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Qantas wins design award for A380 economy seat

1st June 2009 - 11:13 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Qantas has won the 2009 Australian International Design Award of the Year for its A380 economy seat, designed by the company's creative director, Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro Aircraft Seating.

Lesley Grant, the carrier's executive manager, customer and marketing, commented, "This award is testament to the hard work invested in the design of the A380 over the past five years. We set out to create stylish and comfortable interiors for the A380 fleet and reinvent our international flying experience.

“The design and manufacture of an all-new economy seat, offering passengers enhanced levels of comfort during long-haul travel, was a key focus of the Qantas A380 design project and we are honoured to be recognised for it," she added.

Stephanie Watson, programme director of the Australian International Design Awards said the Qantas A380 seat won the award for its innovative, functional and intelligent design. “Our judging panel were highly impressed with the revolutionary design of the seat, the use of lightweight materials, the ergonomics and use of space, particularly in the seat recline and footrest,” said Watson.

Qantas A380s are configured with 332 economy seats, 32 premium economy seats, 72 fully-flat Skybed sleeper seats and 14 luxurious and spacious first-class suites.

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