Elements of discomfort - and the solution to the problem

The Problem – particularly on medium to long haul:

  • When we are tired we need to lie down, but we can't do this in Economy
  • Reclining the seat into the space of the passenger behind is anti-social
  • Pushing the hips forward to create a better angle of recline results in the spine being unsupported
  • The weight of the upper torso is suspended between the shoulder blades and the coccyx
  • The front of the seat pan presses into the back of the thigh, inhibiting blood supply
  • Contortion results in stress to the limbs
  • In some cases this can contribute to the onset of DVT

The Solution:

  • Elimination of conventional twin beams
  • A redesign of seat architecture within a fixed back shell
  • An inclined slide system allowing the seat pan to move forward and downward
  • An internal recline which fully supports the spine and lumbar region
  • Reduction of limb stress and the elements that can contribute to the onset of DVT
  • Only possible with a cantilever concept

Greater knee room and access to under-seat space

  • Aft beam raised above knee level rather than at shin level
  • Exploiting the lumbar curve creates more knee room
  • Cantilever construction + inclined slide gives access to under seat space

Internal recline using patented inclined slide - 4" forward, 2" downward

  • Up to 40° recline fully supporting the back and aiding comfortable restorative sleep
  • 4" extra leg room without physically increasing the seat pitch