HAMBURG--GE Capital Aviation Services has awarded AKKA Technologies, through its repair subsidiary Aeroconseil, a contract to overhaul cabins on 17 Embraer E170 jets scheduled to go into operation by Russian carrier S7 Airlines.
The contracts calls for Akka Technologies to install two additional seats, taking the twin-engine aircraft to an all-economy configuration of 78 seats. Work on all 17 E170s will be completed in about three months, the company said.
According to the French engineering and technology consulting group, the project was initiated by S7’s desire to drive seat revenues across domestic routes.
The airline confirmed its intention to take 17 pre-owned E170s in December 2016, making it Russia's first E170 aircraft operator. Delivery of the first E170 into the S7 fleet occurred at the end of March.
The two companies previously have cooperated on modifications, with Akka Technologies working on projects involving GECAS-owned Airbus A330 aircraft.
Last year, Akka Technologies oversaw the design, engineering and certification phases for the cabins of six A330-300s on lease to Lufthansa low-cost carrier subsidiary Eurowings.