SIMULA SUBSIDIARY Airline Interiors has secured a launch customer for its 16G airline seats. California-based start-up carrier Trans-Orient Express has signed a letter of intent to install the seats in Boeing 747-200s to be used on services between Los Angeles and Vietnam, beginning in late 1995. Initial deliveries are worth $1 million, Simula says.

The 16G seat is the first to be developed by San Diego-based Airline Interiors, which overhauls and repairs commercial-aircraft seats and manufactures in-flight entertainment consoles. Other customers include In-Flight Phone, Matsushita Avionics and Continental and Hawaiian Airlines.

Tempe, Arizona-based Simula says that the agreement with Trans-Orient, potentially worth $15 million, establishes its subsidiary as a manufacturer of commercial-aircraft seats.

Simula Government Products has won a $1 million contract from Boeing Space & Defense to produce crashworthy seats for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor.

Source: Flight International