Posted on: 10 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Having posted record year-on-year profit growth in July, Lithuanian carrier Small Planet Airlines has announced plans for the company’s largest investment in fleet renewal.
Based on the new concept of the salon, EUR 6 million will be spent renewing all of its 16 Airbus A320 aircraft ahead of next year’s summer holiday season.
According to Vytautas Kaikaris, CEO of Small Planet Airlines, the investment will go directly towards improving the passenger comfort, including the order of 3,000 brand new Recaro seats.“A multiple award winner for its seat quality and design, Recaro is undoubtedly in the top three of the best aircraft seat manufacturers in the world. Therefore, we are rest assured that the ergonomic properties of our new leather seats will be highly appreciated by our passengers. An added benefit is the increased private space, courtesy of the significantly slimmer seatbacks. These seats are extremely durable and almost twice as light as the existing ones – a lesser weight of seats translates into a lighter aircraft which, in turn, translates into reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions," commented Kaikaris.
Other modifications will include new LED lighting, which can be specifically adapted for distinct phases of a flight. Uniform light will produce no blinding effect, so passengers on-board should not experience eye tiredness for significantly long periods of time. In addition, an internal wireless network will enable all passengers to use their mobile devices for extra entertainment on-board.
"Last year’s success has allowed us to take another challenge – managing our growth. We are planning to invest in professional development, new technologies and IT systems. In 2015, we will have increased our fleet to 18 aircraft and grown our operations in the UK and Poland," added Kaikaris.