Embraer works to make 'slim seats' standard for new E-Jets

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Embraer plans to offer new "slim seats" as standard across its E-Jets family within the next two years.

The project is part of a list of improvements planned for the E-170/175 and E-190/195, the Brazilian airframer confirms.

A new generation seat, developed by C&D under Embraer specification, the slim seat improves the passenger living space - specifically the knee distance to the front seat back - by as much as 2in compared to the current E-Jets elite seat, says Embraer market intelligence vice-president Luiz Sergio Chiessi.

"Such slim seats can be used by airlines to either increase passenger comfort or achieve better economics by increasing onboard seating capacity maintaining the current comfort level," he adds.

During the Farnborough air show in July, Austrian budget carrier Niki ordered five E-190s. At that time, the carrier revealed it would eventually fly the airliners with 112 slim seats, but would initially have to accept a 104-seat configuration pending certification of the new slim seats.