Production of the PF3000 fixed-back economy class seat has started at the new Pitch assembly facility in the UK’s Midlands. The company says it has developed an efficient and flexible assembly process by “adopting lean manufacturing techniques”. The result, says Pitch, is that manufacturing lead times can be minimized because high-value components and sub-assemblies are bought in from a proven UK-based supply chain. The company has invested over GB£2m (US$2.6m) in the new facility, product, and people, over the past year.
Pitch currently works on a 12-week lead time for delivery of the standard fixed-back product. However, for customers who require shorter lead times, sufficient stock is held to deliver an initial ship set or two. The assembly facility is highly scalable and has the capacity to deliver over 1,000 pax places a week.
Pitch launched the PF3000 fixed recline seat at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017 in Hamburg. The seat was developed by the Pitch in-house team alongside industry specialists. The design builds on the attributes of the company’s PF2000 model which was launched in 2014, further increasing passenger space and adding functionality. The seatback is highly sculptured with a low-profile bungee storage system, an optimized table shape for maximized leg room, and a lightweight cushion system.
The upper literature pocket can accommodate A4-sized literature in a clean and tidy way, and the seat also features a tablet holder behind the tray table and space to cater for medium-size laptops. A USB power option is available and is accessible when the tray table is deployed.