Air France Plans New Business Class Seat – Same As Cathay Pacific


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Air France is well known for having a “lie-flat” angled seat leaves customers battling gravity when the seat is reclined. But that will change.

Air France will upgrade their Business Class to the same seats as Cathay Pacific, Cirrus Zodiac, according to this article is La Tribune (hint: Google translator). The seats are well regarded as one of the best Business Class seats in the world.

Air France went will customize their version of the Cirrus Zodiac seats. Cathay Pacific and US Airways offer versions of this seat. More recently American Airlines announced they’ll upgrade their Business Class to a version of the seat as well. It’s yet to see how Air France customizes their seat, but they’ve announced the seat will be 100% lie-flat.

According to this Australian Business Traveler article, both the Boeing 777s and the Airbus A380s will receive the new seats.

Bottom Line

This will be a huge improvement for Air France. The current seats on their 777 left me fighting gravity when in the “lie-flat” angled position. I found the sliding effect to be less so on their A380. Even so, these seats will be a boon to Air France’s Business Class product and a gem of a redemption with SkyTeam partner miles or American Express Membership Rewards points.

Does Air France have the best Business Class seat? Not yet, but they made a decision that may change that answer. It will be great to see how their final seats look after customizing it to their needs.

Maybe this is why Delta’s started blocking Air France awards.

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Comments

  1. Hardly why Air France is cockblocking skypesos awards. Not even AF could handle that currency.
    How long will this take?

  2. As a tall Delta Diamond i have completely given up flying Air France/KLM. I have been content with the Delta lie flat seat although it is a bit narrow. Now with new seats on Air France and Virgin coming on line it looks like there will be many more good options to Europe. By the time the new seats are installed maybe AF and Delta will have decent award availability…but that is a big maybe 🙂

  3. Two things worth noting:

    Delta installed these seats on their 747’s and most likely will be installing them on their A330’s…so by using this seat Air France is staying consistent with their SkyTeam partner…

    USAirways was the launch customer for this seat. http://www.flightglobal.com/runway-girl/2009/06/look-who-is-launching-the-cirr.html
    They don’t get NEARLY enough credit for being to first to offer this seat…in fact the title of this post could/should have been “Air France Plans New Business Class Seat – Same As USAirways”

  4. USAirways was the launch customer for this seat.
    They don’t get NEARLY enough credit for being to first to offer this seat…in fact the title of this post could/should have been “Air France Plans New Business Class Seat – Same As USAirways”

    ’nuff said!

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