Cebu Pacific uses world’s lightest aircraft seat


BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC will soon start using the world’s lightest aircraft seat for its ATR 72-600 planes, seen as more fuel efficient and allows more passenger seats.

In a statement, the Gokongwei-led carrier said Expliseat’s titanium seat will be installed on all 16 aircraft of Cebu Pacific, two of which are already being used.

“The lighter seat is expected to help decrease fuel burn, while allowing the carriage of more guests and cargo on board,” the budget carrier said.

Cebu Pacific earlier placed an order for 16 high capacity aircraft ATR 72-600 units worth $673 million at the 2015 Paris Airshow, which also includes an option to acquire additional 10 more planes.

“With Expliseat’s ultralight seats, Cebu Pacific is able to provide comfortable seating to its guests while allowing for a more fuel-efficient operation which will lead to more affordable fares,” Cebgo President and CEO Alexander G. Lao was quoted as saying.

For its part, Benjamin Saada, chief executive officer of Expliseat said the titanium seats feature a “balance between passenger comfort, high reliability and weight savings,” and are made of materials such as titanium and carbon composite resources.

Cebu Pacific had earlier said its new ATR 72-600 features advanced avionics, enhanced performance in hot and high environments and increased cabin space along with additional seating capacity.

The additional seating capacity, it noted, will help further lower unit seat costs enabling CEB to pass on the benefits through lower fares to its customers. -- Imee Charlee C. Delavin