Lantal will supply Lufthansa with the weight-saving, maintenance-free Pneumatic Comfort System; it was jointly refined and customized for a new level of passenger comfort and delivers tangible operating benefits. With several thousand PAX in volume to be installed over the next years, this is the so far largest award for Lantal’s PCS. The new business class seat structures will be supplied by B/E Aero-space. The Lufthansa long-haul fleet consists of over 100 aircraft, and initial deliveries of the first jets outfitted with the PCS seats are scheduled for the first half of 2012.
Meeting the challenge
The challenge for Lantal’s PCS put forward in Lufthansa’s specification was two-fold:
Deliver the highest passenger comfort in seating, relaxing and sleeping on the full flat bed, and provide a technical systems solution which will yield substantial opera-tional benefits through lower weight, less maintenance, and a much longer life than foam cushions with no compromise in terms of performance.
The second requirement was met with Lantal’s low weight PCS components de-signed for ultra-long maintenance-free service, with a fast positive return on invest-ment. The ergonomic and comfort approaches were evaluated in a series of work-shops on early mock-up seats, prototypes and in-flight trials with enthusiastic pas-senger feedback. “The result of these cross-functional team sessions is a landmark in aircraft seating and sleeping comfort, enhanced by a one-button lumbar support”, says Roland von Ballmoos, Vice-President Pneumatic Systems.
Passengers of Swiss International Airlines have enjoyed this revolutionary tech-nology in their business and first class seats of its long-haul A330-300 and A340 fleet for almost three years. Brussels Airlines and four additional carriers also select-ed the PCS for their new long-haul business class seats provided by Thompson Aero Seating.
For further information please contact:
Dr. Roland von Ballmoos, Vice President Pneumatic Systems
+41 79 410 15 15, firstname.lastname@example.org
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