Recaro Aircraft Seating has revealed KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) as the launch customer for the SL3710 economy class seat on Embraer and Boeing aircraft.

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    KLM ordered more than 5,500 seat pax of the SL3710 and nearly 2,000 seat pax of the BL3710, which are slated for delivering starting in February 2021.

    The Recaro seats will be retrofitted on a number of Embraer E190 and Boeing B737-800, and will be linefitted on the Embraer E195.

    Recaro Aircraft Seating CEO and shareholder, Mark Hiller said:“We are thrilled that our long-term partner KLM is the launch customer for our new SL3710, as we are both working towards the goal of making aviation travel more comfortable, sustainable and efficient.

    “Not only is this our first step into the regional aviation sector, but it’s also the first time Recaro has outfitted Embraer aircraft. This is not an opportunity we take lightly, and we look forward to continue pursuing our vision of ‘driving comfort in the sky’.”

    The company says that the newest addition to the Recaro economy class portfolio is the SL3710, which combines a lightweight design and durable parts to create a comfortable seat with a reduced total cost of ownership for airlines. Dubbed the “efficiency performer,” the SL3710 weighs in at 8 kilograms and can potentially save an aircraft up to several thousand euros in fuel costs per year.

    Ergonomically optimised for comfort, the BL3710 is a lightweight seat designed for short and medium-haul flights. It offers a six-way adjustable headrest and additional back support, but the modular seat design also ensures a streamlined cabin layout and minimal maintenance.

    “This is a tremendous honour to be named the launch customer for such a high-quality and comfortable, yet lightweight seat as the SL3710,” said KLM’s executive vice-president of customer experience, Boet Kreiken.

    “When we introduced our ‘Fly Responsibly’ sustainable travel campaign, we sought out partners who shared this vision. Recaro seats keep us ahead of the curve, as we are continuously improving the passenger journey and are leading the industry in delivering the economic and social value of network aviation in a sustainable way, by making our products and processes even more sustainable.”