EASA grants ETSO for Lufthansa Technik’s chair


Lufthansa Technik’s chair VIP seating solution has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) certification. EASA granted two ETSOs for the 9g certified and 16g certified chair family. This ETSO designation can also be used for FAA TSO certification. With this approval, production can start.

A baseline core skeleton or structure is mounted upon a pedestal, the structure intentionally left incomplete to enable designers to tailor the seat to meet the needs of a particular cabin. The height, width, depth, and overall look and feel can be configured. Designers can tailor the seat’s shape, upholstery and padding, under one certification.

The certification process will allow Lufthansa Technik to validate changes to chair without intensive re-testing. The company says EASA testing was designed and passed to maximum dynamic load cases, enabling changes to be classified as minor deviations under the umbrella of the ETSO.

“After achieving this major step, chair is now officially available in the market,” said Oliver Thomaschewski, head of the Seating and Structures business unit at Lufthansa Technik. “We now break the paradigm of having to design cabins around bulky seats, to selecting the appropriate chair for any environment, just like at home.”

“The concept opens up an unequaled degree of freedom for cabin interior designers and passenger wishes,” said Jacques Pierrejean, design office manager at Pierrejean Design Studio. “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.”

June 2, 2016

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