Last month, the airline unveiled the new Zodiac Aerospace Cirrus seats it will be using to create what it calls a “cocoon in the sky” as it continues its move up-market. The seats are a variant of those used by American Airlines, which I was delighted to experience and report upon in 2013.
|Window seating in Business Class|
Each seat will include the latest technology, including a 16-inch high-definition touch screen with more than 1,000 hours of entertainment, new noise-reduction headphones, a USB port, a touch-screen handset, and an electrical outlet. Additional space and multiple storage areas will be close at hand, according to the airline’s news release announcing the new seats.
|Side-by-side center configuration|
Air France will be installing more than 2,100 new seats across all 44 of its Boeing 777 long-range fleet over the next two years, with the first upgraded aircraft to begin flying in June 2014 between Paris and New York. According to French newspaper Le Figaro, the base price of each seat €55,000, but almost doubles to €100,000 by the time it's customized to the airline’s standards.
|Business Class "Cocoon in the sky"|
Although it’s an expensive project, “[I]t's an investment which Air France must make as it faces increased competition, especially from the ambitious Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar,” the publication Australian Business Traveller said in a Feb. 4 article on the topic.
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