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AIX: Pitch gets a seat with Antonov

Pitch Aircraft Seating’s PF3000 seat is to be a linefit item on the Antonov 148/158 family – a breakthrough for the seat manufacturer.

“I believe this is the start of a long-term relationship between our two companies,” says Gary Doy, chief executive of Pitch Aircraft Seating. “Having seen the aircraft and the passion Antonov has for excellent design, we are very excited to join their team and see huge potential for the business over the coming years.”

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Doy says the PF3000 typically saves 5kg (11lb) per seat compared with the previous generation of seats. “We’re also able to offer a 28in pitch, which means the An-158 will be able to fitted with 102 seats.”

Oleksandr Donets, president of Antonov, says: “We have made a new step towards modernisation of the passenger regional jets of the AN-1X8 family, keeping a high level of comfort for passengers and improving the aircraft characteristics. The Pitch team has proved to be responsive to our requirements and shares our passion for making great products that will stand the test of time.”

The PF3000 uses moulded EPP foam, providing a full 3D form leading to greater comfort and support. The interlocking of the seatback and pan creates an energy-absorbing structure.

Alongside the deal with Antonov, Pitch has signed a contract with leasing company, SAAL, to retrofit the Antonov 158s of two different Latin American airlines. “This partnership allows us to modernise the interior of the Antonov 148/158 cabin for our clients in Latin America. The Pitch brand has a reputation for innovation and design with its highly durable efficient fixed back seat,” says Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes, president of the SAAL. “This retrofit will allow our lessees to operate the aircraft in a very efficient way given the attractive value for money and excellent five-year warranty on offer.”

Since Pitch began delivering to operators in 2014, it has placed almost 3,000 seats into the market.

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