Molon Labe Seating, developer and producer of aircraft seats, has unveiled the Side-Slip Seat to the market at the Aircraft Interior Expo in Singapore last October. This seat was specifically designed for short and medium range operations in economy class.
Successfully Passed HIC Test
The Side-Slip Seat had already passed 16g and 14g dynamic testing earlier this year. Continuing with its testing and certification campaign, Molon Labe now took up HIC testing. Having passed many successful simulations before, it was no big surprise that the seat passed with flying colors. HIC values were even lower than expected and significantly lower than the passing threshold.
Molon Labe Seating continues to conduct this risk-reduction testing to ensure timely delivery of the Side-Slip Seat to customers in the coming year without any certification or installation delays.
Boarding Time Savings and Reduced Emissions
With the Side-Slip Seat, the aisle seat can be slipped over the middle seat, doubling the width of the aircraft aisle during boarding. Thus, more passenger can enter the aircraft in less time, reducing delays in the aisle. For the airline, this means saving up to 30% on boarding time and a potential to reduce their block time, leading to less cost on the ground, a reduction of emissions and a higher aircraft utilization. Molon Labe Seating has already been recognized as “Green Exporter” by the Export-Import Bank of the US government, providing sustainable, environment-friendly products.
The staggered design of the Side-Slip Seat offers all passengers more living space. Window and aisle seats are at comfortable 18”, while the center seat provides 20.8” of width at the shoulders. The increase in lateral space as well as the staggered design adds to more passenger comfort. Shoulder-to-shoulder contact and the fight for the armrest are things of the past.
For users of smart phones and tablets, the seat offers a dedicated place to clip in their device. USB power is fully integrated in the seat without intruding leg space. The seat is fully BYOD-ready.
Molon Labe Seating
Molon Labe Seating is a Denver-based company, developing and building aircraft seats. By close partnering with industry leaders in production, testing and certification, Molon Labe Seating can operate in a lean and flexible structure. Primus Aerospace, a tier 1 aerospace industry supplier, is in charge of production, NIAR (National Institute of Aviation Research) conducts testing and certification. Molon Labe was founded by Hank Scott, and Kevin Van Liere, Engineering Professors at the University of Colorado.