Economy Traveller had the opportunity to try out AirAsia’s new Mirus Slimline seating to be installed progressively in all their A320 aircraft. AirAsia will be the launch customer for the German aircraft seating manufacturer’s new Hawk slimline economy seat. We were pleasantly surprised to find some thoughtful inclusions that weren’t evident in the material available during the signing.
Update March 2018: The seats are now ready to take to the skies and are being installed in the airline’s A320 aircraft.
Mirus Slimline seating: features
When compared with the current seating, seen in the background of the picture above, it’s immediately obvious that the new seat is smaller. And yes, both the seat back and the seat itself noticeably slimmer. In addition, the leather covering is textured and not slippery. We found the seat to be firm but comfortable.
The benefits to passengers include more space available between you and the back of the seat in front thanks to
- a tidier seat back which includes a fold away mobile device shelf offers
- the mobile device shelf has three slots for more choice of angle and different devices
- when tested with a device in place, bumping the seat back (think wriggling child) the device remained in place
- the headrest is also slimmer and easier to raise
- the fold in ‘wings’ seem to stay in place once positioned
A shorter slimmer armrest includes
- a usb port (no socket for your laptop, sorry)
- use to keep for device in juice as you browse or watch a movie
- makes getting in and out easier even without raising the armrest.
- the aisle seat armrest raise button is easier to find
Other things we like
You can already use your device to access free content on wifi provider roKKi enabled flights, currently available on an increasing number of A320 aircraft used for AK flights. RoKKi also provided the paid services available on these flights. The addition of the supports and usb port will make this easier.
The new seats are expected to start appearing in AirAsia A320 aircraft from September 2017 and it is hoped that they will also be used in the long distance AirAsia X A330s.
RedQ Innovation Lab is the AirAsia ideas incubator. It’s located at the new Group Headquarters, RedQ at KLIA2 and encourages ideas from staff, known as Allstars.
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