Easyjet has announced plans to fit a new lightweight Recaro seat to its forthcoming aircraft.

The seat weighs 26 per cent less than the carrier’s current product, and will enter service on new aircraft delivered from April.

Easyjet is using the Recaro SL3510 seat, more details on which can be seen on Recaro’s website here.

The airline will also fit fuel-saving sharklets (a type of wingtip) to forthcoming aircraft, and is to introduce a new lightweight trolley to all of its 214 aircraft from next month.

Easyjet says that the measures will save £2.7 million from the carrier’s £2.7 billion fuel bill.

The airline’s CEO Carolyn McCall confirmed the new seats in Moscow after the carrier’s inaugural flight to the Russian city.

“Taking smart decisions on the product we put onboard our planes, as well as operating the planes in the most efficient way possible, enables us to realise significant savings which in turn means we can maintain our low fares – even at a time when fuel prices remain at their historic highs,” said McCall.

For more information visit easyjet.com.

Report by Mark Caswell