HAECO Cabin Solutions configurable Vector seat platform will now be available as a line-fit option for Airbus A350 customers. Airbus has approved the division of HAECO Americas as an offerable supplier for passenger seating and will now include the Vector seat in its A350 catalog.
“With Vector, HAECO has developed a true platform-based product, which shares many parts and features between the Economy and Premium versions of the seat,” says Doug Rasmussen, president and group director, HAECO Cabin Solutions. “Adding line-fit offerability demonstrates the trust Airbus has placed in HAECO Cabin Solutions to deliver this seat platform to line-fit customers with tighter lead times.”
According to Airbus, the offerability process entails a strategic fit analysis to determine whether a supplier is a fit for Airbus—which can take up to one or two years in more extensive cases. Once a product is on the company’s approved supplier list, airlines that choose it can work with OEMs to customize as needed. HAECO Cabin Solutions says it provides customization of Vector seats through selectable seat features that are pre-certified and customer specific. The company adds that it has now launched the offerability process for the Vector Economy seat on A320 Family aircraft and for the Vector Premium seat on both the A320 and A350 XWB Family.
In addition to the seat’s approval for the A350, HAECO says it has secured a launch for line-fit of the A320 with an unnamed carrier in Asia. The seat was selected last year for Jazeera Airways’ A320 fleet, which entailed HAECO overseeing manufacture of the seats, reconfiguration engineering for the airline and obtainment of FAA and EASA approval for installation. The Vector platform has also been chosen by low-cost Colombian carrier Wingo for its Boeing 737-700 fleet, LOT Polish Airlines for its 737 fleet and Cathay Pacific for its A350-1000 fleet.