KLM to renew interiors of 14 B737-800s

3 May 2021 by Mark Caswell
Interior of a retrofitted KLM B737-800

KLM has begun “the complete renewal” of the interiors of 14 of its B737-800 aircraft.

The refurbished aircraft – which are mainly used on European services – will feature new economy and business class seats upholstered in recycled leather and weighing on average 20 per cent less than those they replace.

The Dutch carrier said that this will reduce cabin weight by 700 kg, saving 58 tonnes of fuel per aircraft per year. KLM said that across the 14 revamped aircraft, the new seating will reduce annual CO2 emissions by 2,576 tonnes.

USB ports on a retrofitted KLM B737-800

The new seats all have their own USB charging ports, and the refurbishment will also see the introduction of larger overhead bins, and LED mood lighting.

A 360-degree tour of the new cabins can be seen here.

The work is set to be completed by March 2022, and is being carried out alongside the installation of inflight wifi on these aircraft. As previously reported by Business Traveller, passengers will be offered three internet packages, ranging from a free messaging service, up to a Stream package for “those who want to watch movies”.

KLM installs wifi on first B737-800

Commenting on the news Boet Kreiken, executive vice president customer experience, KLM, said:

“KLM wants to offer its passengers even more comfort and style on European flights, while reducing the CO2 emissions of flights. That is why KLM continues to invest in its on-board product and sustainability, so we can continue to meet our customers’ expectations and emerge stronger from the crisis.”

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