Acro Aircraft Seating to equip Braathens Regional Saab 340 and 2000 fleet in joint cooperation with Saab.

Monday 21st October 2013

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Acro Aircraft Seating to equip Braathens Regional Saab 340 and 2000 fleet

in joint cooperation with Saab.

UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has announced that Braathens Regional, the Swedish wet lease and charter company, will be the first operator to fly with its newly modified seats in Saab 340 and 2000 aircraft.  Developed in cooperation with global defence and security company, Saab, Acro will supply 13 shipsets equating to approximately 630 seats for Braathen Regional's fleet. Acro adapted its seat design to accommodate the dimensions of the Saab 340/2000. Acro's newly modified seats will enter service with Braathens Regional in Q2 2014. Acro anticipates that a number of Saab operators will follow suit.

Distinguished by their light weight and slim design of the seatback, Acro's seats fulfill the specific requirements needed by Saab and companies such as Braathens Regional in order to comply with the demanding airline seat market. In addition to customer appeal, Acro's seats offer a short lead time of only 16 weeks, increased leg room, a reduction of maintenance costs due to a robust, modular and easy-clean structure and weight saving.

Cameron Allan, Director of Programme Management, Acro Aircraft Seating comments: "We are delighted that Braathens Regional has chosen to install Acro's seats on its entire 340/2000 fleet. We are equally proud to be manufacturing seats in cooperation with Saab. Crucially, our seats will help Saab take their fleet into the next 25 years offering enhanced comfort to its passengers whilst reducing maintenance costs and overall weight, which helps operators reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. It's positive news for both passengers and airlines."

Based in Redhill, Surrey, Acro believes that good design comes from the application of common sense, engineering rigour and practical experience of the service environment. The company designs, certifies and manufactures lightweight, robust and comfortable economy seats for regionals, legacy, low cost and traditional carriers. Acro's seat portfolio satisfies a wide range of aircraft types and different cabin class options and has the capability to produce 1,500 seats a month.  Acro seating is flying with some 20 airlines with recent installations on Mango, KLM City Hopper, Mango and Aer Arann. (the launch customer in 2008) now has more than 50 aircraft with Acro seats.

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