South Korean startup carrier Air Premia is set to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in 2020, and it looks as though the aircraft will be a two-class affair offering just premium economy and economy class seating.
The carrier is set to follow the “hybrid” model, offering a more comprehensive suite of services than a budget airline but at lower costs than a traditional full-service carrier.
According to seat manufacturer Recaro, Air Premia has opted to exclusively use Recaro seat products on its new Dreamliners.
This will see Recaro’s PL3530 seat design used in the premium economy cabin and the CL3710 in the economy cabin.
The base premium economy PL3530 seat product from Recaro (pictured above) offers an adjustable calf rest, foot rest, stowage space, a six-way adjustable headrest, various “privacy features” and a recline of up to eight inches. Seats are designed to accommodate an in-flight entertainment screen of up to 13 inches, though it is unclear whether Air Premia will choose to outfit its aircraft with seat-back screens.
The PL3530 seat is designed to offer a number of different configuration options, and it is uncertain at this stage what configuration Air Premia’s Dreamliners will feature.
The economy class CL3710 seat, meanwhile, is a slimline seat that is already operated by Dutch carrier KLM on its Boeing 777s as well as by Singapore Airlines on its new regionally configured Airbus A350-900s, and its upcoming B777Xs.
The CL3710 similarly has a six-way adjustable headrest, a footrest and the capability to offer 13-inch seat-back monitors. Here’s a photo of the off-the-rack product:
According to Air Premia’s website, its premium economy class seats will offer 42 inches of pitch while economy will offer a generous 35 inches.
Air Premia says it aims to be a mid- to long-range carrier with ambitions to connect to destinations in North America, Europe and Oceania.