SEATING The new Series 6 Economy seat from Acro Aircraft Seating does away with the standard aluminum tube-framed seatback and replaces it with a fully composite one
PITCH PERFECT Recent product developments in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class seating are in line with airline demands for greater passenger density and comfort at a tighter pitch by MARY JANE PITTILLA
t the busy trade floors and the giant halls of the Aircraft Interiors Expo, visitors spend their days walking the hard floors and hoping that around the next corner comfort awaits. Oftentimes, that comfort could be found in the form of an airline seat display, one of dozens that offer luxurious features. As important as selling the high-end, high-tech seating found in First and Business Classes, there are also row after row of slim, lightweight products that will fill cabins on aircraft old and new. The products of a half-dozen suppliers mentioned here are aimed at a section of the cabin that is evolving as well. The maturity of the Premium Economy trend has continued with other airlines offering the products. As aircraft like the A350 now proliferate the industry, the desire to add capacity to the cabin has companies developing slim-line seats from lightweight materials.
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Acro and Airbus
The Series 6 seat boasts increased passenger comfort, a more sophisticated appearance, greater legroom, lighter weight, greater durability and is easily maintained
The new Series 6 Economy seat from Acro Aircraft Seating is a redesigned new-generation Economy Class seat. The key innovation was to do away with the standard aluminum tube-framed seatback and to replace it with a fully composite one. The seatback curves gently around the passenger’s behind, creating a bucket shape that both creates an ergonomically correct shape and returns the otherwise wasted space to the left and right of the passenger’s hips to the person seated behind. This generates around 2 inches more room at knee height and allows a person 6 feet 3 inches tall to easily stretch legs out at 28-inch pitch without touching the seat in front. This seat innovation has led to increased passenger comfort, a more sophisticated appearance, greater legroom, lighter weight,