We can finally announce the launch customer of Adient Aerospace’s seating range! The company, a joint venture between Boeing and Adient, a giant in automotive seating, officially commenced operations in October 2018 and has kept a relatively low profile in the media since. However, Adient Aerospace has revealed that its launch customer will be Hawaiian Airlines, which will fit the company’s lie-flat Premium Cabin seats on its fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, scheduled to enter the airline’s transpacific route network in 2021.
Since 2018, Adient Aerospace has been focusing on refining its Ascent Seating System – a modular premium lie-flat seat featuring double suites that has been designed specifically for the B787-9 cabin. With its relatively small fleet, Hawaiian Airlines may not be the biggest of launch customers (though it does have an option for a further 10 B787-9s), but it is a good one, as the seats will help the airline in its aim to redefine luxury travel to Hawai‘i. The flexibility of the seat design will enable leisure guests such as couples and families to enjoy a shared experiences, while still providing functionality and privacy for solo business travelers.
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The Hawaiian Airlines Dreamliners will also feature seating from Collins Aerospace, which is supplying the Aspire lightweight economy class seat for the Main Cabin.
“We couldn’t be more pleased for Adient Aerospace and Collins Aerospace to join us in creating a distinctively Hawaiian cabin experience in our future flagship aircraft,” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president for marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. “Our guests will enjoy the island-inspired comfort and warm hospitality for which we’re known, while relaxing in seats that represent the cutting edge of innovation in seating technology.”