Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has signed a multi-million dollar deal with UK-based Mirus Aircraft Seating to retrofit its entire Airbus A320 fleet with lightweight composite-based seats. Pictured: AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes and Mirus CEO Phil Hall
Boeing unveils new 737 seat option
LIFT by EnCore
Boeing has closely collaborated with LIFT by EnCore to develop a new 737 seat option, which has been unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The new product, dubbed “Tourist Class Seating,” is available to be installed on in-line production 737NG and 737 MAX aircraft and also for retrofit on 737NGs.
Acumen: Economy class revamp needs a first-mover
Seat designer Acumen 10 years ago came up with two “ground-breaking” economy class design projects, the “Cozy” concept with Thompson Aero Seating and “Freedom” with Zodiac Aerospace. With Cozy, the individual seats on each row are staggered by 12 inches giving a zig-zag look, while Freedom is a yin- and yang-style design of forward- and backward-facing seats.
Freedom economy design
“Freedom” economy class design with Zodiac Aerospace is a yin- and yang-style design of forward- and backward-facing seats.
Freedom economy seat
“Freedom” economy class design with Zodiac Aerospace is a yin- and yang-style design of forward- and backward-facing seats. They address the lack of shoulder width, give clear arm-rest priority, offer head support and their fixed-back shell removes the problem of others unpredictably reclining into the passengers’ space.
Freedom family seat design
“Freedom” economy family seat design with Zodiac Aerospace is a yin- and yang-style design of forward- and backward-facing seats.
ATR Expliseat Titanium Seat
ATR and the France-based aircraft seat manufacturer Expliseat signed a buyer-furnished equipment (BFE) agreement for the supply of a new ATR aircraft seat type: the Titanium Seat.
Visitors to Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 experienced the new Airspace by Airbus cabin interior for the A330neo, which was demonstrated with a full-scale cabin mock-up.
The new Airspace by Airbus cabin brand was showcased during Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines has become the first Airbus A320 family operator to take delivery of new larger pivoting overhead bins. The new A321 allows 60% more roll-on carry-on bags to be stored compared to the traditional fixed bin option. The airline is also the first to fly “Space-Flex v2” —an optimized rear cabin configuration that integrates two lavatories and four trolleys outside the revenue area. Combined with Smart-Lav also installed in these new aircraft—the optimized footprint lavatory—this resulting arrangement allows Delta to place 192 seats in the two-class cabin layout without compromising passenger comfort.
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