Jazeera Airways plans to save a lot of fuel on its existing A320/A321 fleet with a cabin refresh. The carrier is the launch customer for the Expliseat TiSeat E2 on the A320 family, saving roughly 1,200 kilograms per aircraft.
That weight savings translates into significant fuel savings as well, up to half a million liters per year according to the company.
The TiSeat will deliver a substantial weight saving of 1.2 metric tons per aircraft. The significant cost savings associated with this will help us to maximize our operational and financial performance. We are pleased to be an early adopter of this next generation lightweight economy seat, which offers passengers excellent comfort and cost saving.– Rohit Ramachandran, Jazeera’s CEO
The TiSeat E2 seat is light, but also comes with a full complement of passenger features. It includes a recline function, for example, but still weighs just 6.8 kilograms per seat. The seats benefits from a composite and titanium frame structure, as well as zero plastic parts policy which significantly improves long-term reliability.
Jazeera also chose to add in-seat power, bringing Burrana’s RISE USB solution into the cabin. Seats also include a PED holder.
From a passenger perspective, however, the weight savings comes with something of a catch. The carrier will also add an additional row to each aircraft, enabled by the lighter seats. Even with six more seats on board the planes will be lighter, allowing the airline to come out ahead on the fuel burn side of the equation.
Expliseat’s CEO, Amaury Barberot notes that the company continues to see inroads, thanks to the lightweight design opening new opportunities for the carrier, “Our lightweight seats were initially addressing operators facing stringent payload restriction, with high altitude, short runway, high temperatures conditions. With our new seat generation, other airlines are turning to Expliseat to address rising fuel prices, carbon taxes and sustainability issues.”
Expliseat recently secured a $19 million investment, allowing the company to further expand its manufacturing operations. A new factory in Angers, France is expected to be fully online by the end of 2023, bringing Expliseat’s production capacity to 37,000 seats per year.
The deal with Jazeera will see more than 2,000 seats delivered by 2024.
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