Will Ergonomic Innovations Help Aircraft Seat Manufacturers Address the Ever-growing ‘Shrinking Space’ Concerns?

The aircraft seat is one such component that is guided by a set of stringent regulations by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) focusing on the safety aspects of an aircraft seat. Moreover, it has been witnessing significant innovations to make for a comfortable flying time for passengers including new seatbelts featuring sensors by Aircraft Cabin Modifications (ACM), adjustable seat pans called Omiseat by Aeroworks, among others. The shrinking aircraft seat still remains a longstanding concern among passengers and other advocacy groups that foresee it as an evacuation hazard. The FAA, however, has recently dashed such claims, with no need for new standards.

Material and Design Innovations Fueling the Future of Aircraft Seat Market

Realizing the significance in the aircraft cabin interiors, the aircraft seat designers and airframe manufacturers are projected to increase their spending on aircraft seats, given the growing demand for improved comfort—using lightweight materials. The aircraft seat market is presently a hotbed of innovations, with key players in the global aircraft seat market exploring textiles, composites, and foam amongst other alternatives to develop more passenger aircraft seats—further enhancing the overall cabin experience.

For instance, ACME Mills recently joined hands with Quantum Materials using Quantum ZXT technology to develop an innovative aircraft seating solution—with an aim to provide enhanced comfort to passengers, eliminating the need for foam in aircraft seats, altogether. The innovation called the ‘Comfort Zone’ is a 100 percent polyester-based material that reduces weight by nearly 8 pounds per seats—an advantage that the aircraft cabin designers can capitalize on to add more seats.

Other than materials, stakeholders in the aircraft seat market are developing innovative aircraft seat designs—to improve long and short-haul routes. PriestmanGoode and Qatar Airways’ unique Quite business class boasts of its innovatively arranged four seats that can also be turned into a double bed. The PASSME consortium, on the other hand, has come up with an innovative aircraft seat structure that the seats together in the economy row, making more room in the aisle section—that would reduce congestion and speed up the boarding process.

Key Players in Aircraft Seat Market Likely to Focus on Strategic Collaborations and Product Portfolio Expansion

The aircraft seat market, primarily driven by increasing global passenger traffic, is dominated by a few top players including Geven, Recaro Group, LIFT by EnCore, Aviointeriors amongst others. Moreover, key companies in the aircraft seat market are increasingly engaging themselves in efforts to manufacture fuel-efficient aircraft with reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions—comprising of lightweight components including aircraft seats.

In the coming years, owing to a highly competitive market structure in the aircraft seat manufacturing landscape, key players are expected make significant investments in strategic collaborations with OEMs, aircraft seat manufacturers, suppliers, and other aerospace stakeholders. The aircraft seat manufacturers are also expected to leverage technological advancements to cater to the diverse needs of different airlines that maintain the focus on delivering superior flight experience. For instance, Aviointeriors and Geven’s business class seats boast of seat actuation systems, including electrical and mechanical seat actuators and other reclining technologies.

An ongoing analysis of the global aircraft seat market features exclusive and extensive insights on the aircraft seat market. It offers an elaborate market segmentation on the basis of aircraft type, class type, and fit-type. The insights, data and statistics, and forecast presented in the market research report have been arrived at after a careful analysis of the historic and current market developments, key market dynamics including the driver, trends, opportunities, and trends, and competitive market structure.

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