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Neos AirlinesThis Summer, SWS were delighted to obtain STC approvals for a new crew rest seat for Milan-based charter airline, Neos Airlines.

Just a year ago the Italian airline had approached SWS, an EASA Part 21J DOA to support the certification for a new cabin attendant crew rest seat to comply with the new EASA Class 2 regulations.

SWS introduced the airline to their long-standing POA partner, Airline Services Interiors and together they went on to launch the Neos crew rest seat on schedule this Summer.

The Italian airline have ordered 28 seats in total, which are currently being installed onboard its fleet of Boeing 737-800 and 767-300 aircraft.


New crew rest seat for Neos Airlines Airline Services Interiors, manufactured the seat at its Manchester, UK headquarters.

The seat has a 20" width and provides a 45 degree recline as well as leg and foot support.

It also provides excellent seat comfort, reduced weight and durability.
New crew rest seat for Neos Airlines The crew rest seat was tested by SWS at its test facility in South Wales.
Neos Airlines SWS obtained STC approvals for the seat on Neos' fleet of Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft.

As the seat was designed to go on narrow-bodied aircraft it needed not only to deliver comfort, reduced weight and durability but also to maximise the use of available space.

Airline Services Interiors' Managing Director, Richard Dobson says:

"The Neos crew rest development was a very challenging programme from a certification and testing point of view, involving new seat design and new materials in a very aggressive timescale."

A Summer of Achievement for SWS' Fundraisers!...

We already knew what a great team of people we have working for us at SWS. However the achievements of 3 of our team over the Summer have made us particularly proud.

Nigel Smith, SWS' MD, Claire Demarquet, our Head of Engineering and Jules Jones, our administrator at SWS' offices in Port Talbot all took part in separate charity fundraising events, raising in excess of £2500 for their causes. A big well done from all of the team at SWS!...

Claire finishes 3rd female in the Sri Lankan 'Rumble in the Jungle'...

Rumble in the Jungle, Sri LankaSWS' Head of Engineering was clearly on a mission for a challenge of a lifetime this Summer when she signed up for the 'Rumble in the Jungle' Bike Ride in Sri Lanka.

The race is Sri Lanka’s premier mountain bike stage and takes riders from hot and humid jungles, through mountainous tea plantations and across the island's highest plateau. En route, riders are required to wade across rivers, ride through dense jungle, which is home to wild elephants, leopards and snakes, tackle 1000 m climbs and negotiate rocky descents.

Claire has always been one to rise to a challenge and with a personal aim to raise funds for Epilepsy Research in memory of her brother, Yannick Renversez who she sadly lost earlier in the year, Claire finished 3rd female overall having ridden through a network of rarely travelled off road trails and diverse terrain and climate unique to Sri Lanka. All of this despite the intense humidity, baking sun, torrential rain, mud, sand, rock and over 7000m of ascent. A huge highlight for Claire was that she was cycling around one of the World’s most idyllic islands and was in the company of MTB world champion, Cory Wallace!

Jules shaves her head for Teenage Cancer Trust...

Jules shaves her head for Teenage Cancer Trust.Jules Jones, SWS' administrator at the Port Talbot office has never been one to shy away from a challenge.

Having completed the London Marathon last year, Jules set about looking for a fundraising initiative for this year which would help raise much needed funds for 'Teenage Cancer Trust' a charity which brought a great deal of support, help and relief to a friend's family whilst their teenage daughter was battling the disease.

Jules set herself a target of raising £500 and announced to her friends and family that if they pledged the required sponsorship, in her own words, she would 'chop the mop.'

The big day came much sooner than Jules had anticipated when her totaliser reached £1000 and ended up at over £1300. Her husband Kyle Jones, SWS' Test Facility Manager (pictured) was brave enough to perform the honours...

Nigel completes the 'Prudential 100 mile Bike Ride'...

Nigel completes the 'Prudential 100 mile Bike Ride'In July, SWS' MD, Nigel Smith took part in the 'Prudential London 100 mile bike ride'.

The race which saw 36,000 riders experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads past London's top landmarks including:- Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral was in its 5th year and is now aiming to become the largest charity fundraising cycling event in the world.

The race had a cloudy start but luckily the rain held off allowing Nigel to achieve a time of just over 6 hours.

Nigel raised £600 sponsorship in aid of the 'Children with Cancer' charity, a charity which is very close to his heart.

SWS Test Facility Location...

The facility is located on the M4 corridor in South Wales, just 3 hours from London.