Is it premium economy on long-haul or first class for short-haul? Either way, Recaro expects its new PL3810 premium seat, unveiled at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2023 this week, will help it continue to deliver comfort to passengers while helping airlines save weight compared to the prior generation.
And, indeed, the PL3810 shows upgrades in several areas, relative to the PL3530 or the CL4710. Recaro points out a 10% savings in weight. That alone is a big win for airlines.
From a passenger comfort perspective, one notable shift is to a single-plate table. These are typically more stable than folding options.
The seat also features privacy wings on the headrest, a design first introduced in this layout by Recaro with the CL4710 for Delta Air Lines.
Other benefits of the seat include a larger entertainment screen – now 15.6″ – and a small storage area along side the passengers’ outside thigh.
Power outlets move up on the center armrest, and the water bottle holder is now on the seat’s center column, rather than on the back of the row ahead. That’s good news for passengers in the bulkhead row. USB power is located in the armrest/stowage area, in addition to the 110V power option on the front of the seat.
The seat keeps Recaro’s six-way headrest, though the headrest is now slightly narrower thanks to the side wings (which are optional for an airline). The recline with articulation the leg rest (upgraded) and the relatively wide center armrest also remain. Recaro says it can add wireless charging as an option on the center console.
Ultimately, the company aims to deliver passengers the opportunity to “own their space” on board with the PL3810.
And at least three airlines are convinced of that value proposition. The PL3810 has commitments from three airlines – new build and retrofit, all on twin aisle configs – with certification and installation beginning in late 2024.
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