Shanghai-based carrier and Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines, has unveiled photos of its new Boeing 787-9 cabins, showcasing its business class and economy class seats in the company’s colours.
As previously reported by Business Traveller, Juneyao Airlines has opted to outfit its latest addition to its fleet with Thompson Aero Seating’s fully flat Vantage XL seats in the business class cabin – the same base model found on Delta’s Airbus A350s and Qantas’s Dreamliners, among many others.
We now know that Juneyao plans to equip its cabins with 29 of these seats deployed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration. This not only means all passengers have direct access to the aisle, but that alternating rows will offer seats either slightly closer to or further from their nearest neighbour – useful if you’re seeking privacy as a solo traveller or close proximity with a travel partner.
The Vantage XL is designed to offer a width of between 23 and 24 inches, and a pitch (legroom) of 42 inches. The seats recline 180 degrees to offer a fully flat bed, and are outfitted with a gentle massage function, and adjustable light and improved storage space.
The aircraft’s economy class cabin, meanwhile, will feature Recaro’s CL3710 seat product, laid out in a nine-across (3-3-3) configuration. Pitch in economy is 32 inches on the new Dreamliner, and each seat also has access to a seat-back 12-inch Panasonic HD screen and a separate USB power port. Headrests are also adjustable in nine directions.
In-flight wifi will also be available to travellers in both classes.
Along with the seat products, Juneyao will introduce a number of other features to the cabin experience, including a bespoke fragrance developed by perfumer Quentin Bisch that will be dispersed on the aircraft. On the food and beverage side, meanwhile, the airline will offer a selection of alcoholic beverages, “custom-made” meals and a selection of afternoon teas.
Juneyao is expected to take delivery of its first Dreamliner in mid-October, with 10 due to join its fleet. Three different designs are planned for the aircrafts’ liveries.
The aircraft initially will fly domestically between Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sanya, Chengdu and Chongqing, ahead of being deployed on intercontinental flights from next year.