Thompson Aero Seating has released some exciting news—the introduction of VantageSolo, a business class seat for smaller aircrafts such Boeing’s 737’s, and Airbus’ A320neo and A321neo. We believe it’s the best of its kind, with direct aisle access and lie-flat beds for everyone sitting in the premium cabin. Usually, you can only enjoy these type of seats on large jets flying long-haul.
So what can we look forward to, exactly? Let’s take a look at how Thompson has designed this long-awaited single-aisle businesses class seat.
Nicknamed the “Solo”, these next-generation seats take on the favorable layout—the herringbone—that converts into a fully-flat bed. The seat itself is 21 inches wide with a 33-inch pitch, which tends to be the average for long-haul, upper-class cabin seats.
Moreover, the seat features a small table, and a storage area for your wallet, phone, keys, and other smaller items. A mirror has also been installed in the storage area, so you can skip the line at the lavatory and powder your nose without having to get up.
Each business class seat is equipped with a flat-screen entertainment system, (however the size of them can slightly vary depending on the airline’s preferences), as well as AC and USB power sockets, and a side hook for your headphones. Everything is within reach, so it’s perfect for all sorts of travelers.
As you can see in the image above, the seats are side-by-side. In order to prevent your neighbors from keeping their eyes on you, Thompson has designed dividers to allow for just the right amount of privacy. However, if you are traveling with family and/or friends, those privacy doors can be adjusted for social interaction.
The Solo design may remind you of the business class on Qantas Boeing 787, Cathay Pacific (before their recent refresh), and Delta’s new Delta One business class suites aboard their Airbus A350’s.
At this time, Malaysia Airlines is the only confirmed buyer of these new single-aisle businesses class seats, but Virgin Australia will soon follow. It’s still a mystery if other airlines will revamp their smaller jets as demands and expectations for business class travelers continue to rise, or if they will keep holding on to their older-generation, reclining business class seats.