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INTERIORS: Geven's 'Sofa' bed set to fly with SAA

For a lie-down bet on an economy class budget, Italian seats specialiast Geven has an answer in its Piuma Sofa – a row of four that converts to a bed.

The secret is in the headrests, which clip off the seat backs and onto the front of the cushions to form a couch big enough for two adults. An attractive sales option is to for a family to take the full row and convert two or three of the positions, for small children to sleep comfortably.

A version on show at this week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo is a prototype in launch customer South African Airways colours; line-fit-ready versions will be delivered to Airbus in October.

Marketing and sales manager Trevor Lambert says that because it doesn’t rely on an extending footrest the concept doesn’t interfere with legroom or under-seat storage, and keeps the part count low – compared to the standard Piuma seat, the Sofa’s weight penalty is less than 2kg.

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