Geven’s ‘convertible’ economy class seat revealed

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Innovation is alive and well in the economy class seat manufacturing sector. Take Italian seat maker Geven, for instance. The firm this year started offering a ‘convertible’ slim seat.

Here’s how it works. A row of three economy class seats can be transformed into a business class (or premium economy class) solution by retracting the middle seat’s foldable armrests and converting its backrest into a centre table. Check out the specs below.

Slovenia’s Adria Airways is among the carriers to select this convertible seat for its Airbus A320 aircraft, but “many customers are asking about this,” Geven technical director Fabio Liccardo tells RWG.

Expect to see the seat on display at the forthcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

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3 Responses to Geven’s ‘convertible’ economy class seat revealed

  1. Nigel Healey April 13, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    Is this a new idea? Brirish Airways has used/is using something similar for many years

  2. Mary Kirby April 13, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    And Lufthansa too. What I should have stressed in the post is that this particular seat (just on offer this year) is part of the new wave (third generation) of ultra-slim seats coming to market. It can be employed in a high-density config, while giving the airline the flexibility to differentiate.

  3. Mike Glaire April 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm #


    We’ve seen a cut down version of this here in the UK from EasyJet.

    They put a cover over the arms of middle seat that provides a table for both the window and isle seat. I have seen them do this in the front of the plane, that in other airlines would be business class.

    Paying for priority boarding effectively gives you access to Business Class with a low cost carrier (provided they’re not full :-) ).

    Looks like a neat idea to me.