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Porter Airlines refreshes aircraft fleet with world’s lightest aircraft seat

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Porter Airlines has completed the renovation of its fleet of De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft with a series of modifications in preparation for its return to flight on September 8.

All 29 aircraft now have the world’s lightest airplane seat, the Expliseat TiSeat E2, as well as a variety of other cabin upgrades.

The seats are made of a blend of composite and titanium materials, which makes them approximately 50% lighter than prior seats and reduces aircraft weight by around 1,000 lbs. This reduces annual fuel usage by around 500,000 litres and CO2 emissions by 1,200 metric tons.

Other aircraft modifications include new flooring, lavatory improvements, new sideboards, and upgraded LED lighting throughout the fleet. By October, the majority of the fleet will have received new exterior paint.

On its Dash 8-400s, Porter used a 78-seat design with a standard 30′′ seat pitch. The redesigned seats’ compact shape increases total legroom.

Photo: (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

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