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.
It’s currently unknown what the new Air France A350 business class seats will look like, but Safran, which now controls Zodiac, has developed a look, tone and feel (featured above) on what it can look like. We hope that Air France will take a new approach to the color palette versus their typical greys and blues, and opt for something luxurious such as golds, tans, browns and siliver—a beautiful combination that says, “this is luxury”. Furthermore, Air France 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 anywhere between 17-18.5 inches, various storage spaces to keep all your belongings organized and within arms reach, and plenty of legroom. The Zodiac Optima is designed to extend up to 83.5 inches long when converted into a fully-flat bed.
As mentioned earlier, 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.
The only known routes at this time will be from Paris to different cities in Africa including Côte d’Ivoire, Bamako, Abidjan and Mali. Air France A350s featuring the new business class seat will also be expanded to other routes, but those are still to be determined. Are you looking forward to the new seats? We definitely can’t wait to see the finished product.
For a better visual tour, check out the video below, courtesy of Safran.