United Airlines has unveiled a new seat design focused on reducing aircraft weight while at the same time improving customer comfort.
The carrier will deploy the new, slimline seats on hundreds of aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.
According to United Airlines, the new seat design includes:
● Bold elements, such as multi-tonal leather seat covers, distinctive double-stitch patterns, sculpted contouring and a new United-branded tag;
● More ergonomic and supportive cushioning and additional seat-back storage space in United Economy Plus and United Economy; and
● Technology that makes the seats more environmentally friendly by reducing seat weight and volume, contributing to less fuel burn.
United introduced the new seat design on October 3 on a Bombardier CRJ700 operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines.
The huge carrier expects to deploy the new look on all its domestic mainline aircraft and on regional jets operated by United Express carriers.
Ultimately, United plans the new design to be on more than 60,000 seats on more than 500 aircraft. The airline expects the new seats to be installed in approximately 400 aircraft by 2015.
“Our customers will see a distinctive, consistent look on our aircraft that underscores our modern fleet and our onboard investments to make their travels more user-friendly,” says Jeff Foland, United’s executive vice president of marketing, technology and strategy.
The airline developed the seats with global travel and transport design consultant Priestmangoode.