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Moments T100: short-by haul Style innovation
The Style&Design studio has found that longhaul
business class seats with kinematics
systems can lead to passengers having
their head, back, buttocks and legs always
in contact with the same surfaces, creating
pressure points, and preventing muscle
activation and blood circulation. Their solution
is Moments, an active seating system that
enables free movement within the seated
environment, improving posture and
activating core muscles.
The broad, sofa-like design offers straight
and multiple angled positions for solo,
companion, lounge, work and sleep positions,
with a two-piece legrest that fills the space in
front to create a sofa-like space that enables
different postures. To reach the bed position
The Eclipse Cabin by HAECO Cabin
Solutions features an innovative
staggered seating arrangement created
to bring short-haul business class
travel more in line with long-haul
comfort standards while also improving
airline route economics, with up to a
14% increase in seat density achieved
within the same cabin space.
The Eclipse seat is at the heart
of the scheme, and HAECO has
commissioned UK-based composites
specialist, Rockwood to do the tooling
for the seat shells and consoles, which
include compound, moulded surfaces.
Rockwood will also provide ‘zero
production parts’, which are first of their
kind, and are used to validate that the
design meets its intended function
and can be manufactured in long run.
A particular engineering challenge
has been in creating the ability to
design a lightweight structure with
enough modularity which would
allow HAECO to contend with future
permutations of the product. Also, while
the shapes used in this class are not
new, the scale and industrial design are
a “first of a kind” for this cabin, and the
compounded surfaces have never been
used in this class
of service before.
Rockwood is producing
the modular seat surround, a
compression moulded metal design
which is bonded together, then finished
and coated. The surround attaches
to the back of the seat, as opposed to
being attached to the floor plinth, which
makes qualification less costly.
Customer deliveries will begin in Q1
2020 after the Eclipse Cabin achieves
FAA TSO certification. Indeed the launch
customer − an unnamed Middle Eastbased
airline − will begin flying the
seats in 2020, following a refit program.
Discussions with airframers to make
the Eclipse Cabin linefit-offerable are
ongoing. The Eclipse Cabin has already
achieved technical viability with Boeing,
and configurations for the B737 and
B787 are now available.
The Adagio high-density business class seat from
Aviointeriors can be fitted eight-abreast on a B777 or
B787 (2-4-2), or seven-abreast (2-3-2) on the A330,
with 100% direct aisle access. However, where it gets
really interesting is in an A320 cabin, where it offers
a seat pitch of 43in, a seat width of 23in, a bed length
of 76in, and an ottoman 23in wide and 15in high.
The weight of a base Adagio is 85kg, with comfort
options including memory foam cushions, a Relaxor
massage system, pneumatic lumbar support,
individual reading and mood lighting. Further
options include AC and USB sockets, a PCU, wireless
charging technology, and an IFE monitor up to 21in.
The lead time for orders is 12 to 18 months, depending
on trim and finish selections.
they need simply recline the lower backrest,
which creates a bed surface made up of flat,
joined mattresses rather than a seat surface
converted into a bed.
The simple design is available from a 44in
pitch, with weight minimised as Moments
uses simplified kinematics, with just simple
legrest deployments and a pivoting lower
backrest required to reach a comfy bed
position. This simplicity is claimed to
save weight by 20 to 25% compared with
conventional seats and also frees up space to
stow luggage in the space typically occupied
by the kinematics and associated actuators
and electronic boxes. A patent has been filed
for the design, and Style&Design does not
anticipate certification issues.
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