Turkish Airlines has opted for Rockwell Collins’ MiQ seating platform for the business class cabins of its new fleet of medium-haul, single-aisle aircraft. Initial deliveries of 92 shipsets for Airbus A321neo aircraft and deliveries of 77 shipsets for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are now underway.
According to Rockwell Collins, the MiQ platform was selected due to its ergonomic reclining position, including a four-way adjustable headrest and leg rest. The aisle seats feature level access, by which the aisle-side armrest retracts downwards to allow passengers extra width in the seat, as well as enabling them to swing their knees into the aisle so window-seat passengers can move more easily in and out of the row. The seat also provides a large console for passenger storage.
Mark Vaughan, vice president and general manager for interior systems at Rockwell Collins explained that the modular design elements of the MiQ seating platform allowed the team to work closely with Turkish Airlines to provide a customized configuration that includes a new privacy feature. Rockwell Collins also designed custom leather dress covers to reflect the airline’s brand.
“As we continue to take firm steps to increase our passengers’ comfort to an even higher level, we now place those state-of-the-art seats, having special features such as seatback IFE screens, retractable privacy panels, accessible personal stowage and power outlets, in our new medium-haul fleet,” said Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airlines’ chief marketing officer. “By keeping a close eye on customer expectations, we will continue to present the highest standards with our cabin and seat designs in the future.”