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.

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.”

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.

Emirates has unveiled its new Premium Economy product on its latest A380

Emirates unveils Premium Economy

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Emirates has unveiled its new Premium Economy product on its latest A380

Emirates has unveiled a brand-new Premium Economy for its A380, as part of a wider product enhancement and refreshed look across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. While others cut back, Emirates is working hard to restore the products and services that we’ve had to suspend or adjust due to pandemic precautions and introduce new offerings and enhancements. True to our fly better promise, Emirates continues to invest to offer our customers the best possible experience.”

Emirates’ remaining order of five A380s will be delivered with premium economy cabins over 2021 and 2022. Emirates’ premium economy seats will also be installed on some of its Boeing 777X aircraft which are only due to join the fleet in 2023. Emirates is considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet.

The premium economy cabin, located at the front of the main deck, with three lavatories dedicated to customers offers 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout.

A customised seat design from Recaro, based on the PL3530, the seat offers a pitch of up to 40-inches, 19.5 inches wide, and reclines 8 inches. According to Recaro, its PL3530 design team prioritised state-of-the-art features like the ones found in upscale German cars and combined it with the spirit of Dubai. The seat features a bronze trim, a distinct finish, and a cream-coloured leather dress cover, complete with a one-of-a-kind anti-stain leather with stitching and a wood panel finishing similar to Business Class.

First deliveries of the seats began in Q4 2020, and at least 250 shipsets will ultimately be installed on Emirates’ fleet.

The seat’s ergonomics offers best of comfort with its recline and movable calf rest enabling a highly relaxed lazy position, additional storage compartments, and six-way adjustable headrest also contribute to passenger sleeping comfort.

Each seat has a 13.3” screen and easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table.

Until more Premium Economy seats enter its inventory, the airline intends to offer these as spot upgrades for its valued customers on a discretionary basis.

The aircraft’s 14 First Class private suites have also been widened and taller doors, for even more privacy and comfort.

Cabin detail and finishes have also been refreshed with new motifs and colours, including modern fittings in the Shower Spa.

Emirates has retained its A380 Business Class seats which offer direct aisle access for every passenger, reclines to a fully-flat position, and offers personal mini bars, ample personal storage and a high degree of privacy.

All 76 seats have been refreshed to feature champagne-coloured leather covers and wood finishing, inspired by executive jets, similar to the Business Class on Emirates’ Boeing 777 Gamechanger aircraft.

The same classic colour scheme has also been applied to the Onboard Lounge at the back of the upper deck, for the exclusive use of First and Business Class passengers.

The airline has also replaced all 338 Economy seats onboard its newest A380 with ergonomically designed seats that come with full leather headrests and flexible side panels which can be adjusted vertically for optimum support. Each features a wood grain finish on tray tables, as well as a 13.3” personal screen.

Throughout the A380 interior, customers will see new finishes and design touches featuring the Ghaf (prosopis cineraria) tree motif, as well as the clean and airy champagne colour scheme with wood panelling and bronze accents from Emirates’ latest Boeing 777 Gamechanger interiors.

All cabin classes are equipped with the latest generation of Emirates’ ice in-flight entertainment system offering improved and superior image quality. Each in-seat screen will feature ultra-wide viewing angles, a capacitive touch screen, LED backlight and full HD display.

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.

 

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Recaro enters regional market with KLM Cityhopper contract

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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.”

MEA A320 taking off

Middle East Airlines’ A320 fleet takes flight with Recaro Aircraft Seating

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MEA A320 taking off

Middle East Airlines (MEA) is equipping its fleet of 11 Airbus aircraft with Recaro’s CL3710 economy and CL5710 business class seats. Delivery began on 11 July 2020.

The CL5710 business class seat features a unique lumbar support system and power controls, and offers more storage space, a leg rest with an integrated foot bar, and an extendable cocktail tray table. With a seat pitch of 50 inches passengers will experience enhanced comfort during their short or medium-haul flight.

The CL3710 long-haul economy class seat includes a six-way adjustable headrest, connectivity and is claimed to be the lightest seat in its class.

Mohamad A. El Hout, Chairman of Middle East Airlines said: “I am more than proud of our new aircraft that beautifully demonstrates our new standards with 28 seats in a 2 x 2 configuration for our new business class on the A321neo. Next to the highly professional and reliable partnership with Recaro who greatly supported making our ‘pioneering’ attitude with a new cabin interior come true.”

WIZZ Air external aircraft

Wizz Air selects ELeather for 32,000 new seat deal

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WIZZ Air external aircraft

ELeather will dress 32,000 Recaro SL3710 economy class seats across 146 new Airbus aircraft, entirely in sustainable, high-performance materials, on behalf of European low-fare carrier, Wizz Air.

The new Recaro lightweight seat with recycled leather upholstery from ELeather will be installed in 2021.

“Wizz Air is one of our longest standing customers. This new deal marks almost 10 years working together. We’ve always been proud to partner with brands that have strong environmental agendas and Wizz Air is a great example of an airline that takes a more holistic approach when selecting sustainable suppliers and their products,” said John Kennedy, CEO, ELeather.

Wizz Air worked alongside ELeather and Recaro to develop the sustainable seat solution for the carrier, in support of the numerous initiatives the airline is already committed to. The seat material is made using recycled leather content and designed to increase performance while achieving a significantly lower environmental footprint.