Filipino carrier Cebu Pacific will become the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to order brand new seats from Recaro Aircraft Seating. The selected model is the SL3510 seat which will equip its brand-new fleet of 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft. CEB is expecting to grow its 56-strong fleet to over 80 aircraft, with an expansion plan that includes orders for 30 new A321neos, which should be delivered between 2017 and 2021.
In a statement, the budget carrier said the plan would cover the placement of orders for 30 new Airbus A321neos between 2017 and 2021 to add to its existing fleet of 56 aircraft.
The Recaro Aircraft Seating product will start to be retrofitted on the new neo aircraft. it utmost special feature is its weight: At around 9 kg (approximately 20 lb.), the Recaro SL3510 is currently one of the lightest economy-class seats on the market, weighing around 40 percent less than conventional economy-class seat models. Instead of foam, a thinner and much lighter innovative netting material forms the core of the seat’s backrest. The weight of the seat is reduced while space is increased: with a thinner backrest, the space between seat rows and consequently the living space for passengers is increased. At the same time, the netting material ergonomically conforms to the shape of the passenger’s spine, making the seat very comfortable.
“We have always been a firm advocate of innovative and economic solutions that ensure the best travel experience for our passengers,” said CEB President and CEO Lance Gokongwei.
“It is with this mission in mind that we have decided to equip our upcoming brand-new Airbus A321neos with Recaro SL3510 seats. The ergonomic seats will not only contribute to our valued guests’ comfort on-board, but also help us reduce fuel burn with their lightweight, cost-efficient design. We look forward to providing even more affordable and enjoyable flights to all our customers”, said the airline CEO to some newspapers.
Last year, Cebu Pacific carried a total of 18.4 million passengers, 8.9 percent higher than the 16.9 million in 2014. For this year, the carrier including its subsidiary Cebgo is looking to serve 20 million passengers through its extensive network across the globe!