All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) and Toyota Boshoku Corporation (Toyota Boshoku) have teamed up to develop new economy class seats that will appear on ANA’s domestic service beginning June 2015. The collaboration marks the first time Toyota Boshoku will be involved in the development and manufacturing of aircraft seats.
By fiscal year 2016, ANA plans to have installed a total of 1,560 seats across six Boeing 767-300 aircraft. This is in line with the airline’s recent initiative to provide more comfortable seating in economy class.
The new seat specifications on the B767-300 are:
- Seat width: 17.5 inches (44.45 cm)
- Seat pitch: 31 inches (78.74 cm)
- Abreast: 7 (2-3-2)
The new seat was ergonomically developed for comfort across a wide range of body sizes and types, based on Toyota Boshoku’s experience designing seats for compact, luxury and racing cars.
Based on the idea that support is key to a passenger’s comfort, the seat is structured to limit muscle fatigue around the hip and maintain a relaxing posture by firmly supporting the pelvis.
The height, length and angle of the seat and backrest were designed to evenly distribute pressure on the body and accommodate any body structure.
The design and position of the tray tables and armrests were achieved through a range of tests accounting for multiple angles to determine the ideal height and a natural contour to accommodate for a variety of body types.
The rounded edges of the headrest are meant to provide a sense of openness that widens the passenger’s field of view. Fabric is used at the passenger eye-level to contribute a soft and welcoming atmosphere.