Air Dolomiti (the Italian Airline of Lufthansa Group) has selected new seats for its Embraer retrofit- with the airline choosing Geven ESSENZA.
The retrofit programme will cover a total of 15 Embraer aircraft.
Lufthansa Group has been deploying Geven seating on its new aircraft, with them using the Essenza, being deployed on the Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines.
The seat will feature exclusive and dedicated trim and finish by the design scheme of Air Dolomiti.
It will be dressed in blue and turquoise eco-leather dress covers, fearing a high literature pocket, a recline up to 3” and an ergonomic seat cushion. In terms of design, the primary structure design maximizes shin and knee clearance and optimizes weight (10.4 kg for a fully dressed seat) and arm-to-arm width greater than 18,3”.
Meanwhile, the backrest is made of a single piece of carbon fibre with both structural and aesthetical functions. According to Geven, no additional fairing or plastic shrouds are necessary and only the foam and the cover are added, resulting in a lower number of parts to be managed and reduced weight to be carried.
The same philosophy has inspired the bottom cushion that is installed directly on the seat beams via velcro and performs both structural and comfort functions allowing easy inspection and maintenance activities.
Flying in January 2022
The Essenza RJ shall be delivered in fifteen (15) shipsets on Embraer 195 aircraft. The seats will be installed starting December 2021, with work being completed until March 2022.
The first aircraft retrofitted is expected to fly in January of 2022.
Alberto Casamatti, CEO and Director General Operations & Accountable Manager of Air Dolomiti said:
“I am very proud to announce our partnership with Geven today: I had the opportunity to visit Geven’s Headquarters in Naples and was impressed by the modern and innovative structure of their sites. Their attention to high quality standards, the continuous research for the improvement and technological development of products, makes this Italian company a jewel of the sector. We share the roots of companies born from the passions of strongly business-oriented families, who have pursued a dream by making it come true, aiming for growth and continuous improvement”
Marzio Caneva, Vice President Technical Operations of Air Dolomiti said:
“The new Essenza RJ, in addition to being more comfortable, are the result of innovative projects, have a design which will allow us to increase the number of seats of our aircraft while keeping unchanged passenger comfort and will give our cabin a more pleasant and relaxing atmosphere thanks to the colors, materials and above all the high quality which is an essential feature for Air Dolomiti. In addition the lower weight of Essenza RJ will allow to reduce fuel consumption with a benefit on costs and environmental impact. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teams who have carried out this project with determination and excellent integration with Geven’s team despite the difficult times”
Alberto Veneruso of Geven states:
“Being selected again makes Geven extremely proud. Thus this is a sign for us to believe we have gone beyond our customer’s expectation”,
“Once again our client found in the ESSENZA platform the perfect solution for improving passenger flight experience on its fleet all in a very appealing Italian style as well as reducing weight and improving service life and overall cost of ownership. ESSENZA RJ is suitable for a range of pitches ensuring a very good comfort also for taller people.
Expanding the Lufthansa Group relationship
Geven have had a relationship with Geven for some time now, as they have been rolling out the Essenza seat across the A320neo fleet
The Essenza Seat for the Lufthansa Group (as launched at AIX18) – Image, Economy Class and Beyond.
It’s another step forward as the Essenza RJ seat will be retrofitted to the fleet – a change of direction compared to the other orders which are factory fitted.
For passengers, the Essenza is not a bad seat to spend time in and with some of the passenger features, it will aid flying aboard an Embraer for the routes Air Dolomiti flies.
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