By Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Avianca Reveals Its New Premium, Plus and Economy Seats
During the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2021, an event organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association in Bogotá, Avianca presented the three new seats: Premium, Plus and Economy, designed by Recaro Aircraft Seating (Recaro), and which will soon be available in the airline’s reconfigured fleet.
In a press release, the Colombian airline announced the new seats that Avianca’s short and medium-range aircraft will have:
Premium: a model that Recaro developed exclusively for Avianca and that will be available for the first three rows of the aircraft. It is the widest seat for those who prefer to travel in greater comfort. Its design will feature a center console with individual compartments, plug, USB port and recline.
Plus: available for those who prefer to be closer to the door when overflowing. Between rows 4 to 14, the design of this seat is light and comfortable, it has an independent headrest with 6 movements for greater rest, independent support for personal electronic devices, USB ports and recline.
Economy: with a simpler layout of rows 15 to 32, the customer will have access to a better price, which will allow them to purchase other additional services and adapt their travel experience. This chair features a pre-recline, a personal electronic device holder built into the table, and USB ports.
The new aircraft interior design also includes Airbus’ SpaceFlex, a module that optimizes space at the rear of the aircraft, combining galleys and restrooms, and which allows Avianca to increase seating capacity. According to the Colombian carrier, more than 100 Avianca experts have been working for more than a year on the redesign project, which has had the participation of great strategic allies.
Among these allies are Recaro, who is manufacturing all the new seats, one of them exclusive for Avianca, and Airbus, with whom they are making much more use of the space behind the planes thanks to SpaceFlex and who have directly accompanied the reconfiguration process. The design of the seats, defined by Recaro, reduces the weight per passenger by more than 30% in each plane and also decreases on average more than 13% in CO2 emissions for each passenger transported.
In the coming days, passengers will begin to see Plus and Economy seats on flights within Colombia. Avianca estimates that the first aircraft with the complete design will be ready during the second quarter of 2022 and that the total and final configuration of the A320 fleet will be completed by the end of 2022.
The Colombian carrier also confirmed that the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, intended for long-range flights In America and Europe, will retain the traditional executive cabin and will redesign the rest of the aircraft by adding next-generation seats and, as it is a moment of transition, customers will find aircraft that look different on the inside.