LIFT’s 787 Tourist Class is Next Big Leap in Boeing Collaboration

Aircraft seating newcomers, LIFT systems, have extended their collaboration with Boeing aircraft with the award of a new 787 Tourist Class seat which is designed to optimally match the design of the 787 Dreamliner.

The announcement of this new line-fit or retrofit option for the 787 Dreamliner comes one year after the two jointly announced LIFT’s Tourist Class approval as a line-fit option for the 737 aircraft during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, with seats designed to fit the new 737 cabin.

Located in Huntington Beach, CA LIFT by EnCore was founded in 2011 by Jim Downey and Tom McFarland. The EnCore Group is a collection of four aerospace companies that serve the commercial and defence sectors with a range of products including seats, interiors, galleys, monuments, and composite aircraft structures.

“The 737 seat has been a great example of a successful collaboration across all departments,” explains Tom McFarland, CEO of the EnCore Group. “Carrying the successful collaboration on to the 787 Dreamliner was an easy decision, and the momentum of this new seat has been even better than the first one.”

Optimised specifically for the 787 Dreamliner, this new product was engineered from the ground up to meet the unique needs of long-haul flight.

The company conducted extensive ergonomic testing on the seat to ensure optimal comfort over prolonged sitting. The seat-back includes personal stowage, and can accommodate in-flight entertainment technology.

The seat is available pre-kitted in a range of colours and materials, each designed to complement the Boeing Sky Interior. Through the design and development phases, Boeing 787 Dreamliner Tourist Class Seating is available for special viewings to airlines interested in providing feedback. The seat is targeted for first delivery in early 2019.

“Boeing is pleased to expand our collaboration with LIFT,” said Beth Anderson, vice president, Payloads and Systems, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “By launching into the twin-aisle market with the 787 Dreamliner Tourist Class Seating, we are offering our Dreamliner customers more choice for economy class seats.”

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