Recaro Aircraft Seating has been selected by KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional carrier, to outfit the 21 Embraer 195-E2 aircraft recently ordered by the airline. Each aircraft will have a hybrid layout of Recaro BL3710 and SL3710 seats, and the first E195-E2 is slated for delivery in the first quarter of 2021.
Weighing a mere eight kilograms, the highly reliable SL3710 is the lowest weight in its category. A popular choice for regional airlines, the ergonomically optimized seat design is a win-win for passengers and airlines, as it reduces fuel costs for airlines without sacrificing comfort for the passenger.
The BL3710 combines ergonomic design with numerous inventive enhancement options to create the state-of-the-art seat model, which is considered to be the master of short and medium-haul flights. The seat’s design is distinctly Recaro and allows customers to select from a wide variety of armrests, upholstery and storage options. More importantly, the seat demonstrates “driving comfort in the sky” for all passengers due to the inseparable mix of function, ergonomics and aesthetics.
The unique cabin layout of the plane reflects Recaro and KLM’s dedication to reducing the carbon footprint, as it will optimize weight efficiency while still ensuring passenger comfort.
With 132 seats on board, the E195-E2 will be the largest aircraft in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet and will help accommodate growth. The partnership between these aviation industry innovators will only further enhance KLM’s sustainability initiative, “Fly Responsibly,” and the commitment of Recaro to the research and development of more efficient seats.
Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating: “I am eager to expand our business into the regional aviation sector by partnering with KLM, as they are a significant key player in Europe and a long-term Recaro customer.”
The Recaro BL3710 seat featured at the KLM Cityhopper stand at KLM’s open house in October, which celebrated the airlines’ 100-year anniversary with more than 65,000 visitors. Headquartered in Amsterdam with a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, KLM is the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name.
About KLM Cityhopper
KLM Cityhopper is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and an independent operating carrier, feeding its European flights into KLM’s vast intercontinental and European network. KLM Cityhopper has a total fleet of 49 Embraer E190s and Embraer E175s. KLM Cityhopper operates flights to 73 scheduled European destinations. On average, KLM Cityhopper operates more than 300 flights a day year round and brings over 9 million passengers to their destinations every year.
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 over 2600 people worldwide and neared €600 million 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 automotive seating business as well as the child seat and stroller business are operated by licensees.