May 12 2022  |  Airline & Terminal News

New Air France cabin to fly in the fall

By Rick Lundstrom

The new Business Class cabin on Air France will fly first on the airline's route to New York JFK in the fall

Air France has unveiled its new long-haul cabin, reasserting the French-style art of travel in an aircraft look that will debut this fall.

This seat’s design is based on the 3 “F”s – Full Flat, meaning that the seat transforms into a real bed almost two meters long, full access to the aisle and enhance privacy. A new sliding door allows passengers private space out of sight from others in the cabin. To create a greater sense of privacy for passengers traveling together, the seats located in the center of the cabin are equipped with a central panel that can be lowered by pressing it down. The seat also features a wide 17.3-inch 4K high-definition anti-glare screen with a noise-reducing headset and several electric sockets. A Bluetooth connection allows passengers to use their own headphones.

Design elements include a backlit winged seahorse, embodying the company's founding myth and history. The seat’s padding adds softness and a feeling of coziness. Wool, brushed aluminium, full-grain French leather were chosen by Air France for the manufacture of its seats. Each seat is also embroidered with the airline's trademark red accent.

Progressively rolled out on 12 777-300s staring in September 2022, each aircraft will be equipped with 48 seats in Business Class.

Screens with 4K resolution and Bluetooth audio are part of the new Business Class offering

Air France is also installing its latest Premium Economy (48 seats) and Economy (273 seats) seats on board. Each cabin is decorated in the brand's signature colors: navy blue, white for light and contrast, and hints of red.

Named Fontainebleau, the first aircraft equipped with these new cabins and a Wi-Fi connection will fly to New York-JFK this fall.

In the Premium Economy cabin, Air France is introducing its latest recliner-type seat model already available on its A350, while further improving its comfort. Each seat offers 96 centimeters of 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, the seats have a 43-centimeter-wide seat pan, a 119 degree recline and 79 centimeters of legroom. The backrest is ergonomically designed, offering reinforced lateral support. It is also equipped with a USB A port.

The seats in the two cabins are equipped with a wide 13.3-inch 4K high-definition screen with Bluetooth connection for enjoying more than 1,000 hours of on-demand entertainment.

Air France is committed to offering all its long-haul passengers on flights departing from Paris a dining offer with nutritious French produce. In the Business cabin, France’s Michelin-starred chefs design vegetarian dishes as well as refined meat, poultry and fish dishes. In Premium Economy, passengers now enjoy a dedicated meal. In the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, the meals are systematically Nutri-Score A or B-certified.

By the end of 2022, on all flights departing from Paris, the company is committed to offering in all its cabins meat, dairy products and eggs of French origin, fish from sustainable fisheries fully prepared in France. Air France will also offer kids and babies’ menus made from fully organic ingredients.

In its fight against food waste, Air France is also progressively introducing the option for customers to pre-select their hot dish in Business class before departure. The service combines the guarantee of customer choice and a more rational consumption. The company is also committed to recycling and eliminating 90 percent of single-use plastic items on board its aircraft by the beginning of 2023. Air France is continuing to develop eco-designed in-flight items that are manufactured from bio-based materials such as bagasse and celullose. Items that can no longer be used on board are donated to charities.

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