The Dreamliner is one of the best aircraft designed by Boeing, and more and more airlines are debuting new business class seats on their Boeing 787s that are remarkable. Some of these include EL AL, Qantas, Air Canada and Korean Air.
Just recently, EVA Air, the second largest Taiwanese carrier, revealed their new business class on their first Dreamliner. It’s also named the Royal Laurel, but it has been completely redesigned—this time by BMW’s Designworks, which captures the notion of space.
One of the Design Directors at BMW Designworks, Johannes Lampela, stated how they “wanted EVA’s business class experience to be fresh and memorable for passengers and to make service, design, and brand all work together,” with the goal of taking a “proven seat platform and make[ing] it unique to EVA.” And unique it is.
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The new cabin is designed in a 1-2-1 configuration with a total of 26 seats. Each EVA Air business class seat measures 23 inches wide and converts into a fully-flat bed that measures 76 inches long. For those sitting in the middle, privacy is not an issue as a panel has been installed allowing you to raise or lower it automatically, depending on if you’re traveling alone or with another fellow traveler. So for those who are adventuring solo, we recommend booking a window seat for the most privacy.
Other features include a large stowage space that’s been built-in beside the seat, and a large shelf to store your laptop, smartphone, tablet or any other item you may need within arms reach for the duration of your flight. There’s also a tray table that’s extremely large—pull out your laptop and paper and you can accomplish a lot without worrying about finding a surface to put it all on.
Are you going to take a break from your personal devices? Then make sure to take advantage of the 18-inch entertainment touchscreen, offering movies, TV shows, games, enVoyage Inflight Magazine and Duty-Free shopping.
The overall cabin is also remarkable, displaying soothing shades of grey mixed in with the airlines branded green. LED lights have been installed throughout, lights that change from blue to a yellow/orange depending on if it’s time to sleep, eat, land or takeoff. The LED mood lighting has become increasingly popular with newer cabin designs, as it aids passengers to properly transition as they travel between time zones.
EVA Air has purchased four Boeing 787-9 planes for 2018 and is planning to purchase additional Boeing 787-10 planes in 2019. All will feature the new version of Royal Laurel business class.
Ready to experience the new premium seat? Starting this month in October, EVA Air will fly their Dreamliner from Taipei and Hong Kong, and then from Taipei to Japan. Additional routes will be added, but they have yet to be announced.