Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Molon Labe Seating, and BMW Groups’ Designworks teaming up to develop a Long-Range, high-comfort, Economy Seat
March 22, 2017 – Molon Labe has teamed up with BMW’s Designworks and Panasonic Avionics to create a whole new class of economy seat. This design has made the short-list of the Crystal Cabins Awards: the Oscars of the aircraft interiors industry.
In a world where airlines are pushed towards densification to increase revenues one seat manufacturer is trying to help the inevitable comfort crunch. Offering a method to increase revenues whilst also helping improve the passenger experience.
The S2 also called the Stagger Seat takes the ergonomic advantages of the unique Side-Slip Seat and translates it into a reclining, long-haul economy seat like no other.
By offsetting the middle seat vertically and for/aft the Stagger Seat offers more living space to all occupants. The arms, thighs and elbows of all passengers are no longer adjacent. Visually It is a small offset, but ergonomically it makes a huge difference in passenger comfort. The middle- seat is also 3 inches wider whilst the other seats maintain their standard width.
In addition to the staggered design the team at Designworks added delineated, sculpted armrests and a unique one-sided headrest and Panasonic then took advantage of the wider middle seat and added an immersive 18” monitor, the widest IFE screen available in economy class. The outer seats also benefit from a 16” monitor (larger than the standard 13.3” IFE commonly used in economy).
A conceptual model will be unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, 4-6th April 2017 in the Panasonic booth (4A10).
Courtesy : Panasonic avionics