February 6 2024  |  Seating

Air India names RECARO as Premium Economy and Economy seating partner

By PAX Magazine Staff

RECARO's Premium Economy reclining seat

RECARO Aircraft Seating has been selected by Air India as the Premium Economy and Economy seating partner for their widebody aircraft. The partnership will see more than 22,000 RECARO seats installed on the airline’s fleet in both line-fit and retrofit programs in the next five to six years, the February 6 press release said.

The airline selected the CL3710 and the CL3810 for Economy Class, while the PL3530 will outfit the Premium Economy cabin. The initial phase of the collaboration will focus on retrofitting of 40 of Air India’s 787 and 777 aircraft with CL3710 and PL3530 seats. The aircraft are set to enter service in 2024.

RECARO will also line-fit 12 of the airline’s A350 and 787 aircraft to enter service in 2025, maintaining the same seat configuration.

"We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Air India, as the recipient of this substantial award," said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO at RECARO Aircraft Seating and RECARO Holding. "RECARO is eager to begin collaboration, bringing our innovative seating solutions and exceptional customer service to complement Air India's global standard of high-quality service."

Air India has ordered 34 additional A350 and 787 aircraft, featuring a layout with CL3810 and PL3530 seats in the Economy and Premium Economy cabins.

“We’re happy to get into this partnership with Recaro Aircraft Seating,” said Campbell Wilson, CEO and MD, Air India. “This will help us offer an enhanced experience for our passengers at this transformative time for Air India and add value to our passenger-centric focus making us more competitive on the global aviation stage.”

The PL3530 seat, designed for Premium Economy Class passengers, offers a 7” recline. Meanwhile, the Economy CL3710 seat features a six-way adjustable headrest with neck support. The CL3810 seat design has a modern aesthetic and offers spacious seating for Economy Class along with a six-way adjustable headrest and lumbar support.

All of RECARO’s seats will feature Air India's signature custom trim and finish. All three are designed to be ergonomic and sustainable, with lightweight and durable materials contributing to the long life cycle of the seats.

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