Korean Air to launch new premium seats

26 Jan 2009 by Mark Caswell

Korean Air will introduce a fully-flat business class seat to its offering this May, when it takes delivery of its new B777-300ER aircraft.

The carrier’s current Prestige Plus business class seat is angled lie-flat (at 10 degrees from horizontal), but the new offering will be fully flat, with a seat pitch and width comparable to the existing seat.

Korean Air’s first class will also see a revamp, with the larger fully-flat seat measuring 27 inches in width and featuring a 23-inch TV screen and updates IFE system. The seat pitch (82 inches) will remain the same.

The new seats will be installed on Korean’s three 777-300ER aircraft due to be delivered this year, with the airline planning to debut the aircraft on its New York and Los Angeles routes. Three existing 777 aircraft are also due to be retrofitted with the seats before the end of the year, with the entire fleet gradually being retrofitted with the new offering.

Korean Air says it will also fit the new seats on it forthcoming Airbus A380 superjumbo and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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