22 APRIL 2013
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Making a debut at the recent Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo was an interesting cabin seat design by Italian manufacturer Optimares. It has been originated by the British company Factorydesign with the name Sabre Economy attached.
Factorydesign has produced the British Airways’ World Traveller Plus seat and helped with the interior design of Emirates A380.
The Sabre seat features a carbon-fibre semi-fixed back shell, with only the headrest portion of the seat moving back in the reclining position. The seat pan and lumbar area, meanwhile, moves forwards and gently down which “offers the passenger higher than typical recline angles, while shin clearance remains constant, inviting the passenger to stretch their legs underneath the seat in front”.
The seat has been created “to allow the passenger to enjoy a constant personal space throughout the flight, regardless of the reclining position of the passenger in front”.
The only movement visible to the passenger behind, according to Factorydesign, is a slight movement of the monitor, which won’t affect the visibility of the screen. It says the new seat “removes the claustrophobic effect of previous generations of fixed-back seats”. www.factorydesign.co.uk
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