Posted on: 09 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
airberlin has revealed that it is refreshing the seating on its short- and medium-haul flights to include in-seat USB ports with Recaro’s (Recaro Aircraft Seating) new BL3520 model, unveiled at the International Travel Trade Show (ITB) in Berlin.
“The new USB-equipped seats are an important element in expanding our internet-capable fleet,” commented Stefan Pichler, airberlin’s CEO. “Within three years, we want all airberlin aircraft to be outfitted with in-flight Wi-Fi, making us the first German airline to offer the internet on German and European routes.
Passengers will also benefit from three extra inches of legroom, whilst airlines will save on fuel consumption with the weight of the BL3520 coming in at 1.5KG lighter than the current model. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro, remarked, “This has proven to be a fruitful collaboration.” airberlin and Recaro have been working together since 1979.
airberlin’s first three Airbus A321s have already been outfitted with the Recaro BL3520, with another 20 aircraft due to be completed by the end of the year.