EVA Airways’ soon-to-be-delivered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will feature an all-new generation of seat product in its business class cabin developed by manufacturer Designworks, part of the BMW Group.
The new seats in Royal Laurel Class, as EVA Airways names its business class offering, are able to recline to a fully flat position to form a bed that is 76 inches (193cm) long and 23 inches (58.4cm).
Seats also feature an 18-inch high-definition touchscreen monitor, built-in storage cabinets, adjustable privacy panels, extra-large fold-out tables, as well as power and USB ports.
According to the airline, its design team “stepped away from conventional aircraft design” in order to develop the new tailor-made seats.
“We wanted EVA’s business class experience to be fresh and memorable for passengers and to make service, design and brand all work together,” said Johannes Lampela, design director at Designworks’ studio in Los Angeles.
“Our goal was to take a proven seat platform and make it unique to EVA. From privacy, service, interaction, stowage and amenities, we explored the holistic passenger experience.”
Overall, the airline’s new Dreamliners will offer 26 seats in Royal Laurel Class, laid out in a forward-facing, alternating 1-2-1 configuration.
Meanwhile the economy cabin on the aircraft will feature 278 seats from manufacturer Recaro. These feature leather six-way-adjustable headrests along with a 12-inch touchscreen monitor.
The Taiwanese carrier will take delivery of its first Dreamliner on October 2, and will be the only Taiwan-based carrier to operate the aircraft. Its maiden flight is expected to take place by the end of next month on EVA Air’s Taipei-Hong Kong route, before extending its services to Japan upon delivery of its second aircraft.
The airline will then receive three additional 787-9s before taking delivery of its first 787-10 in the second quarter of next year. Overall, EVA Air plans to operate 24 Dreamliners by 2022.