Air India has selected RECARO Aircraft Seating as the premium economy and economy seating partner for its widebody aircraft. The partnership will see more than 22,000 RECARO seats installed in both line-fit and retro-fit programmes over the next five to six years.
The airline chose the CL3710 and the brand-new CL3810 for economy class, while the premium PL3530 will outfit the premium economy cabin. The first phase involves the retro-fitting of 40 B787 and B777 aircraft with CL3710 and PL3530 seats, set to enter service in 2024. The same seat configuration will be maintained for 12 A350 and B787 line-fit aircraft entering service in 2025.
Most recently, Air India has expanded its commitment with an additional order for 34 A350 and B787 aircraft, featuring a new layout with CL3810 and PL3530 seats in the economy and premium economy cabins, respectively.
“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.”
All seats will showcase Air India’s signature custom trim and finish. The latest inflight entertainment systems will also be integrated into each seat. The unique seat design is built with durable and lightweight materials that contribute to the long life-cycle of the seat while simultaneously supporting a reduced carbon footprint for the aircraft.
“We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Air India, as the recipient of this substantial award,” said Dr Mark Hiller, CEO, 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.”