Air Asia Becomes First Low-Cost Carrier To Debut Lie-Flat Seats
We knew this day would come. As low-cost carriers embark on ever-longer flights and continue to compete with legacy carriers, they're starting to look into offering up a few perks atypical of LCCs, like say lie-flat first class seats. But Air Asia X has gone further than just thinking about it; they've just installed 12 such spots on A330s and 18 on the A340s, scheduled to fly their long-haul route between London and Kuala Lumpur beginning in June 2010. 28 premium economy seats had to be axed out to make room for these pretty babies, but it'll be well worth it once passengers realize that these lie-flat seats aren't astronomically priced like typical first class.
It's still LCC Air Asia X after all, so don't expect five-star dining and VIP treatment and champagne. They don't even seat-back TVs, preferring instead to explore portable entertainment device options which haven't yet been decided upon. And if you've got a lie-flat seat for that whole flight, who wants to watch TV anyway? Go on and sleep!
Or plug in. The new lie-flat seats will have power sockets for charging your personal entertainment devices like iPods and laptops. And although economy seats gets upgraded from hard black seats to cushier and brighter red and tan leather, they won't have the outlets. There's no exact date yet released for when the new lie-flat seats will hit the skies other than June, but it looks like business class between KL and London that month is running at an affordable $1,600 roundtrip. Book it and you may end up being one of the first to test out the new swank seating.
· Finally, New Seats for Air Asia X! [AirAsia Blog]
· New AirAsiaX Seating for London-KL Route [Business Traveller]
· Airline news [Jaunted]
[Photo: AirAsia blog]