New seats: over half of all short-haul aircraft now equipped
Tuesday 13, April 2010
Ten weeks after the first flight, over half of Air France's aircraft operating the domestic network have been equipped with new short-haul seats, with the 21st aircraft starting operations tomorrow, Tuesday 13 April. In this way, 3,720 new seats have been installed on 9 Airbus A321s, 3 A320s and 9 A319s.
Thanks to these new seats, customers have 2 to 3 inches more legroom (5 to 7.5 cm) and a more comfortable seat, redesigned with a natural 15° seat recline.
The seat is also 40% lighter than a traditional seat, which represents an average of 750 kg per aircraft. This weight reduction gives rise to an annual fuel saving of 1,700 tonnes and a saving of 5,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions, i.e. the equivalent of 650 Paris-Marseille flights.
This new seat provides passengers with additional space and comfort and its optimized structure provides space for an additional row of 6 seats on Airbus A320s and A321s, increasing capacity to 178 and 212 seats respectively.
Jointly designed by Air France and Récaro, Air France's new short-haul seat won the 2009 innovation prize at the Aircraft Interiors Fair in Hamburg.
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