May 25 2022  |  Seating

Thomson launches next-gen VantageXL

By Jayson Koblun

The enhanced VantageXL has retained all the features for which it first became popular, including the option of the relaxed lounge position for take-off

Following the success of the VantageXL platform, Thompson Aero Seating launched an enhanced version of its VantageXL. VantageXL offers impressive personal living space, a fully flat horizontal bed, and 100 per cent direct-aisle access.

VantageXL has a minimum seat width of 23 inches and a fully flat-bed width of at least 24 inches.

“With updated modern styling and enhanced passenger comfort, we expect VantageXL’s popularity and success in business class to continue well into the future. A launch customer is already in place with the first delivery planned for early 2023," said Andy Morris, Vice President of Commercial for Thompson Aero Seating in a May 25 press release.

The enhancements to the VantageXL include an extended aisle-side privacy wing, a new multi-function bi-fold table with personal electronic device (PED) holder and improved console surface space. The new version also offers a pivoting multi-position cocktail table, with compact closed stowage, a combined feature light and reading light with integrated headphone hook, and an easy-to-remove table cassette for maintenance. The VantageXL can now accommodate larger monitors of up to 20 inches. Additional options include a translucent divider and a soft touch monitor surround. The new aesthetics and styling were created in conjunction with Factorydesign.

The enriched VantageXL has retained all the features for which it first became popular, including the option of the relaxed lounge position for take-off. The configuration allows for greater individual privacy, or the ‘honeymoon’ option can be selected so that passengers travelling as a couple can enjoy the space together.

The new VantageXL will be available for customers to try for themselves at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg at stand 7A05.

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