Although the dimensions of airline seats make occasional headlines when weighty passengers like Kevin Smith are involved in a dust-up, the specs on cabin seating are a constant concern for fuel-price-challenged carriers.
Enter B/E Aerospace, which says nine airlines and leasing companies have selected its new Pinnacle main-cabin seating on new Boeing B737, Boeing B787 and Airbus A320 aircraft. The company says the contracts are worth more than $250 million.
The seating, meant for economy class, is 15% lighter than the lightest seats on the market, and the weight savings is realized through the use of composite materials, a new suspension system and an improved design methodology," B/E Aerospace says.
The Pinnacle seating, which can be used in narrow and wide-body planes, is expected to be delivered to the nine airlines and leasing companies before the end of 2010, the company says.