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Boeing Strengthens Ties to Seat-Maker EnCore

  • LIFT seat to be available on Dreamliner after earlier 737 deal
  • New concept will help address capacity shortage amid rampup

Boeing Co. will extend its collaboration with aircraft-seat maker EnCore, helping to develop an alternative supplier of cabin fittings after bigger players including Zodiac Aerospace suffered a series of production stumbles that have held back plane deliveries.

After selecting the LIFT by EnCore economy-class berth for its 737 narrow-body jet, Boeing has chosen a new model for the twin-aisle 787 Dreamliner, the companies said Tuesday at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The seat is scheduled to be available to customers by early 2019.