Breaking: Star Alliance selects common economy seat architecture

After years of studies, global airline alliance group the Star Alliance has selected a common economy class seat architecture that will be jointly procured and installed on some member airlines.

“Yes, we are over the finish line with regard this,” confirmed Star vice-president corporate office Christian Klick today at the Airline Business Alliances, Joint Ventures and Partnerships conference in Rome. “We will have the first purchases [from] three carriers for that baseline seat.”

“From the beginning, we always said that with the cabin product, the airline should keep its own identity,” said Klick, noting that while a baseline architecture has been selected, airlines will pick their own colors, cushions, IFE. But he notes that the move will result in a reduction in maintenance costs that comes from mass production.

More details will be released either today or tomorrow!

Flightglobal in March reported that Air China was among the Star members participating in a seat study. The airline set up a special aircraft seating simulation zone at Beijing Capital International airport for the research.

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