HAECO Cabin Solutions has announced engineering expansion plans following successful customer growth on its Vector Premium and Vector Economy seating platforms. The company plans to expand its seating engineering and product development facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as add local staff.
According to Doug Rasmussen, president and group director, HAECO Cabin Solutions, the growth will entail taking full advantage of the space it currently occupies, which was expanded in 2016. In terms of staff, HAECO forecasts that it will need to grow engineering staff at the location by 20% in early Q1 2019.
Success with the Vector seating platform has brought the company “numerous customer wins” since it was announced earlier this year that Airbus approved HAECO Cabin Solutions to be included for line-fit selection in the A350 aircraft catalog. According to the company, Vector seating is currently being installed for several airline customers. Rasmussen says HAECO has also “secured numerous customers in nearly all major geographic regions on both Boeing and Airbus single and twin-aisle aircraft types,” although HAECO is not sharing specific customer details.
“The Vector platform is proving to be incredibly popular as a versatile product that offers both maximum comfort for the passenger and low cost of ownership for our customers,” says Rasmussen. “Those features, combined with our unique ability to provide in-house engineering, design, manufacturing, certification, and installation as a single-source supplier on a truncated timeframe, have contributed to faster growth in our business than initially anticipated.”
Rasmussen adds that HAECO is planning to offer Vector seats and customization on other aircraft types in the future, the details of which the company hopes to release soon. Meanwhile, Rasmussen says HAECO is always working on new product developments and it plans to announce a “significant new offering” at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in April 2019.