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Part 3 of 3: 15 upcoming airline seats for style and comfort

Published: 20/04/2017 - Filed under: Home » News »

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In part three of 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.

Virgin A330 Upper Class

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic has revealed its revised A330 Upper Class seating which has been redesigned in the style of the B787 product.

Between now and early 2018 Virgin Atlantic will be refitting all ten of its A330 Upper Class cabins.

The aircraft will feature a similar layout and design to the B787 Dreamliner, which will ensure the airline’s business class offering is more consistent across the fleet.

Features include new Upper Class seats, more overhead locker space, a redesigned bar, and the latest touchscreen technology in each suite.



Delta will launch a new business class product when it takes delivery of its first Airbus A350 this year.

Billed as the “world’s first all-suite business class” product, each new Delta One (business class) seat will feature a sliding door, transforming the space into a fully-enclosed suite, with a fully-flat seat covered in a “memory foam-enhanced comfort cushion” material.

The new suites will also offer dedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops, as well as universal power outlet and USB port, and an 18-inch TV screen.

The Delta One cabin will feature 32 seats, split across eight rows, in a 1-2-1 configuration, with all seats having direct aisle access.

Air France B787 business 

Air France

The French flag carrier debuted a new business class seat on its B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft earlier this year.

The seat converts into a two-metre fully-flat bed, with Air France saying that “Everything has been designed to ensure an impeccable quality of sleep, with soft seat cushions, a silky duvet and an XXL feather pillow”.

There are a total of 30 business class seats, with a 42-inch pitch, configured 1-2-1.

The aircraft also features new economy and premium economy seats – premium economy offers “a seat that is 2.5 cm wider, a seat recline of 130 degrees in a fixed shell and more legroom”, while economy seats feature “adjustable comfortable headrests, ergonomic seat cushions, a latest-generation individual screen extended to 28 cm, power outlets and headphone holders”.

Qantas Premium Economy 


Qantas has unveiled its new premium economy seats which will debut on its B787-9 Dreamliners in 2018.

The seat features a recline motion that shifts various parts of the seat to support your body as the seat reclines, as well as a redesigned headrest which can be fitted with a specially designed pillow, and a new footrest design.

They will be located in a separate 28-seat cabin and will be configured in a 2-3-2 layout, offering 10 per cent more width than the carrier’s current premium economy seat.

Iberia premium economy


Iberia has launched a new premium economy seat which will be fitted to 37 of its long-haul aircraft from this summer.

The seat is wider than the current economy seat at 19 inches, and seat pitch is 37 inches.

Seat recline has also been increased by 40 per cent compared to economy, and the premium economy seat features a larger IFE screen (13 inches compared to nine in economy).

Other features include adjustable head and foot rests, noise-cancelling headphones, and an “exclusive amenities kit”. Premium economy passengers will also benefit from priority boarding and disembarkation, an extra suitcase allowance, upgraded dining options and “other privileges”.

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