Close to 2,300 new short-haul seats installed on the domestic fleet
Wednesday 17, March 2010
Following on from the introduction of the first short-haul seat one and half month's ago, close to 2,300 new seats have now been installed on the airline's short-haul domestic fleet. A total of 11 aircraft, nine A321s (Nearly all of the short-haul fleet will be equipped by the end of 2010) and two A320s, have been fitted with these new seats at the Air France maintenance workshops in Toulouse and Paris-Orly.
These new seats offer passengers 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5cm) more legroom, a more comfortable seatback and a natural 15° recline.
The seat weight has also been reduced by 40% compared to a conventional seat, with the result that each short-haul aircraft will weigh 750 kg less on average. With these lighter seats, 1,700 tons of fuel per year and 5,200 tons of CO2 emissions per year will be saved, representing more than 650 Paris-Marseille flights.
In addition to the extra comfort and space offered passengers, the seat's optimized structure will enable Air France to increase cabin capacity, by adding an additional row of 6 seats on the Airbus A320 and A321, increasing capacity to 178 and 212 seats respectively.
Air France's new short-haul seat, designed jointly by Air France and Recaro, won the 2009 innovation prize at the Aircraft Interiors fair in Hamburg.
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