It’s been a busy week for Recaro Aircraft Seating who have launched the SL3710 seat.
The SL370 is an economy class seat and from my inital trials – very comfortable. It’s designed as a short-haul seat, taking cues from the BL3710 (launched last year) and the CL3710 (which won an award at the Crystal Cabin Awards). It’s a very lightweight seat – coming in at a mere 8kg per seat/24Kg per triplet. The changes in the seat cushion, the seat pan and the seat structure itself allowed for seat weight reductions . whilst the backrest design provides more living space per passenger – and in turn while allowing the carrier to adopt higher-density seat layouts.
The seat is a pre-reclined seat (no adjustable backrest). Depending on the route network that the seats are deployed against, this could work well for airlines, in terms of a lower total cost of ownership with fewer parts to replace and repair.
For those airlines that choose to run a hybrid configuration eg, sets of BL3710/SL3710 seats on a single plane and using them to provide different comfort or space levels and a consistent look and feel in the cabin
In the tested configuration, the seat was set at 29″ pitch (which if we like it or not, is fast becoming a standard) at economy class. In the tested configuration, there is a tray table and a cup holder. The seat was set at 29″ pitch, 18.3″ width.
A Solid seat
The SL seat line is designed to be comfortable and get people from A to B as part of an airlines configuration. As such, there is room for innovation still and places where weight can be saved from a seat. This all adds up serious weight savings – which in turn, makes saving on the on of the highest costs of an aircraft – fuel.
That in turn could reduce costs to passengers.
Images, Economy Class and Beyond.
Additional thanks to Recaro for early access to their booth for testing and previewing these seats.
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