One of the interesting innovations on show during Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this week has been from UK design firm Blue Sky, which has been developing an economy seat concept designed to enable airlines to alter the number of economy to premium economy seats without having to change seat pitch. Its Stella seat system can be adjusted to offer 6 inches more legroom and moves the passenger 3 inches closer to the floor, creating up to 40% recline to make it more comfortable to sleep on longer flights.
"The USP is our cabin layout management system," explains Blue Sky director Dominic Robinson. "You can manage the layout of the cabin by changing the seat pitch. It is designed as business tool to leverage passenger yield."
It has been working with Crane to use its new actuator system and has teamed with UK interiors specialist AIM to manufacturer the seats.