flydubai to be launch customer for new IFE system installed in Recaro seats

Deal between Recaro Aircraft Seating and flydubai

Schwaebisch Hall, Germany. Low-cost operator flydubai will be the launch customer implementing a new fiber optics-based in-flight entertainment system in seats developed and manufactured by Recaro Aircraft Seating. The deal that flydubai signed with Recaro and Lumexis was recently announced. The new IFE system from Lumexis is the winner of the Crystal Cabin Award 2010 in the “Entertainment and Communication” category.

Recaro will supply a facelift version of the successful Basic Line 3510 which has a new composite backrest. “For the first time we have managed to integrate an IFE system with such a big moni-tor in the backrest of the seat without sacrificing living space for the passenger – this was our biggest challenge”, explained Axel Kahsnitz, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. Recaro engineers even created more legroom by removing the literature pocket from the shin area and placing it above the tray table.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: “We’ve been very impressed with the quality and comfort of the Recaro seats we have received to date. The innovative seat back design, which removed the seat pocket from its traditional knee-high position, has ensured our seats have an additional two inches of leg room and gives us one of the largest seat pitches of any economy class airline. Recaro have continued to innovate by ensuring Lumexis’ revolutionary fibre optic seat back touch screen IFE system can be accommodated into our seating, thereby ensuring we will be the world’s first commercial airline to bring this new type of IFE to our customers.”

The seats will be delivered with the award-winning in-flight entertainment system from Lumexis which offers the airline a flexible, high quality and innovative IFE option at a fraction of the normal cost: The system uses fiber optics rather than tradi-tional copper wires. This significantly reduces the cost of the system overall, and makes it far lighter than other IFEs in use today.

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