Hamburg, 5th April, 2016 – The leading turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR and the France-based aircraft seat manufacturer Expliseat today signed a buyer-furnished equipment (BFE) agreement for the supply of a new ATR aircraft seat type: the Titanium Seat. The agreement, inked on the occasion of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, enables ATR’s customers and operators to have a broader choice when configuring their aircraft cabin layouts.
The new Titanium seat allows airlines to save up to 300 kg when compared to current ATR ‘-600 series’ cabin configuration. These new seats will enable to get substantial fuel savings and to further enhance payload capacity and operational flexibility at short runways or at hot and high environments. In addition, the new Titanium seats feature only 30 parts per seat, thus reducing their maintenance costs. The Titanium seats are provided as an option for new aircraft, and are also available for all ATR aircraft types in retrofit.
Air Tahiti is the launch customer of this new cabin solution, with an entry into service of the Titanium seats on a retrofitted ATR aircraft in May 2016. The seats will be available on new ATR aircraft produced at the ATR manufacturing plant by the end of the year.
Commenting on the deal, Benjamin Saada, Chief Executive Officer of Expliseat, declared: “We are proud of having been selected as a new supplier of ATR and to bring our new and lightweight seats into the most popular regional aircraft of the market”.
David Brigante, ATR’s Senior Vice-President Procurement highlighted that “the aim is to provide our operators with a broader scope of customization possibilities. The signature of this contract perfectly fits into our philosophy of continuous improvement of our aircraft, its performances and the services we bring to the 200 airlines operating ATRs worldwide”.
Founded in March 2011, Expliseat combines innovation, technical performance and user experience, thanks to its ultra-light aircraft seats. In 2013, Expliseat launches its first seat the Titanium Seat for the A320’s: the world lightest seat (4kg). It allows airlines to spare up to US$700,000 per aircraft per year and economy class passengers to travel comfortably. Since then, Expliseat has released Titanium seats for the regional aircraft market (Titanium Seat for ATR) and also medium haul aircraft (Titanium Seat NEO). For additional information log on to: http://expliseat.com/
Founded in 1981, ATR has become the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1,500 aircraft. With over 28 million flight hours, ATR models equip the fleets of over 200 airlines in nearly 100 countries. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, the Airbus Group and Finmeccanica. Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified. For additional information, log on to http://www.atr-aircraft.com.