AirAsia is Launch Customer for the Mirus Hawk
7th April 2016
Mirus Aircraft Seating yesterday announced that the launch customer for the Mirus Hawk, short-range economy seat is the low-cost Asian carrier AirAsia. At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, an agreement was signed by the CEO’s of the two companies, Phil Hall and Tony Fernandes. The deal will see AirAsia retrofit all existing and new Airbus A320 aircraft with the lightweight Hawk seats, and Mirus will also provide the Hawk for its Airbus A320neo fleet, upon regulatory approval. In total this is some 312 aircraft.
Tony Fernandes said AirAsia has had lots of issues with seats in the past 15 years and that they were really happy with the Hawk due to it being lightweight, thin but comfortable and easier for maintenance with less moving parts. It is also 40% lighter than conventional seats. Another issue Mirus is confident that it can address is the difficulty in getting spare parts on time and therefore reducing the risk of a grounded aircraft.