Over the past two years, Air France has unveiled a brand new business class seat for its Dreamliner, and more recently a fresh lounge for passengers to relax in, in Charles de Gaulle. But the B787 isn’t the only aircraft that received a makeover. Starting this year, the airline will be installing another business class seat across all of their Airbus A330-200s.
Air France has invested $150 million USD into redesigning all three cabins on this twin-aisle widebody jet, which will feature 36 seats in business class, 21 seats in premium economy and 167 in basic economy. Air France has integrated its color palette of blues and champagnes throughout the entire aircraft, along with hints of leather on the armchair, side panels and other areas throughout the premium cabin and seat.
If you’ve flown aboard their other A330s, you will notice a huge upgrade, although the configuration remains the same, in a 2-2-2 layout. The entire business class cabin has been designed for the best comfort for long-haul flights, with features such as a seat that can convert into a fully-flat bed measuring 78.7 inches long and 22.4 inches wide, a privacy panel located in between the two seats that you can slide left/right, luxurious bedding, and LED mood lighting to ease you into a restful flight.
Aside from the sea itself, there’s also an HD entertainment touchscreen that measures 18.5 inches featuring 1,400 hours of films, TV shows, music and more to help pass the time, accompanied by an even better handset than previous designs to help control the screen (rather than having to reach every time you want to change whatever you’re watching).
If you’re looking to get up away from the comfort of your seat, you can head over to the bar in the center of the cabin, full of drinks, sweets and snacks for every business class passenger to enjoy. Who could say “no” to midnight or midday snack?
The seats and bar are not the only upgrades for the premium cabin. Starting in July, business class passengers will be able to snag a new Air France amenity kit offering Clarins products in their newly designed 85th-anniversary bag. The amenity kits vary in design and color, and all will contain moisturizing cream and hand cream by Clarins, toothpaste and toothbrush, earplugs, floss, an eye mask and a pen.
Can’t wait to test it out? The new A330 Air France business class will be available on routes from CDG to the U.S. (Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago), India (Delhi, Bengaluru), and a few cities throughout West Africa (Niamey, Lagos, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Accra).