July 25, 2024

Air France sets a new standard of travel with its Airbus A350

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Airline: Air France

Concepted Launched: July 2023

Elements: Interior design, Comfort, Technology

In a strategic development to move further upmarket, Air France is rolling-out its most advanced travel standards to date through upgrades in all cabins on its A350 aircraft.

Passengers now enjoy spacious cabins in Business, Premium Economy and Economy with 30% larger windows, an optimised air pressure system which ensures a more comfortable cabin atmosphere and lighting which adapts to the different phases of the flight. In all cabins, customers have access to the inflight wifi offer, Air France Connect via three types of pass, one of which is completely free of charge, allowing customers to send and receive messages or check flight and connections information.

The Three Fs

The Business seat was designed for Air France in collaboration with STELIA Aerospace (Airbus Atlantic’s commercial brand dedicated to cabin interior design), along with designer Mark Collins from Design Investment (a company specialised in the world of high-end transport) and SGK Brandimage, a design and branding consultancy.

As passengers board the aircraft, they are greeted by a backlit signature winged seahorse. The cabin offers 48 spacious Business seats designed around the ‘Three Fs’ concept. The Fs stand for Full Flat: the seat transforms into a real bed 53cm wide and almost two metres long; Full Access: all passengers have direct aisle access; and Full Privacy: optimal seclusion. A new sliding door allows passengers to create a totally enclosed space out of sight of the other passengers, while seats located in the middle of the cabin now feature a central panel that can be lowered to create a convivial space for those travelling together. These front seats also offer extra space in front and feature a personal closet with a vanity mirror and extra storage space. Large windows feature adjustable automatic window blinds.

Air France selected high-quality, soft and natural materials including wool, brushed aluminium and full-grain French leather. Each seat features soft padding and is embroidered with the airline’s trademark red accent. A personal storage unit houses a noise-cancelling headset, a vanity mirror and space for belongings, and a second storage area has been added at the foot level.

Latest tech

Constantly evolving to offer the highest travel standards on the market, Air France has equipped its latest Business seat with cutting-edge technology. Each seat features a wide 20-inch 4K Ultra High-Definition anti-glare screen, allowing passengers to enjoy over 1,500 hours of entertainment on a latest-generation graphic interface. Bluetooth connection allows passengers to use their personal headphones. A new touchpad screen also allows passengers to browse programmes and easily control their entire environment, from adjusting the seat position to adapting the lighting intensity. A “do not disturb” feature is included on the screen. There are USB-A and USB-C ports and a wireless induction charger. The wifi connection available inflight allows customers to connect their personal device directly to the screen and use it as a remote control. Passengers can browse the programme library and view the interactive map while their selected content is displayed on the main screen.

Premium redesign

In Premium, each seat offers 94cm legroom and a 48cm wide seat pan. The seat back reclines up to 121 degrees and has been widened to provide greater privacy and comfort. The seat cushions have been redesigned and now extend up to the shoulder level for a softer experience. The upholstery in a navy-blue herringbone pattern fabric features a refined finish, and the four-position headrest is fully adjustable. These seats also come with a noise-cancelling audio headset, plenty of storage space, an individual reading light and USB-A and USB-C ports.

Ergonomic Economy

Economy seats feature a 46cm wide seat pan, a 119 degree recline and 79cm of legroom. The backrest is ergonomically designed with cushions offering reinforced lateral support. The seat introduces two new features: a personal smartphone or tablet holder integrated into the backrest and both a USB-C and USB-A port.