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The new business class seat…that doesn’t recline


Ever sat in a lounge chair so comfortable you wished this was how you could travel on a long haul flight? That’s the Collins Aerospace AirLounge™ seat.

 

 

Rather than building from a traditional seat design, designers instead looked to lounge furniture for inspiration. The seat is designed to maximise your comfort, space, and freedom to move during a long-haul flight.

 

Finnair is the launch customer for the Collins Aerospace AirLounge™ seat and plans to roll it out across Finnair’s entire long-haul fleet of A330s and A350s.

 

“We wanted to rethink business class and create more of a residential environment, emulating the comfort you would expect at home,” David Kondo from Finnair’s Customer Experience team, who led the design work for the new Finnair long-haul experience, said.

 

 

“By doing away with complicated seat mechanisms and using 3D curved shells, we’re able to provide a larger flexible living space. This allows you to move more freely and take up different positions that traditional aircraft seats do not allow.”

 

An exclusive space that you can make your own

The seat’s innovative fixed contoured shell with no recline enables a wide variety of sitting and sleeping positions: you can sit at different angles, rest your feet on the ottoman or use infill panels to create a large flat surface. 

 

 

A mattress and duvet turn the space into a comfortable bed, and you can use the cushy pillows to relax in a variety of sitting positions. The high cocoon like shell of the seat provides privacy, while the divider between central seats can be lowered when travelling with a companion.

 

The lighting options in the seat allow tailoring the ambiance of every customer’s own “nest”. Along with a customised lamp that doubles as a reading light, a do not disturb light is included if total privacy is desired. The in-seat lighting complements new cabin mood lighting designed in partnership with Jetlite to combat the effects of jetlag. The design scheme is inspired by Nordic nature, complete with the northern lights as the cabin is dimmed for sleep.

 

 

The various storage options within the seat include spaces for personal items, laptop, and all pillows and blankets; all certified for taxi, take-off, and landing, so customers can settle in right away and have their essential items conveniently at hand right from the start of the journey.

 

The flexible table can be used to read, dine or work. Each seat comes with impressive connectivity, including USB A, USB C, PC power, and wireless mobile charging. All of Finnair’s long-haul aircraft are equipped with internet connectivity.

 

The Inflight Entertainment System comes with a new more user-friendly, customised interface and a wider 18-inch screen, making time onboard fly.

 

All images: supplied

 

 

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Published: 13 February 2022

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