Premieres for Recaro Aircraft Seating in China

First BL3520-RAC seats delivered to Shandong Airlines

Schwaebisch Hall, Germany/Qingdao, China. Successful production launch at Recaro Aircraft Seating’s Chinese location: Following certification of the facility in early 2014, the first BL3520-RAC seats for the economy class have now rolled off the assembly line in Qingdao. They have been delivered to China’s Shandong Airlines, which will use them in its new Boeing 737 fleet. The first aircraft equipped with the seats took off in July 2014.

“We are very pleased about reaching this important milestone at the new Recaro location in Qingdao: Only a few months after officially opening the facility at the end of 2013 and obtaining certification for it in early 2014, we have produced the first seats for our customer, Shandong Airlines. With their delivery, we are now introducing our new product, the BL3520-RAC, in the Chinese market”, says Dr. Mark Hiller, Chief Executive Officer of Recaro Aircraft Seating.

Shandong Airlines is the first customer for the new seat for the economy class. The airline has ordered a total of about 3,400 units of the Recaro BL3520-RAC model, which will be installed in 21 new Boeing 737 aircraft – with the option to equip additional aircraft with the seats. The seat, intended for use on short- and medium-haul flights, is a special edition of the bestseller BL3520 for the economy class which has been adapted to meet the needs of the Asian market.

Expansion of the Recaro portfolio in China

Recaro Aircraft Seating plans to gradually offer the complete Recaro product portfolio from Qingdao to the Asian market. “Other projects are already in the pipeline,” explains Manfred Büchner, General Manager of the Recaro location in China. “We are currently negotiating projects with more than 20 airlines in China. Beyond the Chinese market, a number of customers in the Asia-Pacific region have expressed a strong interest in our products. We will not concentrate just on seats for the economy class, but will also supply airlines with our products for the business class.”

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