One of the standout seats I saw last year at Aircraft Interiors Expo was LIFT by Encore interpretation of tourist class seat for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. And I was impressed. So how has the evolution of the 787 seat gone in a year?
The innovative seat has had a few changes since I saw it last. It retains the up and down headrest, which has fixed wings to it. And leaning into them – they were comfortable supportive.
The armrests are still thin in an attempt to maximise seat space
As for the recline mechanism – it’s still a great mechanism that cradles, rather than tilts back. Something I wish a lot more seat manufacturers would look at.
Lift by Encore have taken the note of sports wear, and how it can work ion the seat. You’ll notice different weaves in the seat – the darker colours with tight-knit weave, and the lighter colours which have less dense weave. The idea is the darker colours are the areas that are handled the most, and thus need the most protection, whilst the light-knit weave area areas that need to breath in comparison (so for example, in the case, the back and buttocks).
Legroom in the demonstration units was set at 31″, with some good legroom left.
So there’s this big hook up front… what’s that for? As the use of coat hooks tends to be… minimal, they’ve re-purposed into… a headphone holder.
The IFE screens as you can see also have a Ambilight style quality to it. The background fascias can also be customised too
As for the seat – there’s another little feature. Many of you will know in the past that used to dangle iPhones out of sickbags…as per this classic example – mainly to use a second screen (or in some cases – a primary screen because the IFE was less than optimal)
Well Lift by Encore have developed a very nice little holder for your personal electronic device.
Ok – that’s clever.
With the product evolving, it has gone from a concept to a marketable product. Lift by Encore are already aiming for an Entry Into Service for 2020 – and this is one seat that could be a comfort game changer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – as some seats that are flying in these planes are at the very loose term of the word “comfortable” – with some being downright painful.
Innovations like this are to applauded, and I’m still of the opinion I had last year – that a company may have cracked how to do Boeing 787 Economy Class seating. I’m still of that opinion, and I hope that customers will line up for this seat.
Further information about the seat can be found at http://www.liftbyencore.com/787/
Economy Class and Beyond was an invited guest of Encore by Lift to their stand.
We’re continuing look back at Aircraft Interiors Expo with things that caught my eye – or things that deserves more than the cursory quick post from the floor of the exhibition
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