Turkish seats manufacturer TSI has announced that its economy class seat, Epianka is now being displayed at Boeing’s Airplane Integration Centre for 787 Dreamliner customers. This follows on from Epianka being put on show at the Boeing Renton Studio for Boeing 737 customers at the start of last year.
Commenting on the development, TSI managing director Suat Sağıroğlu said: “We are very proud and very much looking forward to strengthening our collaboration with Boeing and its customers. Being displayed in the Boeing showroom will enlarge our reach and accessibility to the world’s leading airlines and ensure our growth in the market. TSI will keep investing to expand its production capabilities and is ready for new challenges.”
The Epianka model “expands the creativity and competitiveness of economy class seating and makes it one of the best solutions for leading airlines”, according to the company. The seat is also said to “change the meaning of comfort and practicality” and offers both wide and slim monitors up to 13.3 inches for the inflight entertainment system (IFE).
Epianka is available for both narrow-body and wide-body aircraft with IFE and non-IFE options. Using the same seat platform for different types of aircraft provides advantages to the airline in terms of consistency in passenger experience, as well as for efficiency of maintenance and operation due to the commonality of parts.
Classified as Buyer-Furnished-Equipment (BFE) products for airlines for installation on Boeing aircraft, the economy class seats can be procured directly from TSI.
In April, the Istanbul-based company delivered five shipsets to AnadoluJet, a brand of Turkish Airlines operating as a regional airline. The Elesa S model economy class seat produced by TSI Seats will be used as a result of the agreement for 17 B737-800 aircraft that AnadoluJet has added to its fleet.
TSI says that it aims to address today’s hot topic for airlines: namely, reducing fuel consumption by minimising weight in aircraft interiors. With its lightweight design, the Elesa S is said to offer less fuel consumption as well as exceeding passenger expectations in terms of comfort. The remaining 12 deliveries of the retrofit project were scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the second quarter of this year.