An American budget airline recently teamed up with several manufacturers to improve the ergonomic quality of passenger seats.
To better understand passenger needs, Spirit Airlines first gathered info from guest feedback and surveys. They shared the results with manufacturer HAECO Cabin Solutions as a guide in the design process. From there, they recruited UK company Acro Aircraft Seating for solutions on maximum passenger comfort.
But Spirit’s dedication to ergonomically improved seating didn’t stop there. With the Charted Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIHEF), they thoroughly examined the new seats to inspect the quality and comfort. Additionally, Spirit conducted a separate study to assess public knowledge on airline seat comfort, resulting in a lack of understanding for certain terms. Thus, results revealed that carriers simply aren’t doing enough to ensure and explain the comfort of their seats.
For the longest time, carriers measured their comfort by the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it. However, airlines now know better that factors like seat width, seat back curvature, cushion thickness, and usable space are the appropriate measures of passenger comfort.
The revolutionary Spirit’s Fit Fleet™ seat design features include the following:
- Thicker but lightweight foam padding
- Composite skeleton with ergonomic lumbar support for both pre-reclining and reclining positions
- 2 additional inches of legroom
- 1 additional inch of pre-recline, more for exit rows
- 1 additional inch of width for middle seats
- Full size tray table
- Elevated literature pocket
As for their Big Front Seats™, additional features include:
- Ergonomic headrests with plush memory foam
- More memory foam in the seat for comfort and thigh support
Installation begins in November and will continue throughout 2020.