RECARO AIRCRAFT SEATING SELECTED BY KLM, TRANSAVIA AIRLINES AND TRANSAVIA FRANCE TO OUTFIT NEW AIRBUS AICRAFT WITH ECONOMY CLASS SEATS
Delivery of the BL3710 and SL3710 seats on the A320 and A321 aircraft are slated to begin in September 2023 for Transavia Holland and in October 2023 for Transavia France
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 customized with additional features, including a BYOD holder (for KLM only) and a high power USB-C outlet into the backrest, which will help passengers stay connected during flight. In addition, redesigned backrests on both the SL3710 and BL3710 will further enhance passenger comfort whilst having a weight reduction benefit.
“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.”
Developed with sustainability in-mind, both seats receive top marks in lightweight design, which support in reducing fuel costs and carbon emissions for the aircraft. The slim backrest of the Recaro SL3710 enhances living space and maximizes comfort, while the BL3710 supports passengers on short and medium-haul flights with its award-winning ergonomic seat design.
“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.”
Established in 1919, KLM is the world’s oldest airline still operating under the same name and connects 34 million passengers annually with 167 cities across the world. Low-cost carrier Transavia Airlines is headquartered in Schiphol, Netherlands, and services 100 European destinations with 44 aircraft, while their Paris-based counterpart, Transavia France, connects passengers to more than 100 destinations with their fleet of 61 aircraft.