May 22, 2024

Recaro’s light-weight seat takes flight

The SL3710 seat from Recaro took flight on JetSMART’s A321neo for the first time this week. The seat is featured on the airline’s new Airbus aircraft for short haul with 240 passengers now offered the Recaro economy seats.

In total, 11,000 SL3710 seats will be installed on JetSMART’s Airbus aircraft over the next five years. This order is a part of the larger Indigo Partners deal that was announced in 2020.

The modular SL3710 economy class seat weighs approximately eight kilograms, which minimises operational costs for the aircraft. It was developed specifically for short-haul flights, with a slim, ergonomic design.

Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSMART, said: “We worked closely with RECARO to develop a sustainable seat which saves fuel and reduces emissions, by being ultralight and using recycled leather. This new technology allows us to add another key component to our ultra-low-cost model and delivers a comfortable experience to our passengers.”

Chile-based JetSMART was initially a domestic airline but has expanded into the South American market since its founding in 2017 and now flies 43 routes to 25 destinations in six countries across the continent.