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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.”

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

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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.”

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Wizz Air selects ELeather for 32,000 new seat deal

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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.

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Gulf Air’s new A321neo takes flight with Recaro CL3710 economy class seat

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Gulf Air’s new fleet of A321neoLR aircraft will fly with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s CL3710 economy class seat.

The first of 29 aircraft to be equipped with the CL3710 seat has entered into service with further deliveries slated over the next five years.

“Gulf Air is a fantastic customer for Recaro, as we are both concentrating on expanding our footprint in the Middle East,” said Mark Hiller, CEO at Recaro Aircraft Seating.

The seat’s modular design ensures minimal maintenance and its competitive weight contributes to fuel efficiency. Since its introduction to the market in 2013, the CL3710 has equipped aircraft for nearly a dozen airlines.

“We are celebrating our 70th anniversary this year at Gulf Air, and we’ve got both eyes on the future,” said Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air’s CEO. “Our partnership with Recaro is a sign of dedication to our passengers, as we collaborate to bring them unparalleled levels of comfort and the best service every time they fly with us.”

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Recaro Aircraft Seating wins design award

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Recaro’s CL3710 economy class seat has won a Focus Open Silver Award, from the Baden Württemberg International Design Academy.

This is the fifth Focus Open Award won by Recaro since the competition’s inception in 1991.

“The CL3710 is in a class of its own, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the recognition it has received from such a prestigious competition,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Our customers view this product as an opportunity to set themselves apart from their competitors, and passengers appreciate the support and comfort the seat offers, especially while sleeping.”

The CL3710 is currently flying on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Vistara, Air China, and several other international airlines.

Recaro implemented numerous signature innovations to the CL3710, including the Abrazo headrest, extended seat bottom, and flip cushion for enhanced lumbar support. The modular design reduces maintenance, while still allowing for significant customisation features, including connectivity options and cabin configurations.

The CL3710’s combination of ergonomic comfort, space savings and lightweight design has also earned Recaro an iF Design Award and a Crystal Cabin Award in “Passenger Comfort Hardware.” In addition, the seat has been awarded two Gold German Design Awards, including one for its hygienic seat concept, which coats seat touchpoints with an antibacterial solution. Most recently, the solution has been revamped to also fight viruses.

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Historic deal for Recaro Aircraft Seating

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Recaro Aircraft Seating has secured a deal with Wizz Air for 31,767 passenger seats. The SL3710 economy class seat will be installed on 146 Airbus aircraft starting in 2021. This partnership is a part of a larger deal with the Indigo Partners portfolio of airlines for nearly 100,000 passenger seats, which is the largest order of seats in the history of Recaro.

“This is potentially the swiftest ramp-up of an order we have ever experienced, and I am confident that our teams are well-prepared to handle this,” commented Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating.

“A lot of work went into selecting a seating provider for this order, but what impressed us most about Recaro was the level of customer orientation,” said Heiko Holm, Chief Operations Officer of Wizz Air. “Not only was their global network of production and customer service sites easily accessible for our individual airlines, but Recaro also customised the SL3710 seat according to our needs.”

The larger deal with the Indigo Partners portfolio of airlines is comprised of 459 shipsets with a total of 96,000 passenger seats of the SL3710.

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Recaro’s SPRINT seat program takes off

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Recaro Aircraft Seating has installed its first shipset of its BL3530 seats from the SPRINT program on Air Lease Corporation’s B737 aircraft. Introduced in late 2019, the SPRINT program develops and ships predefined BL3530 seats for lessors within two months of the order being submitted.

The SPRINT program can equip either an A320 or B737 with the BL3530 economy class seat, which lessors can customise with one of five different predefined e-leather dress covers: light blue, dark blue, light grey, dark grey or red. Recaro is the first aircraft seating manufacturer to introduce a seating program that offers lessors a customisable seat with a two-month turnaround.

“The feedback we gathered from lessors reflected a clear need for seats with a shorter lead time, so we began brainstorming,” said Sophie Moeller, Regional Sales Director, Customer Service at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “We first developed the SMART and SWIFT programs, which supply seats within six and four months, respectively, but it was clear that an even shorter timeframe was needed. We collaborated with program management and engineering to create a predeveloped seat that could be ordered and shipped within two months, and SPRINT was born.”