Aircraft seating and interiors manufacturer, Geven, has announced three seating deals. The first contract is a particularly major one, with Lufthansa Group opting to equip its fleet of medium-haul Airbus A320 and A321neo aircraft with Geven’s Essenza economy class seat. The Essenza seat model will be fitted to the group’s airlines between Q4 2018 and 2022: Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS. The selection of the seats is part of a larger cabin design modernization project that Lufthansa Group is undergoing as part of its development and growth plan.
The seats will be customized with different trim and finish variants to fit with the design scheme of each airline. Geven and Lufthansa Group have worked together from the early developmental phase of the seats to create the custom seat designs.
“Lufthansa Group is an highly demanding and meticulous customer, but also an ideal partner for developing new products and solutions to their passengers worldwide and ultimately to the aviation industry,” stated Alberto Veneruso, Geven’s managing director. “Lufthansa Group is well known for paying a lot of attention in the selection of its partners. Since the early stage of the negotiation phase they conducted several audits and required a huge amount of details and data that they have carefully analyzed. For those reasons, to have been selected for such an important project makes Geven extremely proud”.
Paul Estoppey, Lufthansa Group’s head of cabin product added: “The cooperation with Geven went very well. Due to the combination of seat manufacturer know-how and our customer perspective, we have jointly developed a great seat that is both technically and ergonomically state-of-the-art.”
Geven has also received a large order for Essenza from Wizz Air, a Central and Eastern European low-cost airline, for its fleet of more than 110 aircraft, comprising A321 NEOs and A320 NEOs. Geven has been supplying seats to Wizz Air since the airline acquired its first Airbus narrow-body aircraft in 2007. The A321 NEOs will have 239 seats , while the A320 NEOs will have 186 seats, in an all economy class layout.
Mexican carrier Interjet has also selected the Essenza seat model for its forthcoming fleet of 35 A320 NEOs, with deliveries due to begin in May 2019. The reclining version has been selected, which will be highly customized for the airline.