KLM Introduces New World Business Class Seats and Interior

 

Photograph of the new World Business Class interior courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Photograph of the new World Business Class interior courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced its new full lie-flat seat for its World Business Class cabin — as well as the renovation of the interior of the cabin itself, including new carpeting, panel decorations, curtains, lighting, blankets, cushions and upholstery.

The fleet of 22 Boeing 747-400 aircraft will be the first to feature the renovated World Business Class cabin — and the number of seats will be reduced from 42 to 35 seats, which will offer storage compartments and increased privacy. The inaugural flight of the first Boeing 747-400 aircraft equipped with the renovated World Business Class cabin is anticipated to occur sometime in July of 2013.

After the World Business Class cabins are renovated inside the entire fleet of 22 Boeing 747-400 aircraft — expected to be completed sometime in April of 2014 — the fleet of 15 Boeing 777-200 aircraft will be next with the renovations, expected to begin that summer, followed by the fleets of Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A332 and Airbus A333 aircraft respectively.

Did I mention that the carpeting was manufactured partly from the discarded uniforms of female KLM flight attendants as part of its innovative and sustainability initiative?

There will be what FlyerTalk members are calling “solo seats” — seats where the passenger will have no seatmate. Reaction is mixed about the new World Business Class product, however — and I do have to agree with the comments about the color. I know that the particular shade of blue used by KLM is rather unique amongst commercial airlines, but I still consider it “Pepto-Bismol blue” — if Pepto-Bismol were blue instead of pink.

Do you plan on trying out the new World Business Class product to be offered by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines?

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  • Hamstereeen at 4:51am April 01, 2013

    Hello,

    I can’t help but to comment as I think the seat looks fantastic! Even the blue colour! It is very lively and really resemble the colourful Netherlands (one of the reason why Dutch cities do not have that depressing feeling of greyness like in most of UK and German cities).
    I personally think adding up colours to the cabin is something that most airline failed to realised, and it makes their cabin looks too formal, boring and dull. Example:

    AA new “J” (grey) and BA (grey and dark blue) seat, the cabin looks really uninspiring.
    Add Delta boring (grey and blue), entering their aircraft sometimes makes me think that London tube has a better design. Adding to that, it shows that those 3 airlines just want to get their seats as cheap as possible.

    So my opinion on the new seat is that it is superb, it was designed thoroughly, it is full of creativity and I am sure the ambiance of the cabin will be as cheerful as the colours! I simply can’t wait to experience it. =)

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