Continental installs flat-bed seats in its B777s

7 Dec 2010

Continental Airlines (CO) has rolled out new flat-bed seats in all its Boeing B777-200 planes which ply the long-haul routes from its New York/Newark and Houston hubs to Beijing, Delhi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London/Heathrow, Mumbai, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

Installed in the BusinessFirst cabin, the seat can recline to 180 degrees, providing a 6 feet 6 inch-sleeping space in the fully extended position. It claims to be one of the widest business-class seat at 27 inches. It features a power socket for laptop as well as plugs for a headset and a USB device. This iPod connectivity allows passengers to view their personal videos and music list while their iPod is charging. The new seat is fitted with a 15.4-inch video monitors for customers to enjoy on-demand movies, music and games.

“Customers flying to international destinations on our B777s are now assured a flat-bed seat whenever they choose to fly with us,” said Jim Compton, CO’s executive vice-president and chief revenue officer. “We will begin installing them on the rest of our wide-body fleet beginning of next year.”

The flat-bed seats made their debut on Continental planes in November 2009. They are now being installed on the carrier’s fleet of B757-200 aircraft, while the retrofitting of its B767 aircraft with the new flat-bed seats will start in 2011.

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Gigi Onag

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