European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) grants ETSO for Lufthansa Technik AG »chair«

Lufthansa Technik’s innovative VIP seating solution »chair« has received its ETSO (European Technical Standard Order) certification. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted two ETSO’s for the 9g certified and 16g certified »chair« family. This ETSO designation can also be used for FAA TSO certification. With this approval production of »chair« can start.

»chair« is based on an innovative pedestal design upon which is

mounted a baseline core skeleton or structure. This pedestal and

structure is intentionally left incomplete, allowing designers to

create a chair to meet the particular needs of a particular cabin –

dining room, video lounge, office, bedroom, etc. Not only the height,

width, and depth, but also the overall “look-and-feel” can be

configured. The shape, upholstery, and padding can be selected to

allow for an uncompromised interior design under one certification.

The certification process will allow Lufthansa Technik to validate

changes to the »chair« without intensive re-testing.  EASA testing

was designed and passed to maximum dynamic load cases. This enables

changes to be classified as minor deviations under the umbrella the

granted ETSO.

“After achieving this major step, »chair« is now officially available

in the market. »chair« is not just another seat, it’s an innovation

in aircraft seating from many points of view. We now break the

paradigm of designing cabins around bulky seats to selecting the

appropriate chair for any environment, just like at home,” stated

Oliver Thomaschewski, Head of BU Seating and Structures. “I am very

proud of the work performed by our team, which developed intelligent

solutions and gained sophisticated expert knowledge.”

Jacques Pierrejean, renowned aircraft interior designer and Design

Office Manager from Pierrejean Design Studio commented: “Thanks to

the design philosophy of the evolutionary and totally adaptable

»chair«  family, the concept of chair opens up an unequaled degree of

freedom for cabin interior designers and passenger wishes. It can

wear completely different colors, materials, layers and accessories

depending on the level comfort requested. »chair« is really a seat

for all of us.”

Leave a Reply