16 MARCH 2015
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It may seem a very simple innovation and now available on most long haul flights. Air Berlin is to introduce the new Recaro BL3520 seat which includes USB ports for plugging in smartphones and tablets for charging when airborne on its European routes.
The seat was unveiled at ITB with a member of the media thrilled with the news. “Battery life of my devices is very poor. Hopefully this will catch on and I will not be stuck with a flat battery as I get off the plane."
Stefan Pichler, CEO of Air Berlin, describing some of the advantages of the Recaro BL3520, said: “Our passengers will now be able to enjoy considerably greater comfort, with three additional centimetres of legroom. The seat is ergonomically designed and the perforated leather ensures optimum air circulation.
“The new USB-equipped seats are an important element in expanding our Internet-capable fleet. Within three years, we want all airberlin aircraft to be outfitted with wi-fi – making us the first German airline to offer the internet on German and European routes. The seats are also 1.5kg lighter than the current model, having a positive effect on life cycle assessment and fuel use.”
The first three Airbus A321s have already been outfitted with the seat and 20 more are due this year. www.airberlin.com
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