Thai picks Recaro to replace Koito for A380 seats #FARN10



I’m getting ready to head out the door to catch a flight this evening to London for the Farnborough air show ( #FARN10 on Twitter). Before I do, I just wanted to give you a heads up about an interesting new development in the continuing saga that is the Koito Industries debacle.

Thai Airways International’s board of directors has approved German firm Recaro Aircraft Seating as the supplier of economy-class seats for its six on-order Airbus A380 aircraft, replacing embattled Koito, which recently admitted to fabricating test data on as many as 150,000 aircraft in the world fleet.

“Recaro Aircraft Seating met the technical requirements and their proposal offered the most benefits to Thai,” says the airline.

The Koito mess has already had a significant impact on Thai, delaying the delivery of five Airbus A330-300s to the carrier.

As previously reported on RWG, Thai recently inked an LOI with ZIM Flugsitz, making the German firm the supplier of economy-class seats for the A330s under various stipulations. A key provision will see ZIM work in parallel with Koito, which has until 20 September to confirm its commitment to Thai.

If Koito cannot deliver the seats within the specified time frame, ZIM will deliver the seats to Thai within eight months of receiving the LOI. This comes with the condition that ZIM would also be supplier for Thai’s retrofit project of Boeing 747-400s (7th-12th aircraft).

Meanwhile, you can follow everything that Flightglobal is doing at Farnborough at our dedicated site www.flightglobal.com/air-shows/farnborough/

And off I trot…

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4 Responses to Thai picks Recaro to replace Koito for A380 seats #FARN10

  1. Jetcal1 July 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    As a former Recaro employee (QA inspector) I can attest to the overall quality of Recaro products.

    I also remember seeing Boeing data on supplier quality and Koito used get the best grades with a “as delivered” defect rate of about 00.25%. Too bad they couldn’t carry the quality in other departments.

  2. alloycowboy July 18, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Hey Marry,

    Any idea what this seat refit is going to cost Thai Airways? I can’t imagine it is going to be cheap.

  3. moniemobile July 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Being one of the airlines affected by this Koito issue and having already gone to Recaro for Y class seats I wish Thai all the luck.
    The issue that industry has is the loss of a major supplier is the flow on to all other suppliers which are under pressure and Recaro is no exception.
    Cost of a shipset of seat with NRE will be close to 1.5 million Euro…

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