Our sustainability journey

Product sustainability

There are several elements of our products that support environmental sustainability:

  • Recyclability – as many parts of our seats as possible use recycled materials and are also recyclable
  • Longevity – our seats are built to last, minimising the need for replacement. They are also designed so that trim and finish can be easily updated, with a ‘refresh’ rather than a ‘replace’ philosophy
  • Lightweight – we are continually developing our seats to make them lighter weight, a major factor in reducing the carbon footprint. We have made significant weight savings on several of our products over the last few years
  • Innovation – our research and development programmes aim to ensure that new, more sustainable products and materials are brought to market, along with lighter weight designs. This capability has been further enhanced with the opening of our own Dynamic Test Facility.

Environmental sustainability

Environmental sustainability is a key topic and significant challenge for the entire aviation industry. Thompson Aero Seating has already started the journey to reduce its environmental impact and to drive sustainability across all areas but recognises that much more can and must be done to steer the significant change necessary within our industry.

Practice sustainability

We recognise that the working practices within our factories and offices also have an impact on our sustainability. We are looking at our processes and systems to see where they can be updated and improved.

This includes reducing the impact of waste, becoming a low-emission business, and sustaining legal compliance.


Thompson Aero Seating aims to work with suppliers that have a similar ethos to our own, particularly regarding sustainability.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We have a policy in place to ensure that everyone who works for Thompson Aero Seating is aware of the value we place on diversity within the workforce and the steps we take to ensure that opportunities are available to all employees and applicants irrespective of their race, colour, religion or belief, sex (to include pregnancy and maternity), sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, political opinion, marital status or civil partnership status or gender reassignment.

We recognise our legal and social responsibilities, ensuring we follow correct procedures that are consistent with the relevant legislation and codes of practice. Our policy assists us in putting this commitment into practice. No employee, worker or job applicant will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of any protected characteristic. Compliance with this policy should also ensure that unlawful acts of discrimination are not committed by anyone working for or with us.

Corporate Governance

We believe in transparency, accountability, fairness, and responsibility.

Thompson Aero Seating is owned by AVIC, one of the world’s largest and leading aerospace companies.

Registered office address: 51 Seagoe Industrial Estate, Portadown, Craigavon, County Armagh, BT63 5QE.

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