Air France Debuts Its New Business-Class Seating

As part of its more than $687 million Best and Beyond initiative to upgrade amenities on long-haul flights, Air France has unveiled its newly redesigned business-class seating. Conceived by Mark Collins of Design Investment, which has previously created cabins for Airbus and Lufthansa, the new business-class seating is designed with comfort and privacy in mind. The seat’s gentle curves envelop the passenger and create a distinct personal space, while its padded headboard blocks peripheral distractions. Passengers looking for some shut-eye during transit can transform their chair into a completely flat bed and enhance their respite with a complimentary duvet and extra-large pillow. All seats have direct aisle access, and each is equipped with a 16-inch high-definition touchscreen that can access a library of more than 1,000 hours of movies and television. For more productive passengers, the seat features an electrical outlet, a USB port, and noise-reducing headphones. The new business-class accommodations will be installed on 44 of Air France’s Boeing 777 airliners, which make up the bulk of its transatlantic fleet, between June of this year and summer 2016. (www.airfrance.us)

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