Trying out Air New Zealand’s Business Premier class at AIX 2023


In 2022, Air New Zealand revealed its brand new cabin interior designs, featuring Business Premier class, designed and manufactured with Safran Seats to provide comfort on 17 hour-plus flights. The seats are due to enter in service in 2024 as linefit and retrofit seats in the airline’s Boeing 787-9 fleet.

An event at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2023 in Hamburg was one of the best opportunities to try out the seat, as demonstrated by Kerry Reeves, Air New Zealand’s head of aircraft programmes.

Kerry Reeves explaining the concept behind the seats, of providing a ‘home away from home’ experience

Air New Zealand’s Business Premier class is specifically designed for the Boeing 787 cabin with no compromise, maximising the available space in this aircraft type. Kerry Reeves looks pleased with the design, and rather comfortable

Kerry Reeves demonstrating the companion dining or working possibilities of the Business Premier class seat. Image: Cyril Abad

Visitors at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2023 trying out the Business Premier seat

You can find out more about Air New Zealand’s new ultra long-haul experiences in our interview with Kerry Reeves.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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