Refresh for Air France long haul business

21 Sep 2010 by AndrewGough

Air France this morning (September 21) unveiled a €110 million makeover of its business class seat, though it remains angled lie-flat.

Air France says that the new seat has “a new seat structure, offering a lie-flat seat-bed measuring over two metres in length, simpler and more practical controls, new storage space and a new screen in 16:9 format.”

Over the next three years, some 40 Air France aircraft (Airbus A330 and A380, Boeing 777) will be equipped with the new cabins.

The new seat is still built into a fixed shell structure and has an integrated fixed footrest “which offers the passenger a more stable sleeping position when adjusted into the bed position. New relaxation positions, with legs extended, are now also possible including during taxiing, take-off and landing.”

Air France new business class

Other features include a “softer” leather headrest, preset positions allowing for the seat to be converted into “a near-horizontal bed, over two metres in length, making it one of the longest beds on the market, and 61 cm wide.” And a new 15-inch video screen, in 16:9 format, featuring the latest-generation in-flight entertainment system offering over 500 hours of programming.

The seat also has a 110 volt plug, compatible with six or seven different plugs, including European and American models, a directional reading light and noise reducing headsets. Amenities include a kit containing travel socks, a sleeping mask and earplugs, a shoe bag and shoe horn, earphone covers, a toothbrush, comb and a Clarins skincare product.

Air France new business class

Air France says that this summer it had 101 long-haul aircraft, representing 4,650 business class seats. The business class cabins range in seating capacity between 30 and 80.

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Report by Tom Otley

Facts and figures

  • 73% of the customers are men
  • 70 % travel on business
  • Over 50% of customers have connecting flights at Paris
  • 80% are aged between 30 and 60
  • 37% of customers are French, 21% North American, 20% European, 10% African-Middle Eastern and 7% Asian.

Air France new business class

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