Ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has announced plans to install new lightweight seats in its fleet of 156 Airbus aircraft currently on order. Weighing in at just 17 lbs., the Recaro SL3710 seats are 30 percent lighter than existing equipment, helping the airline reduce its environmental footprint.
According to the carrier, the seats also offer extra comfort, with redesigned armrests and larger tray tables. The seats will be featured on the new Airbus A320neos which are scheduled to begin delivery in March 2021, with completion by mid-2027.
The seats are part of a deal between Recaro Aircraft Seating, part of Germany’s seat design and manufacturing company Recaro Group, and Indigo Partners, which owns a portfolio of airlines including Frontier.
“The lighter weight Recaro seats will result in tens of thousands of gallons of fuel savings on a single aircraft while improving comfort,” according to Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier. “Less fuel means reduced operating costs which translates to savings that we can pass on to consumers in the form of low fares.”