Posted on: 28 June 2018 by Kimberley Young
Low-fare long-haul airline, Norwegian, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with an upgraded cabin of new slimline seats, specifically designed for greater comfort on longer routes.
A year on from launching nonstop transatlantic flights to smaller cities on the US East Coast, Norwegian has introduced the new RECARO 3710C seat on its Boeing 737 MAX.
The slimmer 189 leather seats have 30″ seat pitch and measures 16.8″ wide and are designed to add space at knee-level.
Each seat weighs around 10kg-1kg less than the older model, which reduces the weight of the aircraft by more than 200kg overall. The airline says the lower aircraft weight reduces fuel burn and Norwegian’s operating costs.
“More than 370,000 customers have flown Norwegian between the UK & Ireland and the US East Coast and now thousands more passengers can fly in slimmer seats that provide more space for the longer flights,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer.
He continued: “The Boeing 737 MAX’s versatility can provide passengers with lower fares on direct transatlantic routes and shorter flights as we plan to replace older aircraft as we maintain a young, modern and fuel-efficient fleet.”
Norwegian was the European launch customer for the Boeing 737 MAX in 2017 and has commenced operating its newest Boeing 737 MAX featuring the new RECARO seat from May 2018. The airline will retrofit the existing fleet of six Boeing 737 MAX aircraft delivered last year.
“We are delighted and proud, that Norwegian is the first customer for our new BL3710 seat. The seat embodies RECARO’s high quality standards and design principles, while setting all new standards in economy class. With an ideal balance between lightweight design and comfort, RECARO supports the airline to offer their passengers enhanced living space and outstanding comfort,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and shareholder of RECARO Aircraft Seating.