Jetstar’s Pinnacle seat retrofit good news for passengers

ANA 772 seat.JPGJetstar passengers will be sure to notice a cabin retrofit the carrier will begin later this year.

The carrier plans to retrofit half of its A320 fleet with B/E Aerospace’s Pinnacle seat, as we reported earlier today. The Pinnacle seat has relocated the “literature pocket” (where the in-flight magazine, safety card, and air sickness bag are typically stored) to the top of the seat, freeing up more leg room. All Nippon Airways features a similar type of seat (left).

Moving the literature pocket up “allows for the provision of a removable in-flight entertainment bracket which will hold our planned IFE system (iPad)”, a spokeswoman says. See the end of this post for a video demonstration of how passengers will easily be able to view content on their iPad IFE.

The retrofit will be applied to half of the carrier’s A320 fleet, all 6 of its A321 aircraft, and all future narrow-body deliveries. The retrofit will see the A320 fleet have a standardized configuration of 180 seats (three more seats than on some aircraft) while the A321 fleet will have six additional seats installed, bringing its total capacity to 220 seats. For all the details, see here.

Update: here is a video of the Pinnacle seat and iPad bracket that my colleague Mary Kirby filmed at the Hamburg Interiors show.

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