United Airlines is planning to install new business class seats on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. A renowned aviation journalist recently revealed the layout of passenger accommodation or LOPA on the Boeing aircraft in the latest update. The report indicated that the airline has hired the services of a new supplier to debut new business class seats.
A spokesperson has however not yet commented on the new development. The report has though said that it is highly likely that the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see the installation of Recaro’s ComfortLine CL6710 business class seats, which were being reportedly displaced by the seatmaker during Aircraft Interiors Expo held in 2015.
If this becomes true then United Airlines would become the launch customer for Recaro’s ComfortLine CL6710 business class seats. This will be also the first ever business class win for the renowned seatmaker Recaro. The aircraft interiors market is already having strong competitors such as B/E Aerospace and Zodiac. According to the reports, the two companies have been dogged by seat production issues and certification delays. With United Airlines being a most likely launch customer, Recaro will itself in good stead.
Moreover, if Recaro finally succeeds in supplying state-of-the-art business class seats then B/E Aerospace would be surely be at a great loss because the Continental Airlines and United Airlines have been longtime customers of the company. Most of the aircrafts in United Airlines fleet, including Boeing 757s and Boeing 787s, and now defunct Continental Airlines’ Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 fleets, boast of fully-flat Diamond business class seats by B/E Aerospace.
Both United Airlines and Recaro are so far tightlipped over the issue. According to the reports, the ComfortLine CL6710 business class seats are styled such that a mixture of both staggered and somewhat herringboned can be seen. Apart from this, United Airlines is yet to make clear whether it also wants app-based seat control options and wireless charging which were also then demonstrated by the seatmaker.