18 AUGUST 2014
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Fitting-out has begun on 95 British Airways A320 series aircraft with new slimmer charcoal grey leather seats designed to enable the addition of extra capacity in the Euro Traveller (Economy) cabin. Each aircraft takes around three days at BA’s Gatwick engineering base.
The innovative design maximises personal space and comfort, with chair backs devised to provide more knee space for the customer behind. Passengers can also make use of an eye-level seatback tablet-holder, which also provide storage for magazines. A four way moveable headrest provides comfort and support. The seat back table moves in and out to provide optimum positioning. Reviews to date seem positive.
The new Club Europe will maintain its 2:2 configuration with the middle seat free. In between is a stylish new central console, providing Club customers with more space. This extra table provides inlaid leather mats for drinks, snacks and personal devices.
The new seats are manufactured by B/E Aerospace in Kilkeel (Northern Ireland), the leather for the seat covers and pads on the ‘central console’ is supplied by Andrew Muirhead & Son Ltd in Glasgow and the decorative stitching in Club Europe has been developed by Prototrim, a car seat design and dressing specialist based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. See also BA pre-flight meal booking www.ba.com
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