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A Look at Air France's New Business Class

July 9, 2015 at 10:15 AM | by | ()

A year ago, Air France debuted nifty new business class seats for its Boeing 777s as part of a $500 million investment in new products and services. And now we've been able to see this pricey investment up close.

We recently flew in the new business class cabin on a 777-300ER plane from Paris Charles de Gaulle to JFK. The configuration of seats was shrunk from the normal 2-3-2 layout to a 1-2-1 layout (up in La Premiere there were just four seats).

The best features of the new seats are not just the lie-flat beds which extend to nearly 6.5 feet and come with full-sized pillows and soft duvets, but also the little things that surround it. Like the 16-inch touch screen TV. The screen swivels out to face you and can be adjusted for your height level. Once you're lying flat in the bed, you can control the screen via a remote control. You can choose from a variety of movies and French TV shows as well as music and games.

If you're not lying flat, your seat can recline to other comfortable positions and there's a foot rest in front of you to keep your back in good support.

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Flight Review: Across The Pond on Delta But Back on Virgin Atlantic

May 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

The other week we told you about a very cool in-flight message that popped up on our screen during a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Los Angeles that made us fall in love with Virgin and long-haul travel all over again. Now we're here to tell you all about this airline meet-cute that we had.

See, we didn't intentionally book a Virgin Atlantic flight. This editor actually cashed in American Express points and Delta Skymiles to fly Delta business class over to London. But through a code share agreement, I was put on a Virgin Atlantic flight for the return trip. Which I felt "Meh" about. I had flown Upper Class back in 2010 and definitely liked it, but I fell in love with Delta business class on a flight to Chile last summer. The lie-flat seats truly impressed me. So I was slightly bummed I wouldn't have that experience on the way home. But now, I'm glad I didn't.

Here's my breakdown between the two airlines for the approximately 11-hour flight from Los Angeles to London and back.

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The Multiple Personalities of Air France's New Business Class Seat

Where: France
June 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM | by | ()

Air France realizes that passenger load fluctuates, and since their product is perishable (once a plane takes off, those unsold seats are lost revenue) , they’re hit the chalkboard to brainstorm creative solutions for maximizing passenger comfort while still flying full planes.

The result are new business class cabins across their long-haul fleet, with the unique ability to change up the cabin class when premium travel slows. These seats can be switched into economy class seats, ideal for periods like the summer when tourist and budget traveler numbers to Europe are high and the expense accounts are more likely to stay home.

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KLM is Gonna Get You Laid All the Way to Amsterdam

March 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | ()

We’ve been squished, squeezed, and smooshed into all kinds of economy seats during our long haul travels, so when a new business class product comes along we get pretty darn excited. It’s not just because it makes flying for long periods of time that much better, but it gives us something to dream about when we’re crammed into the coach cabin.

This week it’s KLM revealing some big news, as they’re planning a revamp of their World Business Class seating options. These days it seems like everybody and their moms want lie-flat seats, so KLM has decided to get in on the fun as well.

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Brussels Airlines Upgrades to Lie-flat Sky Beds and More

Where: Belgium
January 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM | by | ()

Brussels Airlines recently announced some major network upgrades and in-flight products and took to social media to brag about their new toys to all their followers. With dramatic unveilings on Twitter and instagram and the final product look on Facebook, the carrier created quite a buzz for their newest seats.

In the front of the plane, the Belgian carrier is launching lie-flat sky beds for intercontinental service with all of the bells and whistles we expect in business class. Super roomy seats with loads of work space is what premium passengers can expect with the addition of a pneumatic setting that allows passengers to pick a 'hard' or 'soft' seat.

Don't worry, there is some fun for economy too! By reducing the profile of their seats, Brussels boasts just about 33 inches of leg room and further recline.

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Four Videos from the Boeing 787 First Delivery in Everett, WA

September 30, 2011 at 4:40 PM | by | ()

As you probably well know by now, we spent several days this week up at Boeing HQ in Everett, WA, peeking around the 787 Dreamliner factory and the actual thing out on the tarmac. We've showed you everything from the slick exterior and interior to the "airplane supermarket," and of course the ginormous factory line.

We captured more than photos, however; there's video too, including the Dreamliner's First Delivery Flight as she takes off for her home with ANA in Tokyo. Here's a few quick videos from our days at the Boeing 787 First Delivery event:

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Inside the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Factory Line

September 29, 2011 at 5:06 PM | by | ()

It is the domain of the chosen: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner factory floor in Everett, WA. The many, many workers underneath this roof are among the brightest and most dedicated, their desks spotless and the building quiet on a Sunday. As one of the small number of people who are invited to visit all the way down to the factory floor, we were honored to get right up close to tomorrow's crop of Dreamliner, still either being put together from pieces at one end, to being shined up on the other.

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So, You Want To Buy A Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

September 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM | by | ()

So, you wan to buy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Our first question is: do you have between $190 million and $220 million dollars? Our second question: do you have somewhere to park it?

If you've answered to both questions above, then it's high time you paid a visit to Boeing's Dreamliner Gallery, a 787 shopping mall of sorts, where airline customers come to pick out all the goodies they want inside—from seats to bun warmers. It's a nice building all its own, and pretty much a playground for anyone who enjoys airplanes.

There's an entire room just for economy, business class and first class seat options, and a wall of TVs for in-flight entertainment choice. Lavatories galore, crew galleys empty of their ovens, and a another wall just for showcasing the variety of ovens and coffee makers that may be installed.

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Inside ANA's Boeing 787 Dreamliner on First Delivery Day

September 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

The celebration is still going strong today in Everett, WA as Boeing and ANA welcome the first finished and delivered 787 Dreamliner to the skies. We mean literally, as today focused on seeing off the fresh bird as she took flight towards her new home in Tokyo.

It's been a long and different road for all parties involved in the 787, and it's crazy to step inside and walk the aisles, sit in the seats, poke the seatback TV screens, and think all the sweat that went into this moment.

We won't bother with the colorful adjectives as the photos speak for themselves. And now, the interior of ANA's Boeing 787 Dreamliner:

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Our First Look at Air New Zealand’s New Boeing 777, Including the SkyCouch!

December 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM | by | ()

Earlier this week, we took a pre-holiday jaunt up to Seattle for a quickie tour of the Boeing factory, including visits to the 777 and 787 production lines, with the final goal being a tete-a-tete with Air New Zealand’s new SkyCouch-equipped 777-300ERs.

At their flagship facility in Everett, Washington, just outside Seattle, we heard about the company’s strategic planning for the future and it’s twin-pronged strategy of promoting the 777 and 787 as complementary components of an airline’s service. As the giant planes ever so slowly inched along on their assembly lines, we learned that although Boeing is only turning out 5 777s monthly right now, the plan is to increase productivity to 8.3 a month by 2013, for a grand total of 100 a year.

And then we were off to visit the big guns: the 787 Dreamliner and Air NZ's new baby, a shiny 777-300ER.

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Continental's BusinessFirst Seats Are All About Business, Less About Fun

December 23, 2010 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

About a year or so ago, Continental Airlines started to roll-out new BusinessFirst lie-flat seats on some of their airplanes. Last month, we lucky enough (not really lucky, as we paid for the privilege) to squeeze into these new seats on a 757-200 from LAX to EWR and test out all that they have to offer. But first, let's address the name BusinessFirst.

BusinessFirst is one of the crazier-sounding names out there. Is it business class? Is it first class? No, it's BusinessFirst! Does this mean it's business class with some first class amenities or vice-versa? And is it better for business travelers rather than leisure travelers? The answer is no. This is essentially first class with modern technology upgrades so that business travelers who need to do work on the plane will have the ability to do so (minus the WiFi, that is.)

Still, the name bugs us but obviously, Continental wants to woo in business travelers. On the bright side, it is easy to shorten the name by just calling it BizFirst which does sound cooler. Now, onto the seats!

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First Photos of Cathay Pacific's New Business Class Seats, Perfect for Sleeping 'In Any Position'

December 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

And we're back, live from Hong Kong, to reveal the big news that had Cathay Pacific inviting over 3,000 of their most frequent flyers to come check out. Many announcements dropped only a couple hours ago, the most important of which is the debut of newer, wider, fancier business class seats.

We've been rolling through our photos like gangbusters, after posting the very first images online of the new seats via Twitter, and now—without further ado—here are Cathay's new biz seats with lie-flat beds, with the space to allow "passengers to sleep in any position."

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