If you’re familiar with China Eastern’s premier cabins aboard their Boeing 777-300ER, then wait until you see their newest business class product aboard the A350.
China Eastern A350 now has business suites that are completely enclosed—it will make you feel like a first class passenger with a smaller price tag. Set to take flight next year from Shanghai to Sydney and back, those flying aboard this aircraft in this new seat will have an excellent product to look forward to.
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Although each suite is private, they are not all alike. If you’re lucky, you can score one of the seats at the front of the cabin, which can be converted into a “community area”—the ones in the middle row can be folded in a way that can seat up to four people. To give you a better picture, here’s how this works: there’s a table that comes out from the middle, becoming a larger table perfect for each of the four travelers, and the ottomans located underneath the TV screens come out and form a seat. (It somewhat reminds us of Qatar Airways Qsuite.) Another feature that these China Eastern business class seats offer is a 32 inch TV touch screen and a mini-bar. It’s a truly private experience that’s as good as first class, but are a little more expensive than the other seats found in the main business class cabin.
China Eastern business class seats are all facing towards the front of the plane and laid out in a 1-2-1 structure, which includes the four premium business class options mentioned above. These seats also have ottomans that can seat a traveler across from you (for those not traveling solo) and have an 18-inch entertainment touchscreen. Other features include three-point seatbelts for better comfort, AC and USB power outlets to keep your devices charged at all times, near-field communication (NFC) systems (think Apple/ Google Pay) that you can use to buy duty-free, storage, and even wireless headphones—say goodbye to those strings!
These seats are a major upgrade, and China Eastern is one of those airlines that tend to be overlooked, but shouldn’t be—especially now.