Fabric manufacturer Ultrafabrics partnered with Tapis Corp. and has announce their Promessa AV performance fabric is now on board JetBlue’s latest A220 aircraft.
On January 12th JetBlue revealed the A220, the latest new aircraft to join its fleet and the first of its new A220-300 series. This next generation aircraft has a custom-created cabin designed to impress.
TheA220 interior is outfitted with the Collins Meridian seat, customized in response to customer feedback. According to Mariya Stoyanova, director of Product Development at JetBlue, one of the most noticeable innovations is the added seatback cushioning and headrest padding made from the new, softer animal-free ‘leather’ material from Ultrafabrics Inc., Ultraleather Promessa AV.
Promessa AV from Ultrafabrics is the latest technology in aircraft seating materials. The Japanese-crafted leather alternative product is designed specifically for comfort. Ultrafabrics’ proprietary production process, Takumi Technology, creates a four-layer construction that includes a microfoam layer. This provides an extra layer of support, acting as a heat dissipation layer to enhance both physical and thermal comfort for the guests. The Promessa AV product line also includes an inherent EPA registered antimicrobial solution, for added protection from micro-organisms.
The Promessa AV product from Ultrafabrics marks a the collaboration between two New York-based companies. “It was a fantastic experience working with another local New York-based company in JetBlue,” says Perry Hodge, vice president of Transportation at Ultrafabrics. “Throughout these difficult times and seeing New York, in particular, struggle through the pandemic, it’s fantastic to see two strong New York companies launch such a creative and class leading new passenger experience.”
Tapis Corp. is Ultrafabrics’ exclusive agent in the aviation industry and the brands says they have worked together for four decades to bring new ideas to the aviation industry.
“While we’re a global company, working with such a great customer in our own backyard was a great experience,” says Matthew Nicholls, Tapis sales director. “You can tell how much JetBlue cares about its passenger experience given the lengths and details they went into, within the development process.”
This JetBlue project is just the latest in aviation interiors for Ultrafabrics and Tapis Corp., having just contributed innovative fabric solutions to the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo vessel.
“With the A220 we’ve taken a state-of-the-art aircraft and added our award-winning touch to bring to life an experience only JetBlue could dream up,” said Jayne O’Brien, head of Marketing and Loyalty at JetBlue. “We look forward to welcoming customers onboard our newest aircraft with incredible onboard comfort and one-of-a-kind design elements and unparalleled entertainment and connectivity.”