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  • Joe Breitfeller

Air France Unveils New Business Class Seat and a More Sustainable Catering Offer

Updated: May 14

Air France continues their upmarket move with the introduction of a new Business Class seat and a more sustainable catering offer. The carrier’s new standard of Business travel will successively make its debut this autumn on 12 Boeing 777-300s.


Air France's New Boeing 777-300 Business Class Cabin

On Tuesday (May 10, 2022), Air France introduced their new Business Class seat which will debut this fall on 12 Boeing 777-300s, as the carrier continues their move upmarket. When customers board the refreshed Business Class cabin, they will be greeted by a backlit winged seahorse, the airline’s iconic symbol. The design of the seat has been based on the three ‘F’s, meaning Full Flat transformation into a real bed of nearly two meters long, Full Access with direct aisle access for all guests, and Full Privacy. With a new sliding door, passengers can create a completely private space, out of view from other customers. The seat’s padding adds softness and a feeling of coziness, while wool, brushed aluminum and full-grain French leather are the noble materials which have been selected by Air France for the manufacture of the seats. Additionally, each seat has been embroidered with the airline’s trademark red accent.


For passengers traveling together, the seats in the center of the cabin now feature a central panel that can be lowered, thereby creating a convivial space. The new seats also feature a wide 17.3-inch 4K HD anti-glare screen with a noise reducing headset, as well as a new Bluetooth connection, which allows guests to use their own headphones, and several electric sockets. Air France’s new standard in Business Class travel will be progressively rolled out on 12 Boeing 777-300s from September 2022, with each aircraft configured with 48 Business Class seats. The first newly equipped aircraft, named ‘Fontainebleau’, will make its debut this fall with service to New York-JFK.


Air France's New Boeing 777-300 Business Class Seats - Gallery Courtesy of Air France


Air France is also installing their latest Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins on these aircraft, with 48 and 273 seats respectively. Each cabin will be decorated in the brand’s signature navy blue, white and red colors. Premium Economy Class guests will enjoy a recliner-type seat model already available on the carrier’s Airbus A350s which is wider and features 96 cm of legroom and a generous 124 degree recline. Each seat has also been equipped with noise-reducing headphones, as well as USB A and C ports. Economy Class seats also meet the highest standards of comfort in the industry with a wide 43 inch seat pan, a 119 degree recline and 79 cm of legroom and a USB A port. The backrests of the seats have also been ergonomically designed to provide reinforced lateral support. Seats in both Premium Economy and Economy Class have been equipped with a 13.3 inch 4K HD screen with a Bluetooth connection and over 1,000 hours of on-demand entertainment.


Air France's New Premium Economy and Economy Class Seats - Courtesy of Air France


Additionally, Air France is committed to offering their long-haul guests on departure from Paris a more sustainable dining experience with fresh and nutritious French produce. Business Class guests will enjoy a range of vegetarian, refined meat, poultry and fish dishes created by France’s leading Michelin-starred chefs. In Premium Economy, customers will also be treated to a unique catering offer, while Economy Class meals will be Nutri-Score A or B- certified. By the end of 2022, all flights departing Paris will feature menus with meat, dairy and eggs of French origin, fish from sustainable fisheries, and a choice of vegetarian dishes fully-prepared in France, as well as kids and babies’ menus made from fully-organic ingredients.


As Part of Their Move Upmarket, Air France Has Also Introduced a New Brand Video - Courtesy Air France


To prevent food waste, Air France will also progressively introduce the option for customers to pre-select their hot meal in Business Class prior to departure. The carrier is further committed to reducing 90 percent of single-use onboard plastic items by the beginning of 2023, and continues to develop eco-designed items that are made from bio-based materials such as bagasse and cellulose. Air France’s comprehensive sustainability efforts, including catering, are all grouped under the Air France Act label. For more information on the program, please click here.



Source: Air France