August 27, 2013
Acro Aircraft Seating to equip KLM Cityhopper’s entire Fokker 70 fleet
UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has announced that KLM Cityhopper (KLC) and Fokker Services have signed a contract to replace the seats on the airline’s entire Fokker 70 fleet with its new Acro Ultra seats. Distinguished by its light weight and slim design of the seatback, this is the first time that KLC has ordered this particular model. The order marks an important win for Acro which includes 26 shipsets and seating for a total of 2080 passengers. Installation is already completed for the first four shipsets and completion of the order is anticipated in October, ahead of the 2013 winter schedule. KLC selected the Acro seats in order to introduce a new Economy Comfort-zone Class on its Fokker 70 fleet, similar to its Boeing fleet in Europe. By installing the new seats, a reconfiguration of the front section of the aircraft has been made possible. Consequently, KLC passengers can then (winter 2013/2014) enjoy an extra four centimetres of legroom compared with Economy Class, whilst European Business Class passengers enjoy an extra eight centimetres in pitch.