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Asiana reveals design plans for A380 premium seats

Published: 07/10/2014 - Filed under: Home » News »

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Asiana Airlines has partnered with London design agency tangerine to customise the first and business class cabins on its newly delivered Airbus A380s.

The South Korean carrier currently has two superjumbos in its fleet, with four more A380s on order. Having started service in July 2014 on the Seoul–Los Angeles route, Asiana intends to deploy the aircraft onto more long-haul services in the future.

Asianas A380 first class cabin with twin doors open

tangarine is no newcomer to the design of airline cabins and seats, having been responsible for the development of British Airways’ first class product launched in 2010.

For Asiana’s A380 first class seat design, tangerine worked with B/E Aerospace - world leaders in interior cabin products, to design a number of features. This included the installation of slanted blinds along the twin doors to allow layers of light to enter the cabin space, as well as simplified seat controls with more options.

First class couple seat with mood lighting and new larger in-flight entertainment system (IFE)

Meanwhile, the design agency also made several upgrades to the A380’s existing business class seat. Working alongside Sogerma – the manufacturers of the original business product, tangerine reduced the curve at the front of the shell that encases the seat. By making it squarer and reconfiguring the seat wings, this helps to increase privacy for passengers.

Business class seat in bed position

Standard chair features such as the headphone jacks, USB port, cocktail table and meal tray were also repositioned to be more convenient. Sogerma has been impressed with the changes, with Patrice Boursiquot, the company’s Asia-Pacific general manager stating that “the line of communication with tangerine was excellent and the product is outstanding.”

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