Time to turn out attention to the back of the plane – and in particular – Delta‘s Airbus A350. There’s been a lot of fanfare over the Delta One Suite (manufactured by Thompson Aerospace), but not a lot has been mentioned about seating in Economy Class.
Step forward Recaro who are supplying their CL3710 seat for Delta.
The CL3710 Seat – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
The CL3710 Headrest – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
The CL3710 Legroom – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
Recaro will deliver over 5,600 CL3710 economy seats, which will fly on Delta’s fleet of 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft
What’s to like about this seat? Well, it’s a pretty comfortable seat (for an economy class seat). It can be equipment with the usual facilities (such as power sockets, USB power, IFE system),
In terms of seating (and your writer has sat in the seat at Aircraft Interiors Expo for a couple of years on the go), it’s a reasonable seat. During the short trial periods I’ve sat in it – it didn’t feel encroaching.
Recaro have applied some ergonomic design – with some shaping in the seat to increase leg-room. The headrest is a good point of the seat too – it’s a six-way headrest (so adjustable to any height, and any angle the head rests at).
And yes, I’ve tested the heck of of it too.
The CL3710 Headrest in various angles – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
Dr. Mark Hiller, Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating is happy with the sale, stating
“For our company, the American market plays a key role in our worldwide growth strategy as the global market leader in the field of economy class seating. With this bestseller, Delta will receive an outstanding, lightweight seat that not only rates at the top of the list when it comes to quality, design and comfort but also with regard to cost-effectiveness and efficiency”.
We’ve seen the CL3710 deployed on many aircraft before (including Singapore Airlines, KLM, Avanica, Gulf Air) and it’s been a sure-fire winner for these airlines who have deployed or are deploying them – least of all the weight of these seats are 12kg a seat. That’ll have some calculation on the long-term costs of running this seat.
And anything to keep airlines happy in reducing costs, whilst keeping passengers comfortable can’t be a bad thing.
Even in Economy Class.
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