De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announced Expliseat’s ultra-light seats as an optional feature for Dash 8-400 aircraft. Expliseat produces the world’s lightest aircraft seat using advanced materials such as carbon fiber and titanium, with the TiSeat E2 contributing only 6.5 kg per passenger.

The Dash 8-400 is a highly productive turboprop due to its short take-off and landing capabilities and efficient regional operations and the fact that it offers more flights per day than most other turboprops.

The aircraft also carries 14 more passengers than any other turboprop and has the extra payload capacity to carry their bags, all while providing more range.

Of key importance, the Dash 8-400 aircraft is the only turboprop that is fully compliant with FAA/EASA passenger weight at any extra capacity configuration. The unique architecture of Expliseat’s TiSeat E2 and the use of advanced materials such as carbon fiber contribute to a low weight of only 6.5 kg per passenger. It is the lightest seat certified for installation on the Dash 8-400 aircraft. By using carbon fiber and titanium, the most resistant materials certified for aerospace, the Expliseat offers a very long life span.

De Havilland Canada will be Expliseat’s exclusive supplier for the seats, and they will be available on the production line or as a retrofit solution. Expliseat produces the world’s lightest aircraft seat, offering customers optimal transport efficiency and potential cost-saving benefits with its new, advanced technology.

Todd Young, chief operating officer at De Havilland Canada, said, “Expliseat’s ultra-light seats offer between 300 and 1000 lbs. weight savings depending on the configuration and up to 1% in fuel savings.  The cost-saving and comfortable option is a great feature for our customers, and we are thrilled to make this seat option available on our Dash 8-400 aircraft.”