Korean Air has revamped its long-haul business class (‘Prestige Class’), with a new seat design, termed the ‘Prestige Suites’, which will debut on an A330-300 flying the Guangzhou, Singapore and Hanoi routes.
The suite has been designed to optimize cabin space, while also maximizing comfort, space and privacy for customers. The armrest automatically slides down out of sight when the seat is in fully flat bed-mode and allows the seat width to increase to 22.5in, compared with the previous model’s 21in. For privacy, panels are installed between the seats, while for more sociable flyers the ottoman, as well as serving as a footrest, can also be used as a companion seat – during meal service, for example. Another major feature is that window seat passengers have direct access to the aisle – a valuable feature, aided by the increase in pitch of 12in for the window seats compared to the previous configuration – bringing it to 87in. The suite is also equipped with a touchscreen IFE handset, as well as upgraded displays – now with capacitive touchscreen technology, HD, and an increase to 17in.
Korean Air has a further 38 aircraft on order – six A330-300s, 12 B777-300ERs, 10 B747-8is and 10 B787-9s – which will all will be delivered equipped with the new suites.
The airline has further exciting news though, as later this year it plans to introduce a brand new first class, complementing the new ‘Prestige’ class but taking spaciousness, stylish design and comfort to “an even higher level”.