Part 2 of 3: 15 new airline seats coming to market
In a three part series, we take a look at some of the new and anticipated airline seating products. From the Qatar Airways Q Suite to Asiana’s Economy Smartium and the new Qantas Dreamliner premium economy, the next generation of inflight experiences will change our perceptions of inflight comfort and luxury.
Emirates unveiled its new B777 business class in March 2016, with the first aircraft featuring the seat delivered in November, and all newly delivered B777s set to offer the product.
The fully-flat seat features a larger TV screen, expanded personal meal table, improved lighting options and redesigned privacy panels, literature pockets, foot rests and show stowage areas.
Emirates describes the new offering as “evolution as well as revolution” – cabin configuration will remain 2-3-2, and the total number of business class seats on the B777 will also remain at 42.
Delta has unveiled details of its new premium economy seat which will debut on the carrier’s A350 aircraft from this year.
Called Delta Premium, the seat will feature a seat width of up to 19 inches, and a pitch of up to 38 inches.
There will be adjustable leg and head rests, a 13.3-inch screen with noise cancelling headphones, and inseat power “for large and small devices”.
Cathay’s A350-900 aircraft feature a new business class seat, configured across two cabins, with a larger front cabin of 30 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration and a rear smaller one of 1-2-1 with just eight seats.
The Zodiac, Studio FA Porsche-designed seat has retained the sculpted seat shell, but seat pitch is up from 43 to 45 inches, with the lie-flat bed remaining at 75 inches long.
The ottoman and side bench above a storage bin are padded and become part of the bed area, meaning more space for feet and knees when sleeping on your side, and there is a “Do not Disturb” and “Wake-up Call” feature, while the personal TV is now up to 18.5 inches in size.
*****Note: Cathay Pacific is set to modify and in some cases replace these new seats on some of its A350 aircraft, due to “seat and surface finishing defects”.*****
The US carrier has begun rolling out its all-new United Polaris business class seat on its B777-300ER aircraft, with existing B767-300s and B777-200s, and forthcoming B787-10s and A350-1000s also set to get the seat.
Features include a fully-flat bed with direct aisle access, mood lighting, several storage areas, “multiple surfaces for simultaneous working and dining”, electronic privacy dividers and 16-inch HD TV screens.
British Airways has ordered 9,000 Recaro SL3510 seats for a fleet of new A320/A321 neos which will delivered in 2018.
These Recaro slimline seats are similar to those used by Lufthansa for its new fleet of advanced A320 neos, which operate the German carrier’s busiest and most important routes in Europe.
And the SL3510 seat is identical to the seating with which Easyjet has already fitted to its Airbus fleet.
Not only is the SL3510 seat slimline but it weighs a mere nine kgs (per seat). These seats will allow BA to increase A320neo accommodation from 168 to 180 seats. There will also be greater seating density on its A321neos from 205 to 218 seats.
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