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Air Dolomiti Selects Geven for Embraer E195 Fleet Cabin Renewal

Air Dolomiti has selected Geven’s Essenza RJ seats for the cabin retrofit of their fleet of 15 Embraer E195s. The latest collaboration builds on the Lufthansa Group’s partnership with Geven which started in 2017.


Air Dolomiti Embraer E195 - Courtesy Air Dolomiti

On Thursday (October 7, 2021), Air Dolomiti, the Italian Airline of the Lufthansa Group, announced that they have partnered with Geven for the cabin refurbishment of their fleet of 15 Embraer E195s, which will include Geven Essenza RJ seats. The Group’s collaboration with Geven started in 2017 with Deutsche Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines. The new Essenza seats will feature an exclusive trim and finish in accordance with Air Dolomiti’s design scheme, including blue and turquoise eco-leather dress covers, a high literature pocket, a recline of up to 3” and ergonomic seat cushions. The seats will be delivered in 15 shipsets and will be installed from December 2021 through March 2022, with the first retrofitted aircraft expected to fly in January 2022.


In Thursday’s announcement, Air Dolomiti’s Director General of Operations, Accountable Manager and CEO, Alberto Casamatti, said,


“I am very proud to announce our partnership with Geven today: I had the opportunity to visit Geven’s Headquarters in Naples and was impressed by the modern and innovative structure of their sites. Their attention to high quality standards, the continuous research for the improvement and technological development of products, makes this Italian company a jewel of the sector. We share the roots of companies born from the passions of strongly business-oriented families, who have pursued a dream by making it come true, aiming for growth and continuous improvement.”


Air Dolomiti’s Vice President of Technical Operations, Mario Caneva, added,


“The new Essenza RJ, in addition to being more comfortable, are the result of innovative projects, have a design which will allow us to increase the number of seats of our aircraft while keeping unchanged passenger comfort and will give our cabin a more pleasant and relaxing atmosphere thanks to the colors, materials and above all the high quality which is an essential feature for Air Dolomiti. In addition, the lower weight of Essenza RJ will allow to reduce fuel consumption with a benefit on costs and environmental impact. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teams who have carried out this project with determination and excellent integration with Geven’s team despite the difficult times.”


Also commenting on the new collaboration with Air Dolomiti, Geven’s President and CEO, Alberto Veneruso, said,


“Being selected again makes Geven extremely proud. Thus, this is a sign for us to believe we have gone beyond our customer’s expectation. Once again, our client found in the ESSENZA platform the perfect solution for improving passenger flight experience on its fleet all in a very appealing Italian style as well as reducing weight and improving service life and overall cost of ownership. ESSENZA RJ is suitable for a range of pitches ensuring a very good comfort also for taller people. The primary structure design maximizes shin and knee clearance and optimizes weight (10.4 kg for a fully dressed seat) and generous arm-to-arm width greater than 18.3.”


Geven’s Essenza RJ seats feature two other innovations on the backrest main structure and the bottom cushion. The backrest is made of is made of a single piece of carbon fiber with structural and aesthetic functions, requiring no additional fairing or plastic shrouds. Therefore, only the foam and cover are added, resulting in fewer parts and reduced weight. Additionally, the bottom cushion is installed directly on the seat beams with Velcro, and performs both structural and comfort functions, while allowing for easy inspection and maintenance.


Geven's Economy Class Essenza Seats. The seats shown are not in Air Dolomiti's colors and the 'RJ' Designation Represents a 2x2 Configuration for Regional Aircraft - Courtesy Geven


Based in Naples, Italy, Geven is an aircraft seat and interiors supplier. The company is well known for their professionalism, reliability and dedication, making them a renowned leader in the aircraft seating and interiors industry. The company is committed to constant innovation, engineering refinement and industrial progress, as the drivers for continued growth.


Air Dolomiti was founded in 1991 with the goal of connecting the main Italian airports to Germany, especially Munich and Frankfurt. In 2019, the airline carried over 2.5 million passengers, operating multi-day frequencies to Italian and European destinations. Air Dolomiti operates a fleet of 15 Embraer E195s and prides itself on being an efficient and reliable airline that puts customers first. The airline’s fare plan provides five different options including three economy and two business fares, which allows guests to select the set of services that best suits their needs.



Source(s): Air Dolomiti, Geven