Southwest Airlines has selected the RECARO Aircraft Seating (RECARO) BL3710 seat for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with delivery expected in 2025.

The BL3710 seat was selected based on feedback from testing, workshops and comfort studies. The seats will feature a multi-adjustable headrest cushion, an ergonomically enhanced seat bottom, a backrest with lumbar support and a new armrest design that maximises seat width.

“This award is a tremendous accomplishment for Team RECARO,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of RECARO Aircraft Seating and RECARO Holding. “We are proud to collaborate on expanding our footprint in the Americas, especially when we get to work with a local partner like Southwest, who began their story at the same time as us.

“Our BL3710 will be a great addition to the airline that is committed to putting people first, as its durable design and comfort features will serve passengers well for many years to come,” added Hiller.

“Since RECARO was founded in Fort Worth, it’s been a long-term goal to work with our neighbours – Southwest Airlines,” said Sunitha Vegerla, General Manager, RECARO Aircraft Seating Americas. “From their servant-leadership and people-centric culture to their stance on sustainability and involvement in the community, the similarities we see in our companies’ cultures and values are astounding. As we look to the future, this partnership is a great milestone in the significance of sustainability and meeting customer needs in every seat design.”

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