French flag carrier Air France has revealed its new Economy and Premium Economy cabins to the world, and there’s a touch of the familiar and the fresh about the offerings.
Presented at travel show IFTM Top Resa, the new cabins and services will be rolled out across Air France’s 15 Airbus A330s from January 2019, while extra products, services and designs, including a new colour scheme, will be progressively added to all of the carrier’s long-haul flights.
Among the features of the impressive new economy class is more legroom (79cm), greater width (44cm), a 118-degree decline and reinforced ergonomic foam in seats as well as a larger tray table and a wider, newer 29.8cm (11.7-inch) touch screen.
In Economy, new colours are also being added to seats like the “deep blue monochrome” fabric with the familiar Air France symbol adorning cushions and headrests, and the company’s iconic bright red on its blankets. A range of collectible new night masks are also available.
Electronic devices will be catered for with USB plugs and individual electric sockets, while WiFi is being progressively rolled out across the fleet.
In Premium Economy there is a focus on “privacy and elegance”, with enhanced features like a 102cm seat pitch, 48.3cm seat width, 130-degree seat recline in a fixed shell, a wider footrest, flexible lumbar support, extra storage space and a latest-generation 33.9 cm (13.3-inch) HD screen.
Additionally, the softer seat cushions and wider leather armrests have also been redesigned.
On the catering front, passengers will be welcomed with an oshibori to freshen up, while cabin crew will offer flyers a glass of champagne in a brand new glass - because this is a French airline - at aperitif time.
Meals will be served on re-imagined tableware, while self-serve "My Little Gourmandises" gourmet snacks are available on flights longer than 8 hours 30 minutes.
Passengers on longer flights will receive a "Bon Appétit" breakfast bag with snacks to take with them or to eat on board, and on arrival, French-style candy.
“Today we are celebrating the arrival of our new products and services in our Economy and Premium Economy long-haul cabins, for an even more comfortable and relaxing travel experience,” Air France Customer EVP Anne Rigail said.
“With a further investment of 150 million euros in the cabins of our A330s, this is a major step in our overall strategy to move upmarket, a strategy that has been underway since 2014 and which will result in our 15 Airbus A330s being equipped as from 2019."
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