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Aviation Upholstery material (SL3UL)

E-Leather is a lightweight, durable and easy to maintain material that is engineered specifically for upholstering aviation seating.

Revenue per passenger, reducing operating costs and maximising the resultant margin are ever-present objectives in the aviation industry. Seat suppliers and seat cover manufacturers are looking to deliver solutions that provide reduced weight, increased seat density and greater passenger comfort whilst reducing maintenance costs. This is certainly a long list of challenges, but within this dynamic industry environment, E-Leather has demonstrated that it offers one of the strongest solutions to today's challenges.

Many operators have adopted E-Leather as a result of extended evaluation. As is appropriate in this industry, evaluation has included extensive flight trials and independent laboratory testing in comparison to the best competing materials, including traditional leather and fabric.

In side-by-side flight tests against traditional leather and synthetic faux leathers, E-Leather has out-performed in customer comfort, improved durability and cabin appearance.

Product Data Sheet for SL3UL

TestsTest MethodTypical Values
Width   ≥1400mm
Softness IUP 36 ≥3.2mm
Colour measurement EL-MFG-WI113 DL* ± 0.9; Da* ± 0.5; Db* ± 0.5
Average Thickness BS EN ISO 2589:2002 <1.14mm
GSM EL-LSTP-0005 480 ±40 g/m2. Final GSM is colour and grain dependant
TestsTest MethodTypical Values
Bally flex BS EN ISO 5402:2002 Pass
Peel strength EL-LSTP-0003 Dry ≥12.0 N/cm
Tensile Force MD *1 BS EN ISO 3376:2002 *1 ≥10.0 N/mm
Breaking elongation MD BS EN ISO 3376:2002 ≥20.0 %
Tensile Force CD *1 BS EN ISO 3376:2002 *1 ≥10.0 N/mm
Breaking elongation CD BS EN ISO 3376:2002 ≥30.0 %
Taber Abrasion CS10 1kg BS EN ISO 5470-1:1999 Part 1 >20,000 cycles
Pigment Fastness to Light *2 ISO 4892-2, Cycle 5 and EN ISO 877 ≥7
TestsTest MethodTypical Values
Flammability    
12 seconds vertical burn test FAR/CS 25.853(a) Appendix F, Pt1(a)(1)(ii) & (b)(4) Pass
Toxicity Gas Emission (Airbus Method) ABD0031 Pass
Smoke Emission (Airbus Method) ABD0031 Pass

Product Data

TestsTest MethodTypical Values
Width   ≥1400mm
Softness IUP 36 ≥3.2mm
Colour measurement EL-MFG-WI113 DL* ± 0.9; Da* ± 0.5; Db* ± 0.5
Average Thickness BS EN ISO 2589:2002 <1.14mm
GSM EL-LSTP-0005 480 ±40 g/m2. Final GSM is colour and grain dependant

Quality Performance Tests

TestsTest MethodTypical Values
Bally flex BS EN ISO 5402:2002 Pass
Peel strength EL-LSTP-0003 Dry ≥12.0 N/cm
Tensile Force MD *1 BS EN ISO 3376:2002 *1 ≥10.0 N/mm
Breaking elongation MD BS EN ISO 3376:2002 ≥20.0 %
Tensile Force CD *1 BS EN ISO 3376:2002 *1 ≥10.0 N/mm
Breaking elongation CD BS EN ISO 3376:2002 ≥30.0 %
Taber Abrasion CS10 1kg BS EN ISO 5470-1:1999 Part 1 >20,000 cycles
Pigment Fastness to Light *2 ISO 4892-2, Cycle 5 and EN ISO 877 ≥7

Flammability & Restricted Substance Tests

TestsTest MethodTypical Values
Flammability    
12 seconds vertical burn test FAR/CS 25.853(a) Appendix F, Pt1(a)(1)(ii) & (b)(4) Pass
Toxicity Gas Emission (Airbus Method) ABD0031 Pass
Smoke Emission (Airbus Method) ABD0031 Pass

*1 Procedure as per BS EN ISO 3376:2002 except it is not corrected for thickness as this is not applicable to E-leather.

*2 All pigments used meet BWS 7 or higher. Pigments are tested in accordance with ISO 4892-2, Cycle 5 and EN ISO 877, and assessed against Blue wool scale 1-8 as described in ISO 105 B02, where BWS 8 denotes very high and BWS 1 lowest light fastness.
The Fastnessto Light of the final E-Leather Product is dependant on the colour.

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Colour swatches

E-Leather provides a number of opportunities to enhance cabin image and design. As well as boasting an array of economical, technical and performance benefits,  E-Leather is also available in any colour with a diverse selection of grains, allowing you the opportunity to create a bespoke product to complement your unique brand.*

Detail design features that are ever growing in popularity are embossing, perforation,  semi-perforation, embroidery, contrast stitch, piping and varying stitch size. Through a  select combination, you can further customise your E-Leather product to produce a design  that is subtly individual.

*Minimum order quantities apply.

Aviation Upholstery Stock Colour Palette

Comparison

Considering seat comfort, alternative faux leather materials that are softer have been found to increase the surface area in contact with the passenger, by a significant amount.

This can lead to more heat and moisture entrapments between the passenger and the seat. E-Leather avoids these issues as a direct result of its unique structure and coating technology.

Fabric

Compared to fabric, E-Leather can save you up to $35,000 per annum per aircraft. Unlike fabric, E-Leather only needs an occasional wipe to maintain a lasting appearance and hygienic seating. Chose E-Leather to reduce maintenance time, reduce cleaning costs and eliminate frequent changing and replacement of covers.

Traditional Leather

Compared to traditional leather, E-Leather can save you up to $50,000 per annum per aircraft. A seat upholstered with
E-Leather can weigh around 2lb (900g) less than the same seat upholstered in traditional leather, with clear fuel burn savings.

Case Studies

E-Leather Enhances the JetBlue Experience

E-Leather Enhances the JetBlue Experience JetBlue has embarked on a fleet-wide overhaul of its cabin interiors which includes the introduction of many customer-friendly amenities such as more...
E-Leather Enhances the JetBlue Experience
Aviation 02nd Jun 2017

T’Way Air Introduces E-Leather

South Korean based airline T’way Air has launched a refurbishment program to upgrade their aircraft interiors. As part of the renovation, E-Leather is being introduced as the seating upholstery...
T’Way Air Introduces E-Leather
Aviation 02nd Jun 2017

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