Air France unveils swanky new cabins for long-haul A330s

Ooh la la! Air France unveils swanky new cabins for long-haul A330s, which feature roomier business class sections (but economy is more cramped)

  • The new cabins will be retrofitted to 15 aircraft over the next year thanks to an investment of 140million euros
  • There will be 36 seats in the business class cabin, 21 in premium economy and 167 economy seats 
  • The seats in business now convert into lie-flat beds, which the airline says will promote ‘jet lag-free flying’

Air France has unveiled swanky new travel cabins for its long-haul A330 aircraft.

The new cabins will be retrofitted to 15 aircraft and all will receive the upgrade over the next year thanks to an investment of 140million euros (£122million/$159million).

There will be 36 seats that convert into lie-flat beds in business class, which also has a self service bar, 21 premium economy seats and 167 economy seats.

Air France has unveiled new travel cabins for its long-haul A330 aircraft. Pictured is the revamped business class cabin 

There will be 36 seats that convert into lie-flat beds in business class. Each will be two metres long (6ft 5in) and 57.1cm wide, with the airline saying they will help promote ‘jet lag-free flying across time zones’

The seats in business class will be two metres long (6ft 5in) and 57.1cm wide, with the airline saying they will help promote ‘jet lag-free flying across time zones’.

According to SeatGuru, the previous business class seats were only angle-flat rather than fully flat, with a smaller width of 53.3cm.

What’s more, the number of business class seats has decreased from 40 to 36, so deep-pocketed fliers will have more room all-round for manoeuvre.

A sliding panel between the new seats gives total privacy while the carrier says ambient lighting will ’emphasise the details of the new cabin’s decor’.


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Each business class passenger will also be able to enjoy a brand new, extra-wide HD touch-screen measuring over 18.5 inches, up from 16 inches, with over 1,400 hours of entertainment on tap.

Meanwhile the toilets and the self-service bar in a blue and Champagne colour scheme have been redesigned ‘with customers’ well-being and comfort in mind’.

The new cabins will be retrofitted to 15 aircraft and all will receive the upgrade over the next year thanks to an investment of 140million euros. Pictured is a new business class seat 

The self-service bar, pictured, in a blue and Champagne colour scheme has also been redesigned ‘with customers’ well-being and comfort in mind’

Each business class passenger will be able to enjoy a brand new, extra-wide HD touch-screen measuring over 18.5 inches, up from 16 inches, with over 1,400 hours of entertainment on tap 

In premium economy, the seats will have a pitch of 102cm, be 48.5cm wide and recline by 130 degrees in a fixed shell, with lumbar support that can be adapted to different body shapes.

Previously, the premium economy seats had a smaller pitch of 96cm, according to SeatGuru. 

The seat cushions and leather armrests have also been redesigned. 

Premium economy passengers will also benefit from additional storage space, a wider footrest and a 13.3 inch HD screen.

Customers in this cabin will also get a red feather pillow, deep blue blankets, a personal power outlet and two USB ports.

In premium economy, pictured, the seats will have a pitch of 102cm, be 48.5cm wide and recline by 130 degrees in a fixed shell

Economy seats, pictured, are equipped with a personal power outlet and a USB plug, allowing customers to use their electronic devices throughout the flight

The economy seats will have more space between the armrests and reinforced ergonomic foam – and will recline 118 degrees and have a 79cm pitch.

But, according to SeatGuru, the old economy cabin seats had an 81cm pitch, so the new seats have slightly less legroom. 

The tweaks to the seat pitch has enabled Air France to squeeze in an extra 20 seats in economy, with the number rising from 147 to 167.  

However, the tray tables will be larger and every seat will have a wider, latest generation 11.6-inch 16:9 HD touch screen.

Economy seats are also equipped with a personal power outlet and a USB plug, allowing customers to use their electronic devices throughout the flight.

The Air France A330s will fly between Paris and Accra in Ghana, Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Houston during the winter season 

They can also enjoy a wide range of entertainment with the audio headset they will find on their seat as soon as they settle in.

Until the end of the winter season Air France customers will be able to enjoy these cabins on flights from Paris to Accra in Ghana, Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Houston.

As from the 2019 summer season, the new Airbus A330 will also progressively serve Cotonou in Benin, Lagos in Nigeria, Niamey in Niger, Bengaluru and Delhi in India as well as Seattle, Chicago and Dallas in the US. 

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