We’ve come to the point of the Aircraft Interiors Expo coverage where I talk about my favourite short-haul business seat – The Stelia AerospaceCeleste.
And again airlines, I have a singular message to you. Buy it.
The seat is offerable on the A320 family – allowing airlines to deliver a cradle-comfort style comfort into the business cabin – with both a manual version (operated by a button and movement) and an electric version with its first customer due at the end of this year.
Currently, Celeste is in flight with Avianca and Gulf Air, with positive feedback to the seats. One of the reasons is the cradle-like movement – so the seat remains a fixed back seat allowing no deduction of space going into the customer behind you, but the seat moves in a single fluid motion – as opposed to the seat back moving.
The deep recline at 40 degrees, with high levels of privacy thanks to the fixed back shell and high console – and of course, options for further privacy options.
The result is a seat that works for the short to the mid-haul mission where comfort is needed – with the seat suitable for a six-hour mission if needed.
Again, this seat offers airlines a chance to customise it to their needs (be it fit IFE systems, different tray options and so on.
But the net result remains the same – a high-quality seat for the short to the mid-haul sector. This becomes even more important as the A321LR takes flight, and it won’t be about offering the cheapest possible seat with the maximum number of passengers – the quality of comfort will be a major issue.
And a seat like the Celeste can help a carrier stand out in this growing market.
So airlines – what can I say? Get buying…
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