Alaska Airlines’ new Recaro-designed seats will be installed on all Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. // © 2012 Alaska Airlines
In the coming year, Alaska Airlines will introduce an innovative main cabin seat that provides more legroom for air travelers. The seats, designed by Recaro, will be installed on all of Alaska Airlines’ 22 new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft scheduled for delivery in fall of this year through 2014.
“Recaro’s clever design includes a comfortable yet slimmer seatback and bottom and a literature pocket located above the tray table. That means our main cabin customers will enjoy more than an inch of extra legroom with our existing spacing between each row of seats,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “The new seats add to a very special onboard experience that all of our customers flying Alaska’s new 737-900ERs will enjoy, including Boeing’s Sky Interior — with its improved lighting and sculpted overhead bins that create a more spacious cabin — onboard Wi-Fi access, Starbucks coffee, premium Washington wines and delicious meals for purchase, as well as our renowned personal service.”
Alaska Airlines’ version of Recaro’s seat includes custom enhanced-comfort cushions, a six-way adjustable headrest and the carrier’s standard three inches of recline. The lighter seat will save an estimated 8,000 gallons of fuel annually per aircraft. Alaska’s first-class cabin on its 737-900ER aircraft will feature a different premium Recaro seat with five inches of recline, an articulating seat bottom and a six-way adjustable headrest.
The Germany-based manufacturer’s BL3520 seat model won Europe’s 2011 Crystal Cabin Award and the 2012 Red Dot design award.