Aviointeriors took advantage of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 to launch a new, low-cost premium economy seat for airlines looking to increase passenger comfort while controlling costs.
The so-called C4 seat is the 4th iteration of the company’s Columbus line and builds on the prior generations’ design and certification history to deliver the improved passenger experience at a price point significantly below the competition.
Jeffrey Forsbrey, SVP sales & marketing, explains that the seats start at $5,000 compared to a $12,000-$25,000 range for most other premium economy products on the market. At that price point there are some distinct limitations of the offering but it should compete well for certain carriers and use cases.
In an exclusive RGN preview of the product, the benefits were noticeable. The articulating seat pan operation creates a cradle-like comfort and the extended recline is competitive with other premium economy offerings.
And that is a market ripe for competition. Premium Economy remains the fastest growing segment of commercial travel and a number of seat vendors are working to achieve market share as new airlines add the cabin on their aircraft. This new offering allows Aviointeriors to compete in the space with a product ready to deliver and ready to fly.