January 20 2023  |  Seating

Air France’s new long-haul cabins enter service

By Alex Preston

Air France’s new Business Class cabin features a full-flat bed

The first 777-300ER aircraft equipped with Air France's latest long-haul cabins has today made its maiden flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to New York-JFK. Named "Fontainebleau", this aircraft will then serve Rio de Janeiro airport in Brazil from January 21 and Dakar in Senegal from January 22.

The French carrier will continue to refurbish its remaining 777-300 ERs in its long-haul fleet will with these new cabins, initially to these first three destinations during the winter season, before expanding the network during the year.

Passengers boarding the aircraft are greeted by a backlit winged seahorse, embodying the company's founding myth and rich history.

The airline has redesigned its Business class seat, which now transforms into a full-flat bed, almost two meters long. Each of the 48 Business class seats have sliding doors, with those located in the center of the cabin having a central panel that can be lowered by pressing it down, creating a convivial space in which to make the most of the flight together. The seat also features a 17.3-inch 4K High-Definition anti-glare screen with a noise-reducing headset, a new Bluetooth connection allowing passengers to use their own headphones and several electric sockets.

The airline’s Premium Economy seat includes an integrated noise-cancelling headphone

Premium Economy cabin (48 seats), features the latest recliner-type seat model already available on its Airbus A350, while further improving its comfort. Each seat offers 96 cm legroom. The seat cushions have been redesigned and the navy blue herringbone fabric adds further softness. The seat back reclines to 124 degrees and has been widened to provide greater privacy. A new noise-reducing audio headset is integrated into the seat and is easy to use at any time during the flight. The seat also features USB A and C ports.

In the Economy cabin (273 seats) each seat has a wide 43 cm seat pan, a 119 degree recline and 79 cm of legroom. The backrest is ergonomically designed, offering reinforced lateral support. It is also equipped with a USB A port.

The seats in these two cabins are equipped with a wide 13.3-inch 4K High-Definition screen with Bluetooth connection.

Across all cabins, passengers have access to Air France Connect, the airline’s connectivity platform. The Air France Connect portal offers three passes, including a completely free pass allowing passengers to send and receive messages and access information about flight connections.

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