Central and eastern European LCC Wizz Air has selected Italian company Geven to supply seats for the 110 Airbus A321neos it has on order, marking Geven’s biggest contract to date.

Rapidly growing Wizz Air launched in 2004 and has been using Geven seats since it took its first owned aircraft in 2007. The airline, which currently operates 93 A320 and A321 aircraft, will start receiving its neos in January 2019.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Germany on April 10, Wizz Air chief marketing officer Johan Eidhagen said management went through a significant process for the seat evaluation, balancing operational requirements and passenger comfort.

He said the Geven Essenza seat gives 25% more knee room, as well as a lower weight and cost per seat. This virtuous circle means Wizz can offer lower fares, creating the demand to double its fleet over the next five years.

“This is the biggest order in our history,” Geven managing director Alberto Veneruso said. He added that Geven worked together with Wizz on the design, which is a new configuration of an existing product.

“Wizz generated a lot of inputs to improve the comfort and make maintenance easy,” he said. “We are confident that we will see zero defects in service.”

Eidhagen said the weight saving comes out at about 2.5kg (5.5 lbs.) per seat. Responding to a question from ATW, he said there are no current plans to retrofit Wizz’s existing fleet with the Geven Essenza.

Based on current list prices, Wizz Air’s latest Geven seat order is valued at €44 million ($54 million).

Victoria Moores victoria.moores@informa.com