes developing a new family of seats. Economy, Premium Economy, Premium Economy + and Business Class seats.

The new seats will provide Geven with a versatile offer that will enhance the passenger experience, is easily configurable for different aircraft platforms and allows for airline customisation.

“We have invested in Research & Development. We have identified the next-generation aircraft seats,” said Alberto Veneruso , Managing Director at Geven. “PriestmanGoode has precisely and skillfully designed Geven’s response to forward thinking customer needs. Our new family line products, which embody the partnership between Geven and PriestmanGoode will certainly stand out as a made in Italy concept with innovative features.”

“PriestmanGoode was the right choice,” said Pasquale Rapullini R&D Manager at Geven. “Their remarkable proactivity, collaborative approach and full availability represent the successful key factors of our partnership. Although travel restrictions related to the actual pandemic scenario brought this first ambitious collaboration project on a totally virtual management level, the results are absolutely remarkable.”