The new Aspire economy seat for widebody aircraft has entered service on a United Airlines Boeing 777-200, an installation that marks the first in a 55 shipset retrofit program for the Rockwell Collins seats.
According to Rockwell Collins, the Aspire model features a patented comfort system with an ‘advanced kinematic mechanism’ that can be configured to fit an airline’s specific brand, cabin or passenger experience requirements and cradles the passenger during recline while preserving maximum living space thanks to a proprietary seat frame and leg structure.
Mark Krolick, vice president of marketing at United Airlines explained that the Aspire seat was selected as a result of extensive customer testing and feedback.
The airline worked closely with United Airlines to incorporate its brand and amenities into the seat design, and to incorporate the carrier’s latest brand themes and cabin styling developed by the PriestmanGoode design agency. The United version of Aspire includes a Panasonic HD IFE monitor, a mid-level literature pocket, a full-width single-piece meal tray, PC power and adjustable ergonomic headrests.
Following the launch on its Boeing 777, United will install Aspire seats on its Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.