June 20 2023  |  Seating

Qantas selects Recaro economy seating for Project Sunrise

By Alex Preston

Qantas' forthcoming A350 aircraft will be fitted out with Recaro's CL3810 Economy Class seating

Recaro Aircraft Seating is to furnish the Qantas A350 economy cabin with the brand-new CL3810 seat.

In total, 140 seats will be installed on each of the 12 A350-1000 aircraft, part of “Project Sunrise”, with the airline’s first A350 expected to be delivered in late 2025.

Pitched at 33 inches with a 6-inch recline, the CL3810 has a six-way adjustable headrest, articulating seat pan for added comfort when reclining, and custom-shaped cushions to provide long-haul passengers with an enhanced sleeping experience. Built with a lightweight structure, the CL3810 is nearly 15 percent lighter than its predecessor. The seat also offers passengers extra knee space.

“Our partnership with Qantas has grown and evolved over almost 20 years, however, one thing hasn’t changed: the united commitment to push the boundary of travel innovation,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating in a June 19 statement. “‘Project Sunrise’ allows the seat’s design and ergonomic innovations to shine through, and I am confident our CL3810 will play a key role in providing a comfortable passenger journey.”

“While the Qantas A350 will have a high percentage of premium seats onboard, most customers will travel in the Premium Economy and Economy cabins so maximizing comfort and wellbeing across all cabins was a priority,” said Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce in the same release. “Economy travellers will have an OLED 13-inch TV screen, foot net and convenient storage space within arms’ reach to store glasses and personal items. The team has spent extensive time testing ergonomics, lumbar support and breathability of the seat fabrics in the new Economy seat which will have 33 inches of legroom.”


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