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Etihad innovates its narrowbody fleet with Acro’s Series 6 seat

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Series 6 Economy Class seat

Acro Aircraft Seating is delighted to announce that is has been selected by Etihad Airways to supply its Series 6 Economy Class seat. The seats are to be retrofitted on twenty-three of the airline’s A320 and A321 aircraft and are expected to enter service in May 2019.

Series 6 is Acro’s next generation Economy Class seat which incorporates the company’s innovative Extra-spatial design. The fully composite seatback curve provides unparalleled levels of living space at the passenger’s knee level and enhances passenger comfort.

Acro has been working closely with Etihad to develop a customised version of Series 6 that includes a PED holder, upper and lower literature pockets, fast charging USB provisioning, headrest, bespoke fabric seat covers and backrest cushions.

- Chris Leese-Wood, Acro’s CEO said

“Acro is proud to have our seat selected by Etihad, an airline which is renowned for its cabin innovation and world-class cabin products. The collaboration is a good fit as Acro is a pioneer in the field of aircraft seat design and manufacturing and our Series 6 seat delivers the best seat in its class for Etihad.”

- Alan McInnes, Acro’s SVP Sales, adds

“Etihad came to Acro with an exacting brief which challenged us to come up with a range of bespoke features and the result is a seat which provides a variety of functionality that will enhance the passenger experience. For example, the seat has been cleverly designed around the passenger’s digital devices with the fast-charging USB ports and a PED holder which adjusts to hold a phone or tablet devices. Furthermore, the seats feel significantly more spacious due to the unique curved seat back design that Acro’s seats are renowned for.”

Another unique seat design that will prove popular with passengers is a centre seat that delivers more living space for passengers as it is an inch wider than the window and aisle seats.

Etihad is progressively upgrading its narrow-body fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with the Series 6 seats and plan to operate the aircraft on short-haul regional services, and further afield to gateways within five hours of flight from Abu Dhabi.