Air France’s A350 business-class seat wows AIX visitors


Visitors to Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this week have been able to see Air France’s latest long-haul business-class seat, due to fly from July 2023 on 21 Airbus A350s.

The seat is a widebody version of Stelia Aerospace’s Opera platform, customised in collaboration with Design Investment, with a flat bed almost 2m long, direct aisle access, and privacy afforded by a sliding door. The centre double seats are equipped with a lowerable central panel for controllable privacy.

The seat also integrates a 20in 4K UHD IFE display – the largest in an Air France Business cabin – and also a Bluetooth connection. A new touchpad screen is included for easy browsing of the IFE interface, and personal devices can be paired with the screen.

Air France has selected wool, brushed aluminium and full-grain French leather for the A350 business-class seats and cabin décor

“As a France-based company, Stelia Aerospace is proud to have the French national carrier as its launch customer for this new, innovative and luxurious seat. We are thrilled to support Air France in its constant will to offer the best standards of comfort and prestige to its passengers”, said Thierry Kanengieser, VP of cabin interiors at Stelia Aerospace.

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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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