Avianca has introduced three new seats as part of a cabin refiguration on its

Avianca begins A320 fleet reconfiguration process

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Avianca has introduced three new seats as part of a cabin refiguration on its

Avianca has unveiled its three new seats: Premium, Plus and Economy, all designed by Recaro Aircraft Seating and which will be installed on the airline’s reconfigured fleet in the coming days.

The seats will be available on Avianca’s short and medium-haul flights.

According to the airline, more than 100 Avianca experts have been working for over one year in the redesign project, with the participation of great strategic partners. Among these partners are Recaro, who is manufacturing all of the new seats, one of them exclusively for Avianca, and Airbus, with whom the airline is taking better advantage of the rear of the aircraft thanks to SpaceFlex and who have accompanied the reconfiguration process directly.

The seat design defined by Recaro reduces the weight per passenger by over 30% on each aircraft in addition to decreasing CO2 emissions per transported passenger by an average of 13%, becoming friendlier to the environment.

Premium has been developed exclusively by Recaro for Avianca and will be available on the first three rows of the aircraft. The reclining seat will be the widest available for passengers and will feature a central console with individual compartments, a power plug, USB port. It will be available from the first half of the next year.

Available between rows 4 and 14, the Plus seat’s design is light and comfortable, featuring an independent headrest with six positions, an independent stand for personal electronic devices, USB ports.

Economy is located between rows 15 and 32. This pre-reclined seat has a stand for personal electronic devices integrated into the table and USB ports.

The new interior design of the aircraft also includes Airbus’ SpaceFlex, a module that optimises the rear of the aircraft, combining the galleys and lavatories, allowing Avianca to increase its seat capacity.

“The installation of more than 14,000 seats and the new lavatory space in all of our A320 aircraft will be completed by the end of 2022. Until that date and pending the full transition of the fleet, our clients will find aircraft that will look different inside and will not have the final configuration; they will soon fly in aircraft with a renewed interior on which they will continue to travel comfortably, safely and pleasantly,” said Albert Perez, Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance for Avianca.

The airline estimates that the first fully redesigned aircraft will be ready by the second quarter of 2022 and the full and final configuration of the A320 fleet will be completed by the end of 2022. It also confirmed that the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, currently used for long-haul flights in America and Europe, will preserve the traditional business class cabin and the rest of the aircraft will be redesigned adding state-of-the-art seats and, considering this is a time of transition, clients will find aircraft with different-looking interiors.

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.

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.

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.

Aeroflot’s new Airbus A320/321 fleet is to be fully equipped with Recaro seating.

New Aeroflot fleet fully equipped with Recaro seating

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Aeroflot’s new Airbus A320/321 fleet is to be fully equipped with Recaro seating.

Aeroflot’s new Airbus A320/321 fleet is to be fully equipped with Recaro seating.

The A320neo is configured with 12 Business class seats with a seat pitch of 96.5 cm and 144 Economy class seats with a seat pitch up to 76.2 сm.

The Economy class seats feature the ergonomic backrest concept. The adjustable headrest is fitted with neck support function. Economy class passengers can charge their electronic devices on board; each seat is equipped with a tablet holder. Business class seats are designed with premium Jacquard upholstery and are fitted with 13-inch HD monitors, individual sockets, and USB-ports.

More than 50 shipsets of the economy class BL3710 and business class CL4710 seats will be installed – delivery of the aircraft includes a total of more than 10,000 Recaro seat pax and will continue through 2028.

The first of Aeroflot’s new A320/A321 fleet took flight for the first time on 25 May. By end of 2021, Aeroflot will take delivery of another eight A320neo family aircraft.

Recaro's SL3710 seating for TAP Air

TAP’s new Airbus fleet flies with latest SL3710 Recaro seating

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Recaro's SL3710 seating for TAP Air

Recaro Aircraft Seating has integrated its SL3710 and BL3710 into a hybrid layout on TAP Air Portugal’s new Airbus fleet. TAP was the first announced customer for SL3710 seat, and their A320 is the first Airbus aircraft to be equipped with the economy class seat.

TAP took delivery of its new A320 in April and entered into service on 18 May. In an effort to maximise efficiency, Recaro collaborated with TAP on the hybrid seat configuration of the SL3710 and BL3710.

“The SL3710 taking flight is a significant milestone for our partnership with TAP,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “We really enjoy collaborating with TAP and value their commitment to innovation and the future of aviation.”

As the first customer whom selected the SL3710, TAP was heavily involved in the research and development phase of the new economy class seat. Weighing 8 kg, the seat is the lightest in its class. The ergonomic backrest concept developed by Recaro allows for maximum comfort for passengers of all sizes. To ensure seamless integration, TAP chose to outfit the SL3710 in the same colours as the Recaro BL3530 and SL3510 aircraft seats that are currently flying on TAP aircraft.

In addition to a five-inch recline, the BL3710 features a six-way adjustable headrest with neck support that enhances passenger relaxation during flight. The Red Dot Design Award winner also shares spare parts with the SL3710, which minimises maintenance downtime and costs.

Passengers travelling on flydubai's 737 MAX aircraft offers a flatbed in Business Class and enhanced IFE offerings.

flydubai invests in enhancing its onboard experience

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Passengers travelling on flydubai's 737 MAX aircraft offers a flatbed in Business Class and enhanced IFE offerings.

flydubai has unveiled a redesigned passenger experience and added onboard offering during this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

The Dubai-based airline has recently introduced a complimentary in-flight entertainment (IFE) streaming service to its fleet of Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The new digital streaming solution is offered by AIRTIME, the carrier’s Wi-Fi connectivity provider.

flydubai’s 36 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft are phasing out seatback entertainment systems in the economy cabin in favour of complimentary IFE streamed wirelessly to personal mobile devices, laptops and tablets.

Daniel Kerrison, Vice President Inflight Product at flydubai, said: “The onset of the pandemic in 2020 has reshaped the way people travel and the way airlines operate. We have taken all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard our passengers and that meant doing things differently. We temporarily discontinued our onboard duty-free sales, altered the meal service to individually packed meals, disabled our touch screens and limited movement in the cabin. A year on, we have gradually and safely reintroduced some of the onboard services and continue to add new features to enhance our onboard experience.”

Passengers travelling in Business Class will continue to enjoy complimentary access to flydubai’s IFE on their dedicated HD touchscreens with audio content, games and a selection of more than 150 TV series and films from Arabic cinema, Bollywood, Hollywood, Russian cinema and many more.

Commenting on the launch of the new content streaming service, Kerrison added: “flydubai is committed to meeting the needs of its passengers. In-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity have become an essential part of the travel experience. The new complimentary streaming service will enable more passengers to stay entertained for the duration of their flights. We will add more content in additional languages in the coming few months.

“We are very pleased that Wi-Fi connectivity is now available on 40 of our fleet of 50 Boeing 737 aircraft. Whether they prefer to stay connected for the duration of their flight, or opt to disconnect and enjoy our in-flight entertainment, passengers can now enjoy more options from flydubai. We continue to invest in technology and enhancing our product offering. Over the next few months, we will roll out more services including our new online eShop for passengers to pre-purchase a selection of hundreds of products VAT-free, to be delivered to their seat during the flight. We will also see the introduction of Bluetooth headphone pairing on our Boeing MAX aircraft allowing passengers to bring their own headphones and connect wirelessly to our award-winning seat-back entertainment system,” added Kerrison.

Passengers travelling on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft can enjoy more comfort and an enhanced travel experience. The new cabin offering features a flatbed in Business Class and in addition to the extra space and privacy, passengers can sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new Recaro seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort.

flydubai’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft also features IFE with a full HD, 11.6-inch screen, with a wide selection of movies, TV shows, music and games in English, Arabic and Russian. Passengers can enjoy complimentary seatback IFE in Business Class or purchase IFE packages when travelling in Economy Class.

In addition, the Boeing Sky interior with its gently-sculpted sidewalls and its smooth-flowing lines provides passengers with a more relaxing travel environment.

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.