Airline rolls out new business class as air travel recovers
Wednesday 22 September 2010
Air France has unveiled its new business class cabin, saying that the new two-meter bed is one of the longest on the market.
The airline, which is investing some €110 million in its business class cabin, will offer the new seat on long-haul services from the end of this year.
The lie-flat seat bed uses a footrest to extend its length to over two meters in the bed position and is 61 centimeters wide.
It also uses a shell structure to offer more privacy to passengers, along with simplified buttons to change between positions and lighter materials, which make it more environmentally friendly.
Air France has also widened the video screen to 15 inches (in a 16:9 widescreen format), offering a noise-reducing headset for passengers to use while watching one of the 85 feature films on offer.
Earlier this year, Europe's three major flag-carriers - Air France, Lufthansa and British Airways - all rolled out new first class cabins, touting new features and improved comfort and quietness for passengers.
Air France says that by investing in its business class cabins during the economic crisis, it's now in a perfect position to look after premium passengers during the recovery - which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says is well underway.
In June, demand for premium tickets was 16.6 percent higher than June 2009, and airlines such as Singapore and Qantas have also reported a recovery in premium ticket sales.
On September 21, IATA dramatically increased its forecast profits for the airline industry, to $8.9 billion (€6.78 billion) from the $2.5 billion (€1.9 billion) forecast in June.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 I was raped by another man. And now the Government wants to take away the one thing that saved my life
- 2 Preston fan who appeared to snatch Jermaine Beckford's shirt from eight-year-old boy identified and says: 'the truth will come out'
- 3 Priest warns pupils the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' is 'demonic activity'
- 4 Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
Does Ryanair charge for allocated seating?
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
Travel in London expected to grind to halt in taxi driver slowdown against Uber
The most powerful passports in the world
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
£32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...
£27K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Che...
£24K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Events Coordinator ...
Salary 42,000: Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: The CEO is responsible ...