Why the Airchair is the on-board wheelchair of choice
With more scrutiny being placed on airlines to offer sufficient facilities for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM), there is a heightened demand for products that not only meet the airline and industry’s strict requirements but, more importantly, offer passengers a safe, comfortable and dignified experience – such as on-board transit wheelchairs.
While the debate continues about allowing personal wheelchairs on-board, it’s vital airlines are proactively providing the correct facilities for PRMs to ensure they receive the correct level of comfort throughout the flight. This is why products such as the Airchair, the industry’s lightest and most robust on-board wheel chair, are a necessity.
Combining passenger experience with the airline’s commercial requirements sets the Airchair apart. Its six key features have been designed to work simultaneously, making it the ideal on-board wheelchair and the first choice by major airlines around the world.
- Weight – only 6kgs
Any weight saving is a big commercial bonus for airlines. As the Airchair is one of the lightest on the market, weighing just 6kgs – significantly lower than its competitors – it not only allows cabin crew to easily lift and manoeuvre it around the aircraft, but it also assists with reducing overall fuel consumption.
- Capacity – carries up to 250kgs
Although being one of the lightest on-board wheelchairs, it’s also the most robust, due to the high strength aluminium framework. The Airchair is capable of carrying up to 250kgs (40 stone) and features waist and thigh straps and side restraints to ensure the safety of the passenger.
- Manoeuvrability – turns in its footprint
Due to narrow aisles and the generally restricted areas within an aircraft, equipment that is easy to manoeuvre is essential. The Airchair’s swivel casters enable the chair to turn and twist in all directions within its footprint. Additionally the push-on and push-off breaks provide greater control for the operator, guaranteeing maximum safety at all times.
- Compact – folded it can be stored in the overhead lockers
Weighing just 6kgs and available in either 14, 15 or 16 inch widths, the Airchair’s narrow frame can easily be stowed away in overhead lockers or small lockers. As well as being supplied in a practical carry bag, the Airchair has been carefully designed so it can quickly unfold for immediate use.
With its strong but lightweight material, the Airchair is stable and durable, ensuring PRMs feel secure and safe when they use the chair.
- Retracting back rest – improves access to passenger
The retracting backrest is a unique feature of the Airchair. It enables the aircrew or carer to move closer to the passenger to better assist with a smooth transfer from one seat to another. This feature also means the chair occupies less space in the toilet compartment therefore providing more freedom of movement for the the passenger as they use the toilets.
The Airchair is used by over 100 airlines globally. As the aviation industry strives to improve their passenger facilities, those airlines wanting to provide the best experience for PRMs shouldn’t settle for anything less than the finest.
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