De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has announced Expliseat’s ultra-light seats as an optional feature for Dash 8-400 aircraft.

De Havilland Canada will be Expliseat’s exclusive supplier for the seats which will be available on the production line, or as a retrofit solution.

Expliseat says its TiSeat E2 features a unique architecture and advanced materials such as titanium and carbon fibre that contribute to a low weight of 6.5kg per passenger. It is the lightest seat certified for installation on the Dash 8-400 aircraft.

SpiceJet Limited received the first Dash 8-400 aircraft with a TiSeat E2 installation in December 2018.

“Expliseat’s TiSeat E2 has been a wonderful addition to our Dash 8-400 aircraft and has been jointly developed by SpiceJet, De Havilland and Expliseat,” commented SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director Ajay Singh. “We look forward to experiencing all the benefits of the ultra-light seat and are delighted with the response we have received from our customers.”

Todd Young, De Havilland Canada’s chief operating officer said: “Expliseat’s ultra-light seats offer between 300 and 1000lbs weight savings depending on the configuration and up to 1% in fuel savings.

“The cost-saving and comfortable option is a great feature for our customers and we are thrilled to make this seat option available on our Dash 8-400 aircraft.”

Expliseat’s CEO Benjamin Saada said the company is “delighted” to have met De Havilland Canada’s requirements, “We encourage Dash 8-400 aircraft customers to take advantage of the potential for additional payload revenue at same take-off weight by selecting the TiSeat E2 offered through our exclusive provider, De Havilland Canada.”

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