Recaro Aircraft seating announces that IAG airlines British Airways and Iberia have selected their SL3510-model seats for their A320neo and A321neo short-haul aircraft, with a combined order of 9,000 seats to begin delivery in early 2018.

In addition, the existing Iberia A320ceo aircraft will be retro-fitted with Recaro’s SL3510 seats.

“We particularly need world-class aircraft seats that are utterly reliable and robust, yet also light and easy to maintain, for our extremely busy short-haul flights within Europe. The SL3510 model from Recaro fulfills all of our expectations and offers our demanding customers an outstanding level of comfort,” said Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways. “Recaro is a premium seating manufacturer and partner that offers outstanding customer service and optimum delivery times.”

Luis Gallego, Chairman and CEO of Iberia, said: “We are especially proud of the balance between comfort and economy achieved by the new Recaro SL3510 seats. The design makes the seats incredibly comfortable, while freeing up extra legroom for all our passengers. They are also lighter in weight, which translates into greater fuel economy and cleaner skies”

Each of Recaro´s light-weight SL3510 seats weigh nine kilograms. Installing these seats from Recaro will make the aircraft considerably lighter, which saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions.

The seat is ergonomically designed, adapting to the passenger’s spine for back comfort while optimising legroom and personal living space.

“With its innovative and both environmentally and economically attractive characteristics, the award-winning SL3510 sets global standards and is one of the best seats in its class. Which makes me all the more pleased that IAG, which sets the benchmark in the market, has opted for our solution,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Installing these light-weight seats makes ideal use of the space in the aircraft cabin. As a result, both airlines offer their passengers attractive benefits in the highly competitive short-haul market and can simultaneously operate in an extremely efficient manner.”

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