Primera Air is slowly finding its feet (and in the same breath, its fleet) as the airline commences operations.
For its Airbus A321neo fleet, Primera Air have partnered with Acro Aircraft Seating for two products – and economy class product and a premium seat product. Let’s take a look at them.
First look at the seats in the front of cabin. – based on the Acro Series 7 seats (which Primera Air will be launching)
These are designed for the narrow body premium cabins, and will be used as such by Primera Air for the seating at the front of the cabin of their Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The seats will be configured with a 38″ seat pitch, with a centre console (where the tray is stored).
So to the seat – as a premium seats it has the space you desire, with a centre console for tray storage. The demonstrated pitch was at 36″, with a seat width of 19.5″.
It has a multi-way adjustable headrest Primera Air will use 16 of these seats in a 2-2 formation. The seat can also be used as an US Domestic First style seat if need.
An interesting feature for accessibility with the Series 7 is how the armrest can be collapsed up and down – allowing passengers who have accessibility issues to “slide into” the seat. This can be done by the crew as needed.
The Acro Series 7 seat is currently not a line-fit option, and is offered as a retrofit option as needed. In the case of Primera Air, they went to Magentic MRO of Estonia to fit the seats in for them. Acro is of course aiming to get item as a line-fit item.
The Primera version will also have USB and mains electric power.
Meanwhile down the back of the plane, the ACRO Series 6 seats wil be deployed. These are an a mid-range seat designed for short to mid-haul missions.
The seats themselves have got the option of a basic headrest or the other options (such as a proper multi-way headrest. Primera Air have gone along the lines of a basic set-up with the fixed headrest.
So there’s a few nice features to recover space… one of which is the recline mechanism. Rather that building into the arm rest, Acro have gone down the line of building into the seat base – reducing the part count.
One of the interesting things they did is how they recovered precious knee room. Rather than go with a straight seat back, they went with a curved seat back. This allows side for those who spread their legs when flying to recover precious space.
The seats can be fitted with various options in the back depending on the airline requirements such as power and IFE if specified. Primera have gone for a USB Power option (akin to the middle seat).
As for the seats – they’re comfortable enough in terms of a seatpan and comfort perspective. The seat is 18.3″ wide on an Airbus configuration (with 19.3″ width on the centre seat), whilst the Boeing version drops to 17.2″ (due to the narrower width of the Boeing 737 family).
Primera will be using these seats in its economy cabin at 30″ pitch (as is becoming common on the narrow body).
The Series 6 is line-fittable from the Airbus factory, and were delivered as such to Primera Air.
Acro seating make some innovative products – and if you’ve flown an US aircraft by Allegiant, Frontier or Spirit – you’d had flown on their pre-reclined Series 3 seat.
I’ve flown the Series 3 seat too with Aer Lingus Regional (as Stobart Air) – and I was impressed how much space you can get in an ATR cabin.
As for the Series 3 seat – that itself is an interesting discussion for another day
Economy Class and Beyond was a guest of Acro Aircraft Seating at Aircraft Interiors Expo.
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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