Ultralight Recaro aircraft seat for Air France
Air France will become the first airline to implement a new seat model produced by Recaro Aircraft Seating.
As from January 30, 2010, this seat will gradually be introduced on Air France’s domestic fleet of Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s. Weighing only 9.1 kilograms, the Smart Line 3510 is the lightest economy class seat currently available on the market. Yet it offers passengers more legroom and comfort than comparable products.
The company will initially supply 6,000 passenger seats to the airline. These units will be used in a conversion program for 37 Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
"The SL3510 is specifically designed to meet the needs of shortrange flight operations," Axel Kahsnitz explains. "Airlines have high standards when it comes to seat reliability and ease of maintenance." Weighing around nine kilograms per seat position, the SL3510 is more than five kilograms lighter than conventional seat models.
The weight reduction was achieved without sacrifices in terms of seat quality, design or comfort. Recaro Aircraft Seating engineers focused specifically on the seat's ergonomic qualities. The non-adjustable backrest angle is set at 15 degrees and is configured for seating comfort. The netting in the aluminum frame adapts to the contour of the passenger's spine. Additionally the seat offers more legroom. Compared to the seats previously used by Air France, the SL3510 provides up to 7.5 centimeters more space in the knee and shin areas.