Lakewood company designs smaller, lighter airplane to seat to save space and fuel

Posted at 1:24 PM, Apr 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 21:20:18-04

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A Lakewood company is hoping its invention will soar in the future.

For years, Molon Labe seating has been experimenting with airline seat designs to create a comfortable yet economically viable seat. Airlines are searching for new seating that weighs less so fuel costs can be reduced. They also want smaller seats so cabin space can be maximized.

In the past, designers at Molon Labe experimented with sliding airline seats. The latest design uses a staggered approach to maximize space. Arm rests are indented allowing room for each passenger. The seats have more padding than previous versions and curved edges, making it easier to get up when exiting the row.

"We’ve used this staggered layout to give a bunch of extra space to the middle seat," said Hank Scott, Molon Labe's CEO.

The company has devised new seat for shorter trips and long distance flights.

The seats are significantly lighter.  As result fuel burn and CO2 emissions will be reduced. 

As far as legroom is concerned, that standard is set by each carrier. However, the space has dwindled over the years from 34 inches to 29 inches in some cases.