The Italian manufacturer claims that airlines can save money with its new seat, for a variety of reasons.
A new seat that “allows an ultra-high density in the aircraft cabin”, something that could make it attractive for low-cost carriers, has been revealed at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
The Italian airline seating company Aviointeriors pulled the veils off its Skyrider 2.0, which has a reduced pitch by pushing passengers into a more upright position.
The design would help airlines increase passenger numbers by up to 20%, the manufacturer claims, “allowing increasing profits for airline companies”.
As Aviointeriors puts it: “Skyrider 2.0 is an innovative seat. [It] opens the travelling experience to a wider passenger market, creating also a useful space for the introduction [of] mixed classes boarded on the same aircraft.”
It adds: “Its main feature is the original bottom that ensures an increased upright passenger position allowing installation of the seat at a reduced pitch, while maintaining an adequate comfort.”
The company also stresses that the seat weighs 50% less than a standard economy seat and has fewer parts, making it cheaper and easier to maintain.
The Independent newspaper comments that the actual seats “resemble a horse’s saddle more than a traditional chair, with a raised section in the middle – designed so that passengers put a leg either side and lean, rather than sit”.