8 OCTOBER 2018
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New Economy and Premium Economy cabins plus a new colour scheme and additional products and services on long-haul flights have been unveiled by Air France for its 15 Airbus A330s, which will be refitted from January 2019 onwards.
Executive vice-president Anne Rigail said the programme represented a further investment of €150m and was “a major step in our overall strategy to move upmarket” which began in 2014.
Improvements in Premium Economy, she said, would include additional space with a 130deg seat recline in a fixed shell; one of the widest seats available, at 48.3cm; and a 102cm seat pitch.
The seats will also offer lumbar support that can be adapted to different body shapes; additional storage space; a wider footrest; and the latest-generation 33.9cm (13.3in) HD screen.
In Economy, there will be more space (44cm) between the armrests; reinforced ergonomic foam in the seat and a 118deg recline; 79cm legroom; a larger tray table, and a wider, latest generation 29.8cm (11.7in) touchscreen.
The new seats will also allow passengers to use electronic devices throughout the flight with a USB plug and an individual electric socket and passengers will be able to stay connected throughout the flight with wi-fi, which is being installed on all aircraft.
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