Over the next few years several new business class setas will be launched.
Lufthansa will adopt a new layout for the business class seats of its coming Boeing 777-9 jets, which will begin flying from 2020. Not only will there be direct aisle access for every passenger, but an alternating 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 pattern means that every second middle seat will be a solo ‘throne’ seat offering additional privacy plus added personal space on either side of the passenger. We guess the seat also will make its way to siblings Swiss and Austrian Airlines.
The seats adjacent to the window will be staggered, with half the passengers located at the aisle while a bench sits between the passenger and the window, while the others are located directly next to the window, with a bench between their seat and the aisle.
British Airways has set a launch date of 2019 for its new Club World seat, a development that will be the cornerstone of its new and improved business class product.
Following recent sleep business class sleep upgrades, the unveiling of the new seat will come just shy of two decades since the airline launched the world’s first fully flat business class bed in 2000.
While we don’t know a great deal about the new seat, we do know that it will offer direct aisle access for all passengers – something not currently offered by its existing product – although the 2-4-2 configuration is expected to remain. We also know it will be installed on the airline’s new wave of Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-10s, as well as possibly being fitted on some of its current aircraft. The seat is reported to offer more privacy, come with more design-oriented touches such as increased storage space, and larger entertainment screens.
Also lining up in 2019 is Turkish Airlines new business class seat, which will be seen on the coming Boeing 787 Dreamliner and follow on the upcomming Airbus A350.
the seat will follow a 1-2-1 layout – finally delivering direct aisle access to all passengers – with what an airline executive described as “high privacy… individual enclosed storage areas and 44-inch knee distance,” which some pundits believe points to a Vantage XL-based design from Thompson Aero Seating.
However, the seat will be exclusive to the Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s and won’t be retrofitted to the current Airbus A330, A340 or Boeing 777 fleet, which carries a mix of 2-2-2 and 2-3-2 in business class.
Turkish Airlines has signed up for as many as 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 30 Airbus A350-900s, with the first six Dreamliners joining the fleet from mid-2019 followed by an initial five Airbus A350s from 2020, according to Australian Business Traveler