Porter Airlines has unveiled the World’s Lightest Aircraft Seat. The airline has announced that it has completed the modernization of its De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft fleet with a series of updates ahead of its return to flying on 8th September 2021.
Porter Airlines presently has 29 Dash-8 aircraft in its fleet. All of them now feature the new TiSeat E2 from Expliseat, the world’s lightest aircraft seat, along with a number of other cabin enhancements.
The seats use a combination of composite and titanium materials, making them approximately 50% lighter than the previous seats and reducing aircraft weight by approximately 1,000 lbs. This reduces approximate annual fuel consumption by 500,000 litres and corresponding CO2 emissions by 1,200 metric tons.
Other aircraft upgrades include new carpeting, lavatory enhancements, new sideboards and updated LED lighting on all aircraft. The carrier states that the majority of the fleet will also have received fresh exterior paint by October.
Kevin Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Porter Airlines, said:
The TiSeat E2 combines comfort and performance with an enhanced cabin environment. Passengers have come to expect a refined travel experience when they fly with us and our refreshed, clean, modern cabin will enhance their journey when we return to the skies on Sept. 8.
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Porter uses a 78-seat configuration with a standard 30-inch seat pitch on its Dash 8-400s. The slim design of the new seats enhances overall legroom, states Porter Airlines.
Benjamin Saada, CEO, Expliseat, said:
Expliseat is delighted to expand its leading-edge technology solution into North America with Canada’s top-rated regional airline by Skytrax. These are very exciting times for us!
Meanwhile, Porter Airlines recently revealed plans to buy up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft for expansion in the North America. The airline has also mandated COVID-19 testing or vaccination for all of its employees.
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