Pitch Aircraft Seating Systems Ltd announced at AIX this afternoon, that it has secured a line fit contract with the Ukrainian Antonov company.
Pitch will supply the light weight PF3000 seat to Antonov for line fit on their An-148/158 family of aircraft at their manufacturing facility in the Ukraine.
Commenting on the investment Gary Doy, Pitch Chief Executive Officer said: “We are honoured to be awarded the contract to supply our PF3000 seat to Antonov and I believe this is the start of a long-term relationship between our two companies. Having seen the aircraft and the passion Antonov has for excellent design, we are very excited to join their team and see huge potential for the business over the coming years.”
On careful evaluation of the marketplace Antonov’s specialists found the Pitch PF3000 seat to be highly competitive providing a light weight solution with excellent space for the passenger. They were impressed by the quality and robustness of the seat, technical team specifically noting the ease of maintenance through its unique construction.
Mr Oleksandr Donets, president of the Antonov company commented: “Today we made a new step towards modernisation of passenger regional jets of AN-1X8 family keeping high comfort for the passengers and improving the aircraft characteristics, which permits to increase seating capacity of An-158-100 to 102 passengers, as well as to save aircraft weight.
“The Pitch team has proved to be responsive to our requirements and share our passion in making great products that will stand the test of time. We look forward to working with Pitch team going forward.”
Gary Doy added: “Being able to announce this contract between our two companies at the Aircraft Interiors Exhibition in Hamburg this year has been a pleasure. We have seen AIX grow from its very first exhibition in Cannes to what is arguably now the most important global exhibition for commercial aviation.”
With a reputation for innovation and design, for its highly durable space efficient fixed back seats, Pitch pioneered the fixed back economy seat for single aisle aircraft and today, in Europe, the fixed back seat is the seat of choice for the low-cost carrier.
The PF3000 is the latest model from Pitch offering greater space for the passenger and ultra-low running costs for the airlines. The robust and lightweight PF3000 is designed to the latest safety standards and is certified to meet the full 16g dynamic and occupant injury requirements (C127b). The seat is currently flying on the Airbus A320 family.