Posted on: 14 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Southwest Airlines has chosen seats from B/E Aerospace for its future Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX aircraft deliveries.
Through its collaboration with Boeing and B/E Aerospace, Southwest will be the first airline to roll out the new seats, beginning in mid-2016 when deliveries of new Boeing 737-800s start.
In 2011, Southwest Airlines became the launch customer for the 737 MAX family and is scheduled to receive its first delivery of the new model in 2017.
"The new aircraft seats are the widest economy seats available in the single-aisle 737 market, and offer a unique design that gives our customers what they asked for: more space," explained Bob Jordan, Southwest's executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. "Serving as the launch customer for this seat is just one of several upcoming milestones related to our bold, new look launched in September of last year, and is specifically aimed at enhancing our customer experience."
"The new, lighter seat allows us to continue to improve our fuel efficiency," said Mike Van de Ven, Southwest's executive vice-president and chief operating officer. "This seat selection is just one more reason we are enthusiastic about our fleet modernization plans."
The seats are the first element of the 737 MAX aircraft interior to be unveiled by Boeing and Southwest. The seat colour – a variant of Southwest's Bold Blue – has been chosen, and the seats will be upholstered with eLeather.