This year delivered a wealth of new aircraft cabins. From Virgin Atlantic’s lounge area to Brussels Airlines’ boutique hotel in the air, airlines are pushing the envelope of what’s possible at 35,000 feet. Join us on a world tour of the innovative interiors programs announced in 2019.
LATAM Airlines Group’s New Cabin Interiors by PriestmanGoode
LATAM Airlines Group worked with PriestmanGoode to design new cabin interiors that reflect common natural elements of the South American airlines’ countries and cultures. The new business, LATAM+ and economy cabins will be retrofitted on over 200 aircraft over the next two years. These interiors will also be linefit on LATAM’s new aircraft.
The new LATAM business-class seats are customized Thompson lie-flat seats with direct aisle access, roll-up privacy barriers and 18-inch in-flight entertainment screens.
Air France’s New Airbus A330 Long-Haul Cabins
Air France invested €140 million to upgrade the passenger experience on 15 Airbus A330 aircraft by 2020. The airline revealed new A330 long-haul cabins featuring 36 business, 21 premium economy and 167 economy seats. The new business seat transforms into a bed measuring 2 meters by 0.571 meters and features an 18.5-inch HD touch screen.
In premium economy on its A330, Air France introduced a 48.5 cm-wide fixed shell seat with 130° seat recline and 102 cm seat pitch. Comfort features include adaptable lumbar support, personal storage space, softer seat cushions, wider leather armrests and a wider footrest. Customers can be entertained with a 13.3-inch HD touch screen.
The new A330 economy seat offers ergonomic foam, more space between armrests, 118° recline, 79 cm legroom, a larger tray table and a 11.6-inch HD touch screen.
Brussels Airlines’ Airbus A330 Boutique Hotel Concept
Brussels Airlines introduced a boutique hotel in the air concept for its Airbus A330 aircraft. Developed with JPA Design, London, it introduces new business-class, premium economy and economy-class products that feature natural materials like woods and leather and are inspired by Belgian Art Nouveau.
Business class seats 30 passengers in a staggered configuration. The adaptable seat can be converted to a lounge sofa or a 2 meter-long fully flat bed and includes a 15.6” HD screen that can be tilted to adapt to all seating positions.
The premium economy cabin seats 21 in a 2-3-2 configuration. It offers passengers 23% more legroom than economy seating, with a 40° seat recline and footrest. Passengers can also enjoy in-flight entertainment on a 13.3-inch HD touch screen.
British Airways’ Airbus A350 Club Suite
British Airways’ new A350 features the airline’s new Club Suites in the 56-seat Club World cabin. Configured in a 1-2-1 configuration, the suites give all passengers direct-aisle access and a privacy door. There is 40% more storage room for personal items, including a vanity unit and mirror. Entertainment and productivity features include Wi-Fi connectivity, 18.5-inch screens and PC/USB power outlets. The airline partnered with The White Company to create amenity kits and luxurious bedding for customers, and offers a new restaurant-style fine dining experience with new table settings.
British Airway’s three-class A350 will also feature the latest World Traveller Plus cabin, with 56 seats, and the World Traveller economy cabin with 219 seats.
Virgin Atlantic’s New A350 Upper Class and The Loft Lounge
Virgin Atlantic’s new A350 features an entirely redesigned Upper Class cabin and a lounge area, called The Loft, designed to allow passengers to socialize.
Laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration, every business-class seat faces towards the window and offers deployable privacy screens. Each seat has 44 inches of pitch, and can transform into a fully flat bed of up to 82 inches. The seats also feature 18.5” and an intuitive new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system that can be controlled by the passenger’s own personal electronic device.
The leather premium economy seats are equipped with 13.3” IFE screens and offer a 7” recline, more space for storage of personal items, and a four-way adjustable headrest. The airline offers three economy products: Economy Light and Economy Classic each have 31 inches of pitch, and Economy Delight has a 34-inch pitch. Each economy seat features an adjustable headrests and 11.6-inch screen.
JAL’s New International Boeing 777-300ER Cabins
Japan Airlines (JAL) announced a new cabin interior design that will be retrofitted on its international Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, adapting the cabin design of the airline’s newly launched domestic A350-900 aircraft. The Infused Essence design strategy developed by tangerine captures the traditional and innovative spirit of Japan, with contemporary aesthetics to appeal to both local and international passengers.
Tangerine developed over 10 bespoke lighting themes for Infused Essence, reflecting Japan’s seasons and natural landscapes. A Sakura lighting scheme will celebrate cherry blossom season during March and April. There are also lighting programs customized for different phases of flight including welcome on board, taxi, takeoff, mealtimes, sleep, wake and relaxation.
Turkish Airlines’ New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Interiors
Turkish Airlines’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features a bespoke, all-new business-class cabin. The airline had placed 25 firm and five optional orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner last year, which will be gradually added to its fleet between 2019 and 2023. Configured in two classes, the Turkish Airlines Dreamliner includes 270 economy-class, and 30 business-class seats.
Business class is configured in a 1-2-1 layout and offers all-aisle access, enhanced privacy panels, personal closed stowage space, a vanity mirror and a wide cocktail table, as well as 44 inches of legroom and a 180º fully flat, 76-inch long bed. An adjustable panel between the paired middle seats, and newly designed seat shell, enhance privacy. The IFE system includes an 18-inch HD video display and touchscreen remote control.
Economy class seats on the airline’s first six Dreamliners will be equipped with 12-inch HD screens. Later aircraft deliveries will feature economy seats with 13” HD screens, a multi-function literature pocket, 6-inch recline and 31 inches of legroom.
The airline also introduced new destination-themed lighting programs inspired by the colorful sunsets of Turkey’s central Cappadocia region and the land’s eponymous turquoise beaches.
ANA’s New 777-300ER Cabins
The result of a five-year collaboration between Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma and British design firm Acumen, All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) new interiors take inspiration from hospitality, blending Japanese heritage and Western design principles. They were introduced on the airline’s Tokyo/Haneda-London route.
New cabin products include two new private-door enclosed seating spaces. “THE Suite” in first class features a a 43-inch 4K resolution monitor. “THE Room” in business class marks the airline launch of a customized Safran Fusio seat. Both first-class and business-class seats will feature new programmable lights made by Panasonic, custom-designed specifically for ANA. They will enhance passenger wellness through a natural sunrise program as well as lighting schemes to improve comfort, sleep, reading and dining.
SAS’ New A350 Cabins
SAS welcomed the first of eight Airbus A350s into its fleet, introducing new a livery and refreshed cabin interiors. Named Ingegerd Viking, the aircraft will enter long-haul service on January 28, offering three distinct classes.
SAS Business has 40 seats that each become a lie-flat bed measuring at least 1.96 m long. Each business-class seat is equipped with an 18.5-inch HD screen. Productivity features include PC-power and high-power USB, and a new bi-fold tray table including a personal device holder. The welcoming area at the entrance door will serve as a refreshment bar for SAS Business travelers.
The separate SAS Plus cabin features 32 seats, each with leg rest and foot support, a 13.3-inch high-resolution screen and PC-power and high-power USB.
SAS Go has 228 economy-class seats, each with an 11.6-inch high-resolution screen, a high-power USB outlet, a bi-fold meal table and a water bottle holder. Travelers in SAS Plus and SAS Go can also enjoy refreshments from a special snack shop on board.