Brussels Airlines has released details about the new long-haul cabins that will be fitted on its A330 aircraft.
The design features a new premium economy class, 2 metre fully-flat beds in business, and a walk-up bar with eight Belgian beers.
The Lufthansa Group carrier is preparing to renew its A330 fleet and will take delivery of seven before the end of the year, all of which will have the new cabins. Its three slightly younger A330s will be replaced by 2022.
The first will be operational in April on a route to an African destination, though a spokesperson said it had not yet decided which one.
Brussels Airlines worked with JPA Design on the interiors, which are inspired by Belgian Art Nouveau and have ambient lighting tailored to different flight phases.
Business Class will have the new self-service bar as well as Belgian wines, coffee and premium chocolates from Neuhaus served by crew. International wines and Laurent Perrier Champagne will go with a four-course meal created by Michelin-starred Belgian chef Thierry Theys from restaurant Nuance.
The 30 seats will be in a staggered 1-2-1 formation which a choice of a double seat for travel in pairs. The seats have adjustable softness and form a 2m-long fully-flat bed.
A 15.6 inch screen can be tilted to adapt to different seating positions.
Brussels launched ‘Economy Privilege’ in 2016 but later scrapped it in favour of a ‘Comfort Zone’ offering extra legroom.
The new A330s introduce a separate class called Premium Economy, with 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. Seats have an expanded armrest, 38 inch pitch and 40 degree recline.
Passengers also get a 13.3 inch screen, larger table with AC and USB ports, and an “upgraded culinary experience” including a snack of ice cream.
Economy passengers get USB ports, a 10.1 inch screen and an international meal with aperitif and complimentary beers, wines and spirits. Seats are 2-4-2.
Airline CEO Christina Foerster said: “At Brussels Airlines we are continuously working on improving the comfort for our guests on board as well as on the ground.
“With this significant investment in our long-haul travel experience, we emphasise once more on our commitment towards an exceptional passenger experience. The experience delivered by the finest boutique hotels has been the source of inspiration for our new Intercontinental Business Class.”