On 6 June 2023, at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (Germany), STELIA Aerospace and Air France exclusively unveiled the airline’s latest long-haul Business seat.
This seat – OPERA®’s widebody version – has been exclusively designed for Air France. It is based on the 3F concept – Full Flat, meaning that the seat transforms into a real bed almost 2 metres long, Full Access, providing all passengers direct access to the aisle, and Full Privacy, ensuring optimal privacy. A sliding door allows passengers to create a totally private space, and to create a greater sense of privacy for passengers travelling together. The seats located in the centre of the cabin are now equipped with a central panel that can be lowered by pressing it down, thus creating a convivial space in which to make the most of the flight together. Wool, brushed aluminium and full-grain French leather are the noble, soft and natural materials chosen by Air France for the manufacture of its seats and its cabin décor.
This seat also integrates the latest technological innovations. It features a wide 20-inch 4K Ultra High- Definition screen – the largest equipping the Business cabin throughout the Air France fleet – with a Bluetooth connection. It also features a new touchpad screen for easy browsing of the IFE environment and an innovative pairing function for connecting personal devices to the screen. Customers also have Wi-Fi connection during their trip.
This seat will progressively equip 21 Airbus A350s, which are shortly due to join the company’s longhaul fleet. The first aircraft equipped with this new standard of comfort will take to the skies in July 2023.
“As a France-based company, STELIA Aerospace is proud to have the French national carrier as its launch customer for this new, innovative and luxurious seat. We are thrilled to support Air France in its constant will to offer the best standards of comfort and prestige to its passengers”, says Thierry Kanengieser, VP Cabin Interior STELIA Aerospace.
“This new Business seat will offer our customers the highest standards of comfort and technology on board our future A350 fleet. They will be able to privatize their space thanks to a sliding door or share a moment of conviviality when travelling with another passenger. The STELIA Aerospace teams have supported us throughout this seat design project and I would like to thank them for this very successful collaboration.” added Fabien Pelous, SVP Customer Experience Air France.
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