KLM has introduced a new version of its World Business Class seat which will be fitted across its fleet of B777 aircraft.
The “new” seat is in fact an adapted version of the carrier’s existing Jamco Venture seat which features on KLM’s B787 aircraft.
The B777 seat now has a “lightweight” sliding door – from the looks of things on this video posted on the airline’s LinkedIn page the door consists of a sturdy fabric partition which pulls across and clips into position.
The seat converts into a 198cm fully flat bed, and other features include direct aisle access for all passengers, a back massage option, a lockable compartment for stowing belongings (which also has a built-in mirror), a recessed bottle holder, multiple charging sockets and a wireless charging option.
The airline also said that “Thanks to various innovations, the seats and their fittings are 10-15 per cent lighter than other business class seats in this market segment, thereby contributing to KLM’s sustainability objectives”.
According to the LinkedIn post above, the first B777 featuring the new seat has operated a flight one of KLM’s South African destinations (which one was not specified).
The carrier is set to retrofit its entire fleet of around 30 B777-300 and B777-200s with the new seat, at the same time as fitting its new Premium Comfort seating to the aircraft.
KLM said that the work was set to be completed “during the course of the coming year”.
Commenting on the news Boet Kreiken, EVP customer experience, said:
“Based on extensive customer and competitor research, we improved our World Business Class seats to ensure that customers have more privacy and comfort during their flight. The new seats are better in terms of design, technology and sustainability features.
“KLM meets a wide array of its passengers’ wishes with the new seats in World Business Class, Premium Comfort, Economy Comfort and Economy Class. We are delighted to offer these new products and related services to our customers worldwide.”