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A carbon fiber composite seat dedicated for medium/short haul flights

News International-French

8 Apr 2014

Zodiac Aerospace (aircraft seating) teamed with Hexcel (carbon fiber composite materials), to develop L3 - Living Space, Lightweight, Leadtime.

The first seats will be presented to airlines during the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg.

The L3 is a new passenger seat dedicated for medium/short haul flights, offering a good living space to passengers and to airlines a higher density and a lighter weight, below 4 kg per passenger. The manufacturing process of the seat, resulting from cooperation between Zodiac Seats and Hexcel will ensure a quick manufacturing and delivery time compared to current seats.

The L3 is an all-composite seat, manufactured from Hexcel’s HexPly carbon fiber prepregs which provide light weight, mechanical resistance and an aesthetic appearance. The armrests and tray tables are manufactured from Hexcel’s HexMC compression molding process, providing a unique look and strong resistance.

The certification process is progressing as per companies plan in their development tests process.

About Hexcel:
Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibers, reinforcements for composites, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications. Hexcel has approximately 5,300 employees worldwide and achieved sales of $1.68 Billion in 2013. 

About Zodiac Aerospace:
Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft and for helicopters and spacecraft. Zodiac Aerospace has approximately 30,000 employees worldwide and realized revenue of €3.9bn in 2012/2013, through its five business segments: Zodiac AeroSafety, Zodiac Aircraft Systems, and three segments related to cabin interiors: Zodiac Cabin & Structures, Zodiac Galleys & Equipment and Zodiac Seats.

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