Aircraft seat refurbishment is by no means an easy feat. If you saw some of the aircraft seats we come across—you’d be amazed at how we transform them from old and broken, to shiny and new again! After all, here at Dretloh, we are experts at aircraft seat refurbishment and modification. We can say this confidently thanks to our 40+ years in the aviation industry.

No doubt, we know the components, suppliers, and the ins and outs of upgrading commercial aircraft seats very well. By perfecting our craft through years of experience, we’ve come to find a few tips that help make things run smoother.

Our tips for smoother aircraft seat refurbishment:


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1. Inspect aircraft seats first

Aircraft seats could have quirks when they come to the warehouse. Therefore, inspecting the seats will give you a better chance to take care of all issues regarding the refurbishment. We don’t want any flaws getting by without us knowing!

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2. Understand your brand

We recommend understanding the branding mission of the aircraft when looking at aircraft seat refurbishment. Furthermore, knowing which type of aircraft seat is targeted to what flight is also helpful. For example, charter flights or business travel. Also, your customers can help with finding the right aesthetics and ability needs for their aircraft seats.

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3. Consider comfort

Armrests, in-flight entertainment set-ups and fabric choices can affect comfort on longer flights. Moreover, in order to make your passengers happy you need to take into consideration their comfort.

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4. Meet in person

While reconfiguring aircraft seats, in-person visits allow design teams the knowledge and understanding of how to best emulate the aircraft branding. When meeting in-person, designers and projects managers are able to show you renderings on screen, photos of previous work and fabric samples.

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5. Plan your refurbishment

Furthermore, you can save time by scheduling refurbishments when the aircraft is going to be down for a mandated upgrade, other maintenance or an inspection. Plus, planning in advance allows a more truly customized option—which, in the end, might not be significantly more expensive than more standard options.