Hamburg, Germany -- Faced with hefty fuel costs, airlines are seeking ever-lighter products for their cabin interiors - but ones that also make the passenger experience as comfortable as possible. In April, a range of such innovative products will be on display during Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
For example, airline seat specialist Recaro will unveil one of its lightest economy class seat products yet. The company says it has reduced the weight of each BL3520 seat unit to less than 11kg -- about 30-percent lighter than previous models. The seat creates more living space for passengers, as the literature rack is positioned above the tray table instead of in the knee area, giving more legroom.
Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors will launch its UltraLight Plus economy seating system for short-haul flights. The system is made from a mixture of aluminium and composite panels, and Aviointeriors says it allows for increased passenger comfort and a larger living space for passengers even at 28" pitch,
Responding to requests for 'softer' surfaces around passengers during flights - particularly next to flat beds in first and business class, MGR Foamtex will show a patented, soft-trim panel.
Cathay Pacific's new business class product, which starts being installed across the airline's long-haul A330-300 and Boeing 777-300ER fleets this month, uses this product -- MGR SoftWall to line the headboard and also to cover the bed extension. The product uses high-performance foam that is three times lighter than silicone-based alternatives.
Aircraft Interiors Expo takes place 5-7 April at the Hamburg Messe in Germany. See www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com for more information.