The industry’s lightest & robust transit wheelchair to exhibit at this year’s AiX show

Visitors to Aircraft Interiors Expo (AiX) from the 2– 4 April 2019 will have the opportunity to experience the industry’s lightest on-board transit chair, the Airchair, as it confirms attendance at the Hamburg show.

With 2018 seeing a greater demand for the aviation industry to improve passenger safety and experience especially for PRMs, airlines and airports are under increased pressure to adapt their service offering to suit all passengers, regardless of their mobility.

Moving passengers from an airline chair to a wheelchair, or around the aircraft during the flight requires the highest level of care. Both the transit experience received and the quality of the products used on-board have a huge impact on overall passenger experience.

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Now proving to be the transit chair of choice for more than 100 airlines in 40 countries, including Norwegian Air and Virgin Australia, the Airchair boasts qualities that enhance functionality:

  • It’s lightweight – it weighs just 6kgs;
  • Retracting back rest – enables the aircrew or carer to move close to the passenger to assist a safe and smooth transfer of the passenger from one seat to another;
  • The swivel castors – make manoeuvring in tight spaces easy.

The design of the chair focuses on passenger comfort and safety. The seat and backrest are made from high quality, fire retardant leather, while the waist and thigh straps, side restraints and a footrest keep the passenger safe during transit. The powder coat finish also contains an antimicrobial ingredient to ensure the highest level of hygiene.

Available in three different widths (14”, 15” and 16”), the Airchair can carry passengers up to 250kgs (40 stone) and the weight of the chair contributes to fuel saving.

Brian Richards, managing director of Mercury Products and inventor of the transit chair says: “In the last few years many stories have emerged from PRMs who have had dreadful experiences. From airlines losing their wheelchairs, to purposely dehydrating themselves in order to avoid using the toilet during a flight due to a negative past experience, this simply isn’t good enough. Now is the time for airlines to take responsibility and ensure their on-board facilities for PRMs are suitable and dignified.”

The Airchair will be on display at AiX 2019 on stand 1C16. For more information about how the Airchair is providing passengers with optimum comfort and safety, please click here.

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