Causeway Aero Group has acquired Pitch Aircraft Seating Systems for an undisclosed sum. This follows the award, in March 2019, of a contract for Causeway to certify, manufacture and assemble the Pitch PF3000 lightweight, fixed back economy class seat at its facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
Michael Rice, CEO of Causeway Aero Group, commented: “We are delighted to add the Pitch seats to Causeway’s extensive Aero Interiors portfolio as we have been huge fans of them from the outset. The seats provide a comfortable living space for the passenger, even at 28in pitch, with sculptured cushions that suit all shapes and sizes. My personal favourite feature is the fact that finally I can properly open the screen and use my laptop.”
The Causeway team has shown tremendous professionalism and agility as with the engineering, certification and manufacture of the PF3000 and demonstrated that the company is a true Aero Integrator. There were multiple cases of a test failure on Thursday; seats shipped back overnight; engineering review on Saturday; new designs on Sunday; drawings issued to the supply chain on Monday; new parts received and new test seats produced on Tuesday; shipped on Wednesday; and retested, successfully the next day. That level of agility will be at the centre of the Pitch brand’s success going forward.
Michael added, “Pitch had done an amazing job designing the seat with feng shui style focus for a high-density cabin and delivered a Great British design with wonderful aesthetics, functionality and, most importantly, high levels of durability. Causeway’s focus is to further enhance the cost, durability and serviceability of the seats to make them the economy seat of choice for operators looking to fix total cost of ownership over the life of the product. Causeway’s strategy is to sell you great quality durable seats, not spare parts for them, We will back this up with a range of new sales packages which will be introduced in the coming months, offering seats and other interiors products.”
The Pitch brand completes Causeway’s ‘nose to tail’ aero interiors capability and represents a unique opportunity for Causeway to have an important role in the recovery of the commercial aviation industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as low-cost carriers will be a key element in regenerating travel. While Causeway will continue to provide integration, engineering and production support to major interiors manufacturers by providing high quality bespoke components, the well-established Pitch brand will continue and be marketed separately as it has become synonymous with aesthetic appeal, high quality and high durability in the high density cabin environment.
The PF3000, currently certified for the Airbus A320 Family, is designed to provide the highest degree of comfort and leg room at 28in pitch. Compared to a standard economy seat, the sculpted seat back offers 3in of additional leg and shin room as well as additional knee room provided by a chamfered table shape. It has a fixed recline backrest set at 1.5in.
A patented upper pocket system takes literature up to A4 size while there is a lower bungee storage system in the lower half of the seatback. This allows the cabin crews to make a rapid scan of the cabin to ensure that safety literature is in place and no passenger belongings have been left behind. It also provides safety for cleaning crews, with no hidden hazards in the pocket. A built in laptop rest is available when the tray table is open. In-seat power is an option.
Complete with seat-belts, upper and lower literature pockets, life vest pouch and synthetic leather dress covers, a standard triple unit weighs just 29.4kg, or 9.8kg per passenger.
With a seat width of 17.2in, the aisle in an Airbus A320 Family aircraft can be increased to 21.4in, helping to speed passenger loading and unloading and reduce turnaround times.