Lightweight design, premium comfort and superior quality, these are the main characteristics that link together the three seat models Recaro presents at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg. The CL3710 and SL3710 set a new standard for comfort in the sky for the economy long and short range respectively, while the CL6710 Next Generation concept seat will do the same for business class. All three seat models combine exceptional comfort with the lightweight design and quality that Recaro stands for.
With almost 50 years of experience in aircraft seating, Recaro constantly pushes to raise the bar for ultimate comfort, efficiency and quality. The latest additions to the company’s portfolio prove that once again.
Sleeping comfort above the clouds
The CL3710 – one of the finalists for a Crystal Cabin Award – takes sleeping comfort in economy class to a new level. As part of a holistic approach named ‘Sleeping Comfort’, Recaro created a range of three main comfort elements designed to enable improved body posture, a better ability to change sleeping positions and a reduction of pressure points. The Abrazo headrest gives additional side support to the head, while the extended seat bottom option supports the upper and parts of the lower legs. This increases the size of the seating surface and reduces pressure points. Last but not least, the flip cushion helps to support the lower lumbar area in a cradle or sleeping position.
While also offering outstanding comfort, Recaro successfully aimed for an unrivalled combination of reliability, light weight and a low total cost of ownership in designing the SL3710. Weighing in at 8 kilograms, this short-haul economy class seat sets a new benchmark for lightweight. Through innovative changes to the seat cushion, the seat pan and the seat structure itself, Recaro achieved major weight reductions. Its slim backrest design provides more living space per passenger, while allowing the carrier to adopt higher-density seat layouts
Dubbed the efficiency performer, the SL3710 keeps costs low over the entire lifecycle, hence contributing to a lower TCO: a seat design, optimized for predefined recline reduces maintenance costs by 50%, while a spare parts commonality with the BL3710 keeps maintenance costs at a minimum. It also shares a common design language with the BL3710 which can prove crucial for a consistent look and feel in hybrid layouts.
Elevating luxury into new spheres
Besides these two economy class seats, Recaro also introduced a concept for the CL6710 Next Generation business class seat.
The seat creates a mini suite sensation through itsincreased living space and styling with high quality trim & finish materials. The optional sliding doors and individually adjustable settings allows passengers to personalize their seating experience above the cloudsand creates a new dimension of privacy.While the optimized seat kinematics and cushion comfortoffer an ergonomically superior design, the generous and versatile stowage creates more space for all personal belongings.
While offering generous living space for all passengers, the CL6710 NG will hold plenty of benefits for the operators as well. 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.
“Recaro’s vision to drive comfort in the sky pushes us to constantly rethink our products as we aim to deliver unprecedented comfort, quality and design,” explains Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Cutting-edge product innovation that supports both passengers and airliners, forms the core of our company. That is what we showcase with these new additions to our portfolio.”
About Recaro Aircraft Seating
Recaro Aircraft Seating sees itself as a solution provider for its customers. As a global supplier of premium aircraft seats for airlines and OEMs, the company reported a growth averaging 10% over the past 15 years. Recaro employs 2300 people worldwide and exceeded half a billion euros in sales in 2018. It is the global market leader in the economy class seating. To secure its strategic expansion, Recaro is investing hundreds of millions in product innovation in business class seating. Over the next 5 years, it will also invest in significantly expanding its headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall as well as its sites in China, Poland and the USA.
With this, Recaro consistently underpins its corporate vision of “Driving comfort in the sky”.
The aim: become market leader in economy and business class seating while maintaining a permanent customer focus.
About Recaro Group
The Recaro Group comprises the independently operating divisions RECARO Aircraft Seating in Schwaebisch Hall and Recaro eGaming in Stuttgart as well as the Recaro Holding located in Stuttgart. The Group’s consolidated sales amounted to 540 million euros in 2017. Currently the Group employs more than 2,400 employees at its locations around the world. The automotive seating business as well as the child seat and stroller business are operated by licensees.