Air France domestic network aircraft: close to 5,300 new seats installed
Tuesday 14, September 2010
Air France is continuing to equip its aircraft on the domestic network with new, lighter and more comfortable seats.
Close to 5,300 new seats have now been installed on 31 of the 37 aircraft in Air France's Airbus family - A319s, A320s and A321s - and by November 2010, Air France will have equipped its entire short-haul fleet.
With these new seats, passengers now have an additional 2 to 3 inches of legroom (5 to 7.5 cm) and a more comfortable seat, redesigned with a natural 15° seat recline.
The seat is also 40% lighter compared with a traditional seat, representing an average of 750 kg per aircraft. This enables Air France to reduce fuel consumption by 1,700 tons per year and CO2 emissions by 5,200 tons, the equivalent of 650 Paris-Marseille flights.
This new seat offers passengers additional space and comfort, but its optimized seat structure also means Air France can fit in another row of 6 seats on its Airbus A320s and A321s, increasing their capacity to 178 and 212 seats respectively.
Jointly designed by Air France and Récaro, Air France's new short-haul seat was awarded the 2009 innovation prize at the Aircraft Interiors Fair in Hamburg.
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