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Article from BTNews 8 DECEMBER 2014

KLM’s new seats

The first of more than 6,000 Recaro CL3710 seats ordered by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has successfully got airborne not by itself we must add, but in a brand new Boeing 777-300.  The airline has ordered the seats for the new fleet in the Economy Class and Economy Comfort cabins with its 35-inch seat pitch.  In addition 15 Boeing 777-200s already in service will be retrofitted.

As part of the product development, 18 patent applications were filed.  One of the new features is the unique, ergonomic, six-way adjustable headrest with an extremely wide height adjustment range to easily accommodate passengers of different heights.  It also provides optimized neck support that can be tipped horizontally.

The gain in space for passengers is particularly impressive. The CL3710 offers maximum knee and legroom.  The armrests on the centre seat can be folded up so that they are flush with the backrest, even if the backrest has been put into the reclined position. The modularity of the seat is another convincing feature.  Thanks to standardized interfaces, the seat can be optimally adjusted to suit customer requirements.  With less than 12kgs, the Recaro CL3710 is the lightest product in its class.  By retrofitting the aircraft with this seat, weight savings of up to 1,000kgs per aircraft can be achieved – in this way the CL3710 contributes significantly to the sustainability and efficiency of an airline.   www.klm.com   www.recaro-as.com

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