The Recaro Aircraft Seating (CL6720) business class seat took its first flight in Air China’s A350 cabin on the route from Beijing to Chengdu on January 20, this year. In addition to the CL6720 seat, Air China also selected the Recaro PL3530 and CL3710 for the A350’s premium economy and economy cabins, respectively.
Described as a “minisuite in the sky” the business class, lie-flat seat was first unveiled in 2020 and was built to enhance the travel experience with additional privacy features and premier living space. With the lightweight structure, combined with the efficient seat configuration, the CL6720 can save airlines thousands in fuel costs and help reduce their carbon footprint.
The Air China customised seat features include a Chinese-style lamp in each suite, upper stowage with a uniquely-crafted drawer, specially-made privacy dividers, and an Air China customised inner soft-touch back-shell.
“The new CL6720 entering into service for the first time in Asia is a special moment for Recaro,” said Dr Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “We enjoyed close collaboration with Air China on this program, and it resulted in a unique seating product that will be appreciated by so many travellers. Although we take great pride in the hard work that goes into our seat designs, we always remember that it is the passengers who drive our innovations forward.”
Air China worked together to carry out a significant comfort enhancement and functional optimization plans, incorporating feedback from both design teams.
Originally established in 1988, Air China is headquartered in Beijing. Today, the award-winning airline has a fleet of 750 aircraft that fly passengers to 150 cities in 25 countries.
Recaro Aircraft Seating is a global supplier of premium aircraft seats for airlines and OEMs. Headquartered in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, it employs 2,100 people worldwide across its sites in China, Poland, South Africa and the United States, and earned 260 million euros in revenue in 2021.