Recaro Aircraft Seating has been selected by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia France and Netherlands-based Transavia Airlines to outfit new Airbus aircraft with economy class seats.
Delivery of Recaro’s BL3710 and SL3710 on the 100 A320 and A321 aircraft begins in summer 2023.
The KLM aircraft will be configured in a hybrid layout, with the BL3710 being installed at the front of the cabin and followed by the SL3710. Transavia Airlines and Transavia France will be fully equipped with the SL3710.
Both seats are customised with additional features, including a drinks holder (for KLM only) and a high power USB-C outlet into the backrest.
In addition, redesigned backrests on both the SL3710 and BL3710 will enhance passenger comfort and achieve a weight reduction.
“Our flexible and dynamic customer team, in tandem with our aligned goals on sustainability, has resulted in a strong partnership with KLM, Transavia Airlines and Transavia France,” said Dr Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating and Recaro Holding. “I am confident that our seats will serve their passengers well for many years to come.”
“After an intense tender process we were happy as KLM and both Transavia Airlines in France and the Netherlands to jointly select the Recaro new seats even tough in our own 3 airline specifications,” Boet Kreiken, EVP Customer Experience at KLM. “The right combination of comfort, reliability, weight, sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and economics led to the decision to work again with Recaro.”
In December 2021, KLM announced an order for a total of 100 aircraft from the A320neo family, plus an option on 60 additional aircraft of the same type.
From late 2023, these new A320neo/A321neo aircraft will begin replacing KLM and Transavia’s existing Boeing 737 NG aircraft on European routes.