News agencies from around the world have published articles about the Koito seat scandal, including our own. But nobody has been able to come up with a definitive list of all the operators impacted by the Japanese firm's falsification of safety data on its seats, or of the equipment involved...until now.
Flightglobal's ACAS database shows that the list is longer than expected (43 operators versus the estimated 32 airlines announced by Japanese authorities earlier this week).
As you'll see below, some carriers are more exposed than others. Logically, Japanese carriers are affected, but so too is US major Continental Airlines, which has Koito seats fitted to its Boeing 737s, 757s, 767s and 777s!
If you're just joining us, please scroll down the entire RWG blog, which featured several posts on the Koito matter this week, including this morning's announcement that Airbus has issued on OIT about the situation to operators.
I've said it before, but I'll say it again - how many of these seats are also equipped with in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems? If new tests of Koito's products prove the company's seats are not up to snuff, the implications of this event could be far-reaching indeed.