The Recaro CL6710 finally turned into a flying product last year, with El-Al and TAP Portugal launching the seat into the skies.
But Recaro isn’t sitting still with the design, with them showing off some ideas and concepts in what it calls the CL6710 Next Generation seat.
Let’s go through some of the ideas
Firstly, there’s a sliding door. One of the trends last year and this year is to add a door to a business class seat for added privacy, and Recaro has joined this party in style.
The mechanism appears to be rather smooth as Jason and myself demonstrated.
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The seat in the demonstration module is finished off with high quality coverings and trims.
The fully flat bed is 78″ long, fitted into a 46″ seat pitch. The seat can be pitched down to 42″, allowing airlines to target density as well as comfort depending on their needs.
You’ll also note the phone in one of those pictures sitting there looking pretty for itself. That’s because it’s got a QI inductive charging point too, saving a precious USB port in-seat if your phone supports this main inductive charging
The table has been improved too to allow ease of deployment too
The control panel bears some intresting notes – including the option of a heated seat button. For those who have a seat warming feature in your car seat, think of this as the airline equivalent of this. And it’s a rather nice sensation
An alternative interactive control screen was shown off, which could be integrated into the IFE system too
In addition, with the possible addition of Jetlite technology, which can help with sleeping and resting in the cabin.
Options for airlines, Options for Comfort
Recaro state that that the CL6710 will hold plenty of benefits for the operators as well.
According to the company
The seat construction of the CL6710 NG maximizes the space within the available layout which makes it perfectly fit for high-density setups. On top of it being adaptable to airliners’ specific needs, it is one of the lightest in the industry which will help save fuel costs. An elaborated maintenance concept provides quick access and replacement of all relevant components. This makes for highly-effective working processes and reduces maintenance costs for the operators. In a nutshell, once available, the CL6710 NG will provide a win-win situation for all parties involved.
As airlines seek to customise products, reduce weights and bring a unique “identity” to their seats whilst delivering comfort to the cabin, there is a lot of competition in the premium end of the market. Recaro’s CL6710 Next Generation offers a compelling option for airlines looking to equip their wide-body aircraft with a solid comfortable option for the passenger.
Add in the density options, it offers a lot more possibilities in how to fill a cabin.
Recaro was getting a lot of interest in the seat during the show – certainly when I passed the stand, the business class section was never quiet. As it shows off these ideas and innovations,
It’s interesting to see how the seat is evolving, how these design changes could be implemented into the cabin and the possibilities for the seat in the future.
Many thanks to Recaro for access to their stand both before Aircraft Interiors Expo and during the show to gather press images for this article.
- Recaro CL6710 with jetlite – Image, Recaro
- All other images – Economy Class and Beyond
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