United Kingdom | November 18, 2104– Shown here at the Thomas Cook engineering hangar in Manchester are rows of Acro Aircraft Seating Ultra Recline seats awaiting installation on board a yet-to-be-painted Condor Airlines B757.

Acro Aircraft Seating designs and manufactures aircraft passenger seats for the economy cabin which enable an airline to reduce operating cost, improve passenger on-board experience and contribute to CO² emissions reduction.

United Kingdom | November 25, 2013– UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has announced that it will equip Airbus A320 aircraft with its Ultra XC wider and lighter economy class reclining seat from the first quarter, 2014. The seat, boasting a width of 18.1 inches for window and aisle seats and 19.3 inches for the middle seat, will offer passengers more ‘personal’ space, greater comfort and improved sleep especially on long haul flights. The launch customer, a yet to be announced major European carrier will install the new seats across its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Recent research from the London Sleep Centre revealed that a minimum seat width of 18 inches improved passenger sleep quality by 53% compared with the 1950s-style 17-inch standard. Cameron Allan, Commercial Director at Acro, adds: “We are very excited to be working to supply a wider and more comfortable seat which will address the needs of passengers. The new Ultra XC seat was developed very much in response to customer demand. At Acro, we want our customers to be happy and according to the recent research, when it comes to flying long haul in economy, an inch or so makes a huge difference in terms of passenger comfort.”

Distinguished by their light weight and slim design of the seatback, Acro’s seats fulfill the specific requirements needed by Airbus and commercial carriers in order to comply with the demanding airline seat market. In addition to passenger comfort, Acro’s seats offer a short lead time of only 16 weeks, increased leg room, a reduction of maintenance costs due to a robust, modular and easy-clean structure and a significant weight saving over other manufactured seats which helps operators reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

This latest news follows a hugely successful 2013 for Acro with contract wins to supply seats to Braathens Regional for 13 Saab 340/2000 aircraft, South Africa’s Mango Airlines for eight Boeing 737-800s and KLM Cityhopper for 26 Fokker F70s.

Based in Redhill, Surrey, Acro believes that good design comes from the application of common sense, engineering rigour and practical experience of the service environment. The company designs, certifies and manufactures lightweight, robust and comfortable economy seats for regionals, legacy, low cost and traditional carriers. Acro’s seat portfolio satisfies a wide range of aircraft types and different cabin class options and has the capability to produce 1,500 seats a month, which it anticipates will increase to 2000 a month by 2015. By year end Acro will have some 20,000 seats flying (a number it expects to double over the next eighteen months) following installations on Braathens Regional, Mango, KLM City Hopper, and Aer Arann. Jet2.com (the launch customer in 2008) now has more than 50 aircraft with Acro seats.

United Kingdom | August 27, 2013– UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has announced that KLM Cityhopper (KLC) and Fokker Services have signed a contract to replace the seats on the airline’s entire Fokker 70 fleet with its new Acro Ultra seats. Distinguished by its light weight and slim design of the seatback, this is the first time that KLC has ordered this particular model. The order marks an important win for Acro which includes 26 shipsets and seating for a total of 2080 passengers. Installation is already completed for the first four shipsets and completion of the order is anticipated in October, ahead of the 2013 winter schedule.

KLC selected the Acro seats in order to introduce a new Economy Comfort-zone Class on its Fokker 70 fleet, similar to its Boeing fleet in Europe. By installing the new seats, a reconfiguration of the front section of the aircraft has been made possible. Consequently, KLC passengers can then (winter 2013/2014) enjoy an extra four centimetres of legroom compared with Economy Class, whilst European Business Class passengers enjoy an extra eight centimetres in pitch.

Fokker Services, headquartered in Hoofddorp in The Netherlands partnered with Acro Ltd. to develop this new seat concept for the regional aircraft market. The Acro Ultra seats fulfill the specific requirements needed to comply with the demanding seat market, including short lead times, increased leg room, a reduction of maintenance costs and a significant weight saving of 83kg per aircraft. Cameron Allan, Director of Programme Management, Acro Aircraft Seating comments: “KLC has made a clear choice in Acro seats and we are proud to be manufacturing seats for one of the largest and most efficient European regional carriers. Our seats enable KLC to launch a new concept and offer enhanced comfort to its passengers whilst reducing maintenance costs and crucially, overall weight, which helps the airline reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.”

Based in Redhill, Surrey, 20-year old established Acro believes that good design comes from the application of common sense, engineering rigour and practical experience of the service environment. The company designs, certifies and manufactures lightweight, robust and comfortable economy seats for regionals, legacy, low cost and traditional carriers. ACRO’s seat portfolio satisfies a wide range of aircraft types and different cabin class options and has the capability to produce 1,000 seats a month. Acro seating is flying with some 20 airlines with recent installations on Mango, KLM City Hopper, Mango and Aer Arann. Jet2.com (the launch customer in 2008) now has more than 50 aircraft with Acro seats.

United Kingdom | August 19, 2013– UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has secured a contract to manufacture and install its Ultra R seats aboard Mango Airlines entire fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The deal which includes six shipsets and equates to 1116 economy class seats, marks the first major African client for the Redhill, Surrey-based manufacturer. Distinguished by an ultra-light weight and slim seatback design, the UItra R seats on the first newly re-fitted Boeing 737-800 entered service last week with the second aircraft to follow on August 31st. Acro Aircraft Seating is currently in negotiations with Mango Airlines for an additional two shipsets due for completion in 2014.

According to Mango Airlines, South Africa’s state-run low cost airline based in Johannesburg, it selected Acro’s Ultra R seat as it offered the most passenger space, comfort and weight savings of all those it tested. Crucially, the weight savings of approximately 800kg per aircraft will help the airline improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and realise significant cost savings to the extent that the new Ultra R seats will literally pay for themselves. The seats feature attractive E-Leather upholstery and a modular seatback with a generous recline of more than four inches.

Doug Hacking, Commercial Director, Acro Aircraft Seating comments: “Fuel efficiency along with passenger comfort were the key drivers in Mango’s decision to select the Ultra R seat. Passengers will certainly notice the difference – its lightweight and slim design of the seatback offers outstanding comfort and more shin and legroom space. The Ultra R seat proves that comfortable travel with more space in economy class is possible.”

20-year old established Acro believes that good design comes from the application of common sense, engineering rigour and practical experience of the service environment. The company designs, certifies and manufactures lightweight, robust and comfortable economy seats for regionals, legacy, low cost and traditional carriers including Royal Air Maroc, Thomas Cook Airlines, Jet2.com and Aer Arann. Acro’s seat portfolio satisfies a wide range of aircraft types and different cabin class options and has the capability to produce 1,000 seats a month.