UK seating manufacturer Mirus is bringing its latest lightweight economy seat to AIX, weeks after securing Civil Aviation Authority certification.

The Kestrel was unveiled at the first post-pandemic event in 2022, and Mirus says it will be announcing a launch customer “soon”.


Source: Mirus

Mirus has not yet announced a launch customer for the product

The Norfolk-based company says it has been fine-tuning the design since that first appearance, bringing its weight down to 6.9kg, and claims the product is the “undisputed sustainable choice for airlines looking to reduce fuel burn and maintenance while enhancing passenger experience and cabin appearance”.

Mirus adds that its on-site dynamic test laboratory, opened last year, contributed to the “efficient certification process” by cutting the lead times associated with having to commission outside testing. The company claims the M-TEST facility, which it offers to third parties, is the country’s largest “commercially available” such centre – Northern Ireland-based premium-seat specialist Thompson also opened its dynamic test laboratory in 2023.

Mirus is one of the newest names in economy seats, having set up in 2017 on the promise of a launch order from AirAsia for up to 100,000 of its original Hawk seat for line fits and retrofits on the Malaysian carrier’s existing and on-order Airbus A320s and A330s.