November 18 2016  |  Inflight Entertainment

TAP updating Airbus single-aisles with Recaro seats

By Rick Lundstrom

TAP, the Portuguese airline,  is updating its cabin equipment for its short and medium-haul arcraft with seats from Recaro Aircraft Recaro's BL3530 seat Seating.

The first of 41 A320 included in the retrofit program from the company’s Airbus fleet have been equipped with Recaro’s SL3510 and BL3530 seats. Recaro is delivering more than 6,600 lightweight seats on TAP’s  A319s, A320s and A321s.

The launch with the new Recaro seats took place on October 30. TAP’s Gago Coutinho A319 completed its first flight with the new cabin equipment from Lisbon to Luxembourg.

“Layout optimization allows twelve more seats to fit into the cabin of the A319 and A320 aircraft,” said a release from Recaro, 

“With the TAP A321 aircraft’s new cabin configuration, there are an additional 16 seats on board. Passenger comfort has been enhanced thanks to outstanding ergonomics and lightweight design from Recaro.”

“With our seats, every converted aircraft will be up to 700 kilograms lighter,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, Recaro’s Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder. “This contributes to reduced kerosene costs and emissions. Recaro’s Ingenious Design combines the best in comfort and enhanced spaciousness for passengers with economic advantages and environmental benefits.”

The Recaro SL3510 weights in at around nine kilograms. Thanks to the use of lightweight materials, it weighs 40% less than conventional seats in this class

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