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New, lightweight Acro seats for Jet2.com

24th March 2009 - 16:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Jet2.com is the launch customer for Acro’s new low cost seat ‘Clark’ with the first of eight of the airline’s Boeing 757s currently being fitted, with the fleet completion in the summer.

At 31kg (68lbs) per triple, Acro claims it is the lightest seat in its class. The seat is 16g certified and is designed to give greater legroom than traditional designs. Acro says it is also "easier and quicker to clean for fast turnarounds and more robust than any other economy seat in the market today".

Aimed squarely at low-fare airlines, Clark is "comfortable, robust and dramatically cheaper to own than comparable seats". According to Acro, every aspect of the seat’s design has been considered with the low-fare carriers in mind. Its modular construction allows any part of the seat to be replaced with an Allen key in less than 2 minutes.

Philip Meeson, chairman and CEO of Jet2.com remarked, “We’re hugely pleased with these newly-designed seats and delighted to be the launch customer, but it is our passengers who will ultimately benefit. The seats really do deliver extra legroom and comfort, which will enhance our passengers’ travelling experience, plus they look smart, which improves the cabin design. In addition, they are tough and hard-wearing, important for durability purposes, and will help keep our maintenance costs at rock bottom – an absolute must for us as a business.”

Acro and Jet2.com have been collaborating on the development of the seat since 2006, culminating in an advanced prototype that the airline used for inflight comfort and usability trials during January 2008.

Chris Brady, commercial director of Acro commented, “Jet2.com has been the perfect partner for us; they’ve helped us refine the seat into just what it needs to be; comfortable, stylish, but above all simple and easy to maintain. Jet2.com’s belief in our product and our company is a fantastic platform to launch Clark.”

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