ANA Unveils New Domestic Economy Class Carbon Fibre Seat

09 September 2005

ANA has developed its all new economy class carbon fibre seat for use on domestic flights.

The new seats will be introduced from early next month on ANA’s Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and thereafter rolled out across the entire fleet.

The new design increases passenger leg room by 5cm by cleverly changing the position of the magazine pocket from knee level to occupy space behind the tray table, which also makes magazines and safety information more easily accessible (see picture).

As well as being easy on the passenger, the new seat is easy on the natural environment. Its carbon fibre reinforced plastic frame makes it 5% lighter than the newest aluminium-frame seats currently in use on ANA’s fleet, meaning less fuel burn and fewer emissions, while maintaining strength and safety levels. In a typical configuration, an ANA 777-2000 aircraft equipped with the new seat will use 200 fewer barrels (40,000 litres) of fuel per year than current models. The seat cushion is also made of recyclable carbon fibre material.

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