Seating manufacturer Mirus hit a major milestone this week, dispatching its first ship set of seats to Hamburg for installation on an aircraft at the Airbus factory. The seats are expected to be installed on the final assembly line at Finkenwerder next week, with first flight and customer (AirAsia) delivery shortly thereafter.
In a statement issued commemorating the milestone CEO Phil Hall highlighted some of the challenges overcome to get to this point, as well as the support and contributions from suppliers and partners, as well as from Airbus and AirAsia, to reach this point.
Today marks the culmination of a dream that started over 8 years ago. It also marks the fulfilment of a promise made.
That dream and that promise was that I could deliver an economy seat to the Airbus final assembly line as an approved Airbus supplier.
I use the word ‘I’ liberally as clearly I could not have reached this milestone by myself. There were no shortcuts to get to this place, just a lot of dedicated, hardworking individuals who share my passion to do things a little differently.
Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped us on this journey – from our suppliers, to our shareholders, and to each and every member of Team Mirus – because without them, none of this would have been possible.
We are also immensely thankful of the steadfast support of our customer, AirAsia, and the patience and guidance received from Airbus, both of whom contributed so enormously to us reaching this momentous goal.
The road to get here has been tortuous and sometimes treacherous; there is still so much to learn and so many areas we can and need to improve. We give knowing acknowledgement to the fact that we can do better and that we are still on our journey to be the best we can be and truly fulfil our potential. But this is what drives us.
Nonetheless, today, as we waved off our first shipset for delivery, I took a moment to let the pride sink in. For me, this achievement marks the maturing of Mirus Aircraft Seating as a business and as a real contender. I sometimes forget that 4 ½ years ago none of the business I see today existed.
I am very excited to see what we can achieve in the next 4 ½ years and beyond.
The line-fit installation comes 17 months after the first AirAsia A320 retrofit with the Mirus Hawk seat took flight. That milestone was reached just two years after the order was first announced. The overall timeline for the company’s entrance into the seating market as a significant player has proven very impressive.
Beyond the AirAsia work, Mirus also has a retrofit contract with TUI Group for retrofit work on some of that carrier’s 767s.
The company also continues to innovate. It unveiled an even lighter and slimmer model, the Kestrel, at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg earlier this year.