Air France recently revealed a brand new business class seat for the A330, but the airline has different plans for premium passengers on the A350.
The airline opted for the Zodiac Optima seat design for the A350 with a total of 34 seats, each one with direct aisle access (a 1-2-1 configuration). This staggered layout allows for a variety of seats to choose from when booking. For instance, the seats located on either side of the plane interchange between being closer to the aisle or closer to the window. The seats in the middle are ideal for couples or those traveling together because they can fold down and turn into a double bed, whereas the other middle seats are very far apart, perfect for solo travelers.
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Rather than opting for something luxurious such as golds, tans, browns and silver—a beautiful combination that says, “this is luxury”—Air France opted for a neutral color palette using grey, white and blue with almost no red (which would have been nice). As far as the material, the airline has been selecting cloth upholstery for their business class seats, found on the new A330s and Boeing 787 versus leather, which we also hope won’t be the case for the new ones on the A350s.
Other features found on the Air France A350 business class seats include a large entertainment touchscreen measuring 18.5 inches, various storage spaces to keep all your belongings organized and within arms reach, and plenty of legroom. The seat extends to 79 inches long and is 21 inches wide, allowing for plenty of space to stretch out.
Those sitting in the middle aisle can opt for the two seats sitting closest to each other if traveling with a partner or family member because they can turn into a double bed. It’s a trend we’re seeing more of in business class with Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways being one of the first to offer such seat options.
These A350s fly to Bamako, Mali, AMAKO, Toronto, Canada, Cairo, Egypt, Seoul, South Korea and Bangkok, Thailand. Air France A350s featuring the new business class seat will also be expanded to other routes this year.
Have you had a chance to experience these new seats?