Acro Aircraft Seating to supply Spirit Airlines of the USA with 30 shipsets of its Superlight seat.

Monday 13th January 2014

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UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has signed an agreement with leading US ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines to supply 30 shipsets of its Superlight seat. The deal which is worth an estimated £6M marks the company's second major US client and equates to 5000 economy class seats including retrofitting five Spirit Airlines' Airbus A319 aircraft this spring and installation on 25 new A321 and A320 deliveries from 2015.

Distinguished by their light weight, low part count and robust design, Acro's seats fulfill the specific requirements needed by commercial carriers like Spirit Airlines in order to comply with the demands of the airline seat market (which requires comfort, cost effectiveness, reliability and ease of maintenance). In addition to passenger comfort, Acro's seats offer a short lead time of only 16 weeks, increased leg room and a reduction of maintenance costs due to a robust, modular and easy-clean structure. In addition the seats provide significant weight saving over other manufactured seats helping operators reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. The weight saving benefit is highly appealing to Florida-based Spirit Airlines who aim to be one of the most environmentally friendly US carriers in operation.

Cameron Allan, Commercial Director at Acro, comments: "The US market is a major part of Acro's growth strategy and we're delighted to be further expanding our American presence by working in partnership with Spirit Airlines. We share a view that simplicity in our business brings lower costs and more straightforward experience to our customers and we are therefore a good fit."

This latest news follows a hugely successful 2013 for Acro with contract wins to supply 3000 seats to an undisclosed US carrier as well as to Braathens Regional for 13 Saab 340/2000 aircraft, South Africa's Mango Airlines for eight Boeing 737-800s and KLM Cityhopper for 26 Fokker F70s.

About Acro Aircraft Seating:

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, which it anticipates will increase to 2000 a month by 2015.  At the end of 2013 Acro had some 35,000 seats flying (a number it expects to double over the next eighteen months) following installations on Thomas Cook, Mango, KLM City Hopper, and Aer Arann. (the launch customer in 2008) now has more than 50 aircraft with Acro seats.

About Spirit Airlines:

Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offer-ing ultra-low base fares with a range of optional services, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs.  Spirit's modern fleet, configura-tion and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers.  Spirit's all-Airbus fleet operates approximately 250 daily flights to over 50 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean.

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