Air France Unveils New Business Class Cocoons

Air France has unveiled its brand new long-haul business class seat.

Set to be rolled out this summer across the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777s, the new business class cabin will feature ‘cocoon-like’ seats, which are curved to enclose passengers and offer more privacy. All seats will have direct aisle access, and recline 180⁰ to form fully-flat beds.

The new business class seats also come fitted with 16-inch (41cm) in-flight entertainment screens, with a tablet-style interface. The IFE system will offer more than 1,000 hours of movie, TV and music content in 12 languages, including French, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic. Passengers will also be offered personal electrical sockets and USB ports, along with new noise-reduction headphones.

“Within the framework of its Transform 2015 plan, Air France is continuing to develop the move upmarket of its entire range of products and services called ‘Best & Beyond’. With an investment of over EUR500 million (US$676m), this project aims to place Air France at the best possible level in terms of products and to make a difference with a caring attitude towards its customers,” the airline said in a statement.

In total, 2,102 new business class seats will be installed on 44 of Air France’s B777s between June 2014 and summer 2016.

The roll-out of the new business class seat follows recent upgrades to Air France’s economy class cabin, which features a brand new seat with more legroom, touch-screen IFE monitors and plug sockets.

Air France currently operates a fleet of B777-200ERs and B777-300ERs on its long-haul routes