ANA and Toyota Boshoku develops passenger aircraft seats for comfort across a wide range of body sizes
All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s only 5-star airline, and Toyota Boshoku have teamed up to develop new economy class seats in line with the airline’s continued commitment to quality and comfort. The new seat is ergonomically developed for comfort across a wide range of body sizes and types, based on Toyota Boshoku’s experience designing seats for customers around the world, which included compact, luxury and racing cars. The result is a passenger aircraft seat that will leave customers a lasting impression of ANA’s commitment to quality, value and comfort.
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 on new seats were achieved through a range of tests accounting for multiple angles to determine ideal height and natural contour to accommodate for a variety of body types.
The rounded edges of the headrest 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. The new seats will be introduced on domestic flights this summer, and by fiscal 2016, ANA plans to have installed a total of 1,560 seats across six Boeing 767-300 aircraft.