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Fixed-shell seating for Air France premium economy passengers

Air France has taken delivery of its 60th Boeing 777, to be used on its Caribbean-Indian Ocean network from Paris Charles de Gaulle. This latest 777-300ER is equipped with 14 "full sleep" longer and wider Business Class seats, as well as a more luxurious premium economy offering.

The Alizé (premium economy) cabin, with 32 seats, offers all the comforts of a private space, thanks to its fixed-shell seat offering 40% more space than the 422-seat Voyageur (economy) cabin.

The Alizé cabin's fixed-shell seats were developed by B/E Aerospace to offer numerous benefits for passengers. The seat slides into a fixed shell without bothering the passenger sitting just behind, thereby preserving each passenger’s personal space. Air France is the first European airline to offer the choice of a fixed-shell seat in an intermediary cabin.


Inside the fixed shell, the seat reclines to 123°, providing an optimum rest position with plenty of legroom. The seat is also equipped with a legrest which can be adjusted in height and an adjustable footrest, as well as an adjustable headrest with folding sides. The seat cushion is 19in-wide (48cm) with 10cm-wide leather armrests. The seat pitch is close to 1m (38in, or 97cm).


To ensure a maximum amount of legroom, Air France has integrated the seats’ video controls into the seat structure, which are usually located at foot level. The space between each seat has been modified so that passengers are not bothered by lights from other seats when sleeping or watching a film.


The seat’s features include a laptop socket, a wide tray with plenty of room for newspapers and a glass, an individual reading lamp, a fixed cocktail tray on the armrest, and noise-reducing headphones for optimum audio and video reception.

In the Alizé cabin, each passenger has a preserved personal space thanks to the new fixed-shell seat, meals designed by Michel Nugues, chef at Servair, an amenities kit, a bottle of water and noise-reducing headphones, as well as a free baggage allowance of two bags each weighing up to 23kg.


The Alizé cabin is also available on Air France's Airbus A340, which operates the Cayenne route.


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