Air France to Introduce New Business-Class Cabin This Fall

Air France in September will launch a new 48-seat business-class cabin on 12 Boeing 777-300s, the company announced Wednesday. The first flight with the new cabin will depart from New York-JFK, with the remaining 11 planes progressively rolled out afterward.

The new seat design will convert into a flat bed almost two meters long (about 6.5 feet) and include a new sliding door for passengers to create a private space. All seats will have direct access to the aisle. Seats located in the center of the cabin will be equipped with a central panel that can be lowered for passengers traveling together.

Seats also will feature a wide 17.3-inch 4K high-definition anti-glare screen with a noise-reducing headset, a new Bluetooth connection and several electric outlets, according to Air France.

In addition, Air France will include 48 premium-economy seats in an updated cabin already available on its Airbus A350 aircraft. The seat offers 96 centimeters (nearly 38 inches) of legroom, and the seatback reclines to 124 degrees and has been widened. A new noise-reducing audio headset is integrated into the seat, which also features USB A and C ports. These seats will also have a wide 13.3-inch 4K high-definition screen with Bluetooth connection, according to the carrier.

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