Current seats on aircraft are designed to remain in a sitting position, preventing from comfortably falling asleep. Flights longer than 6 hours are usually overlapping with night times and causing jet lag. Hence sleeping is key for passenger comfort. All transcontinental or transoceanic flights encounter that situation.
Here is the innovation.
The front part of the cushion’s passenger is seated on slides down. A leg and a feet holder extend below the seat in front. The passenger seat is then offering an almost flat position for a comfortable sleep, while distance and pitch between the seat rows remains unchanged.
Production of full new Lseat’s is ongoing, engineering and certification are in progress. New Lseats will target new aircraft market and airliners looking to upgrade and refresh their interior/cabin. Lseat is not only cost effective but also a great way to generate additional revenue.
A retrofit kit converts existing seats into Lseat, developed on demand and tailored for aircraft in service. The kit will be engineered for any type of commercial aircraft. Installation won’t need any additional AOG time. Retrofit conversion allows airlines to offer much higher comfort than the competition and to increase their seat price by a mark-up (estimated at minimum 10% of the flight rate). Airline investment pay back is as low as 12 weeks.
In most airlines, Economy class scores the lowest in profitability compared to First, Business or Economy Premium/Plus class. Nevertheless, while Lseat leaves the pitch/room usage unchanged, all these classes need more room for a lower passenger density (# of passengers vs. square meters). Economy class has the largest number of passenger and highest density but the lowest revenue per passenger. Lseat proposes a sleep mode for a small mark-up on Eco fare with high passenger volume. And will convert the Economy class into the most profitable class for the airline. In the post Covid 19 situation, with fewer passengers, profitability in Eco class is even more critical.
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