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Weight and Capacity: Factors in Onboard Wheelchair Selection for Airlines

February 9, 2024

Choosing the right onboard wheelchair is essential for airlines committed to providing an inclusive, dignified and comfortable experience for passengers with reduced mobility. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right product for your airline, not least of which are considerations around weight and carrying capacity. In this blog, we will take a closer look at how weight and carrying capacity impact onboard wheelchair selection, addressing key concerns for modern airlines.

Weight, Fuel Efficiency and Environmental Impact

Airlines are increasingly recognising the importance of minimising weight on flights for both economic and environmental reasons. For instance, on a B737, every 1 ton of weight saved translates to approximately 100kg of fuel saved per flight. In this context, a lightweight onboard wheelchair can have a significant impact on efficiency. For example, the Airchair, weighing in at a mere 6kg (13lb), not only enhances fuel efficiency but also aligns with many airlines’ eco-conscious initiatives by minimising their environmental impact.

Carrying Capacity for All Passengers

A reliable onboard wheelchair should be lightweight but never compromise on strength, ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers with diverse mobility needs. That’s why the precision build of the Airchair combines simplicity and robustness, delivering a carrying capacity of 250kg (550lb), making it a reliable choice for both passengers and cabin crew.

Practical Design and Convenience

Thoughtful onboard wheelchair design extends beyond weight and carrying capacity. Fitted with fold-out arm restraints, waist and thigh belts, and a fold-away footrest, the Airchair prioritises passenger comfort. It is practical, too, fitting effortlessly into overhead lockers or a dog box, providing a hassle-free experience for cabin crew.

Compliance with Regulations

Airline staff researching onboard wheelchair solutions must navigate a landscape of regulations, such as those outlined in the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and other regional regulations for servicing passengers with reduced mobility. These regulations mandate specific accessibility features, including wheelchair-accessible lavatories, and require onboard wheelchairs on specific types of aircraft. The Airchair not only meets these regulations globally but exceeds expectations, ensuring airlines can provide seamless support to passengers while adhering to compliance standards.

Have you considered the Airchair?

In the pursuit of offering practical and comfortable support to passengers with reduced mobility, Airchair offers a uniquely flexible, cost-effective, and reliable solution. By choosing the Airchair, airlines can reduce their fuel output, improve the onboard experience for passengers and crew, and enhance their compliance with regulations. For further details on how Airchair can transform your airline’s onboard wheelchair experience, contact us here.