KLM to Renew Cabins of 14 Boeing 737-800s by March 2022
KLM has started renewing the cabins on 14 Boeing 737-800s. The first aircraft has already returned to service and the remainder will be completed by March 2022. The new cabin design is 700 kilos lighter than the previous version, resulting in significant fuel savings.
On Thursday (April 29, 2021) KLM announced that they are in the process of renewing the cabins on 14 Boeing 737-800s, which are mainly utilized on European routes. The first aircraft has already returned to service and the remainder will be completed by March 2022. The cabin renewals are being completed by KLM’s Engineering and Maintenance division and the new design is 700 kilos lighter than the previous one. The new ergonomically-designed Business and Economy Class seats offer more comfort and extra legroom and feature upholstery made of mostly recycled leather. With a 20 percent lighter average weight, the new seats will save 58 tonnes of fuel and 184 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
In Thursday’s announcement, KLM’s Executive Vice President – Customer Experience, Boet Kreiken, said,
“KLM wants to offer its passengers even more comfort and style on European flights, while reducing the CO2 emissions of flights. That is why KLM continues to invest in its on-board product and sustainability, so we can continue to meet our customers' expectations and emerge stronger from the crisis.
Additionally, the newly refurbished aircraft are equipped with W-Fi, in-seat USB charging, larger overhead bins and LED mood lighting, creating a fresh and soothing atmosphere, depending on the time of day. As previously announced, customers can purchase Wi-Fi vouchers on KLM’s free inflight portal. As always, passengers get 30 minutes of complimentary messaging.