Airbus and Recaro Aircraft Seating aim to extend contract for exclusive delivery of SFE seats for A320 family

Recaro 3710Swift (economy class) and 4710Swift (business class) now also available as SFE-seats for A320 aircraft family

SCHWAEBISCH HALL, Germany, 3 April 2019 – Recaro Aircraft Seating has been the exclusive supplier of a “supplier-furnished-equipment” (SFE) seat for Airbus’ A320 family since 2016 with 3530Swift (economy class). Since then Airbus has sold over 20,000 seats of this catalogue product. Building on the unique relationship between the two parties, Recaro will be supplementing its SFE product portfolio for the Airbus A320 family with two additional next generation seat types: the 3710Swift (economy class) and the 4710Swift (business class), both of them best in class in terms of weight, comfort, and modularity.

With this addition Recaro will be able to deliver a dual class SFE seat solution (business class and economy class) for the A320 Family. Having different SFE seating options available for both line-fit and retrofit of the Airbus A320, will sound like music to the ears of many global airliners - especially the start-up and low-cost airlines - and lessors. Not only does this offer them a comprehensive family of products to choose from, it also assures them of the shortest market lead-time and the latest generation of high Recaro quality they are used to. 

Dr Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating on the renewed agreement: “We are absolutely thrilled with Airbus’ continued trust in Recaro. The extension and enlargement of the contract confirms our vision to drive comfort in the sky through a combination of consistent performance in terms of process stability, product quality and reliable delivery.”

Up until 2016, when Airbus and Recaro signed the original contract, all economy-class seats for the A320 Family were supplied exclusively as “buyer-furnished-equipment” (BFE). The benefits that came with the introduction of a SFE seat for the A320-family of airplanes are that Recaro supplies seats in predefined, pre-qualified and pre-certified Airbus layouts and catalogue configurations. This which saves considerable time normally required for individual product approval. Next to its SFE options, Recaro also has an Airbus BFE product catalogue that will continue to be updated.


Photo (left to right):
Mr. Bernhardt Seiter - Vice President Sales EMEA, Recaro Aircraft Seating
Mr. Luiz Almeida – Senior Manager OEM and Lease Accounts, Recaro Aircraft Seating
Mr. Jean Daniel Escarpit – Purchasing manager Seats, Airbus
Mr. Tim Sommer – Vice President Seats & Electronics, Airbus
Mr. Jörg Schuler – Senior Vice President Procurement Cabin, Airbus
Dr. Mark Hiller – CEO and Shareholder, Recaro Aircraft Seating
Mr. Christian Kley – Head of Purchasing and MFT Leader Seats, Airbus
Mr. Klaus Steinmeyer – Vice President Strategy and Programs, Recaro Aircraft Seating
Mr. Olivier Cuq – Director of Cabin Procurement, Airbus
Mr. Heiko Fricke – Executive Vice President Research and Development, Recaro Aircraft Seating
Mrs. Martina Putsch
Mr. Martin Putsch – Shareholder and CEO, Recaro Holding