Monday, May 19, 2014

Air France upgrades La Première class cabins

As it continues its move up-market, Air France will be introducing upgraded La Première class sections on 19 of its Boeing 777-300s later this year.

The refurbishment of the La Première, or First Class, class cabins will include replacing eight existing La Première seats with four La Première Suites on the wide-body planes that fly certain international routes. The upgraded cabins with the four private suites will debut starting in September.

Seats in the new suites will be longer and wider than the existing seats and will feature a new design, an airline spokesperson told TheTravelPro in an e-mail. According to the airline’s webpage devoted to the new offering, the suites will offer “the height of exclusivity as they provide a peaceful environment that combines elegance and style”.

The La Première Suite
The La Première Suites will feature full-height curtains that can be drawn around the suite for added privacy. Each suite will include a wide seat that transforms into a bed over 6.5 ft in length and includes a futon mattress, a large pillow, a fluffy duvet and a soft duvet cover.

”Enjoy all the benefits of a full night's sleep in a comfortable environment worthy of a grand hotel,” the carrier boasts.

Upgrades to the La Première class will include new, Givenchy-branded amenities kits that will replace the current kits with their selection of Biologique Recherche facial and body care products. In addition, Bose noise-canceling headphones will be available for passengers to use during the flight.

In-flight amenities
At present, La Première class also offers passengers their choice from a variety of haute cuisine. Guests compose their meal from a gourmet menu developed by Michelin-starred French chefs, including culinary designers like Joël Robuchon, Régis Marcon, Guy Martin and Michel Roth. In addition, the airline updates its wine list every two months, a feature that will especially appeal to wine lovers who are also frequent travelers.

The airline also boasts “attentive service from our staff at every moment,” made possible by a high flight attendant to passenger ratio in La Première class. That facet of service will not change.

Air France offers La Première class cabins on some of its A-380 and Boeing 777 wide-body jets.

The upgraded La Première class cabins will first be introduced on the 777-300s that offer four classes of service: La Première, Business, Premium Economy and Economy. La Première class will be eliminated from the 777-200s, the spokesperson said. The airline is also considering adding upgraded La Première Suites on some of its A-380s but that project has not yet been confirmed.

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