Thompson Aero Seating’s new enhanced VantageXL. Aesthetics and styling created in conjunction with Factorydesign.

Thompson Aero Seating reports increased activity for wide-body seating

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Thompson Aero Seating’s new enhanced VantageXL. Aesthetics and styling created in conjunction with Factorydesign.

Thompson Aero Seating says it is seeing an upsurge in interest from airlines regarding new twin-aisle projects for aircraft such as the A330 and B787.

Airlines are looking at seats such as the manufacturer’s VantageXL, which the company enhanced and enriched in 2022. Thompson Aero Seating says the seat offers ultimate passenger comfort with impressive personal living space, a fully flat horizontal bed, and 100% direct-aisle access. The VantageXL also includes the option for fully enclosed suites and a ‘Business Plus’ enhanced front row.

According to Thompson Aero Seating, with OEM line-fit programmes taking typically between 24-30 months from the start of the project to the first aircraft delivery, airlines will need to start these projects now to have the capacity available for 2024 when the market is predicted to be fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

For retrofitting existing aircraft, Thompson adds that whilst lead-times are often shorter, anything between 12 to 24 months depending upon the complexity and scope of the project, these again need to be started soon in order to support the recovery.

Andy Morris, VP Commercial for Thompson Aero Seating commented: “It is really positive that we are seeing such strong recovery and renewed interest in wide-body aircraft. We have some exciting projects already underway and will be looking to increase our capacity based upon the current and forecasted demand for our products.”

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Recaro SL3710 seat takes flight on board JetSMART A321neo

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RECARO JetSMART SL3710.3_MagmaComms

Recaro Aircraft Seating’s SL3710 seat took flight on JetSMART’s A321neo on 15 August.

The A321neo features 240 pax of the Recaro economy class seats and in total, 11,000 SL3710 seats will be installed in JetSMART’s Airbus aircraft over the next five years.

Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating and Recaro Holding said: “We are pleased to see passengers travel on our SL3710 for the first time as a part of the JetSMART experience. By collaborating with the airline from the preliminary stages, we made sure the end result was a sustainable product that met the needs of both JetSMART and their passengers.”

According to Recaro, the modular SL3710 economy class seat weighs around eight kilogrammes, minimising aircraft operational costs and contributing to carriers’ sustainability goals. It was developed specifically for short-haul flights and enhances passengers’ living space while maintaining a high level of comfort.

Chile-based JetSMART has expanded into the South American Market since its founding in 2017 and flies 43 routes to 25 destinations in six countries across the continent.

“We worked closely with Recaro to develop a sustainable seat which saves fuel and reduces emissions by being ultralight and using recycled leather. This new technology allows to add another key component to our ultra-low-cost model and delivers a comfortable experience to our passengers,” said Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSMART.

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Recaro CL3710 seat takes flight on Etihad’s new A350

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Etihad CL3710 EIS2

Recaro Aircraft Seating has announced its CL3710 seat entered into service on 31 March on board Etihad Airways’ new A350-1000 aircraft.

The seat, which won a 2019 Crystal Cabin Award for its extensive comfort enhancements, features a 13.3-inch high-definition screen with integrated USB charging ports and a personal electronic device (PED) holder. Etihad’s signature fixed-wing headrest has been incorporated into the economy class seat, which adapts to passengers of different heights and statures while maintaining optimal neck support.

Terry Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand and Marketing at Etihad Airways, said: “Choosing Recaro as a supplier for the economy class of our A350 aircraft reiterates our desire to deliver the best possible comfort for our guests. At the same time, the Recaro seats are a reliable product with minimal maintenance costs which is important in helping us to deliver a consistently exceptional travel experience for our guests.”

Dr Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating, said: “We are delighted to revitalise our partnership with Etihad Airways and it’s an honour for our seats to be flying on Etihad’s A350-1000. In the past, Etihad Airways and Recaro have successfully worked together and I look forward to this new long-term collaboration.”

Etihad Airways will be using its new A350-1000 fleet initially on short- to medium-haul routes before expanding to serve long-haul routes by the summer.