In 2019, business class passengers flying on British Airways A350s will enjoy sitting in seats that meet their demands. The seats – manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating – feature more storage space plus direct access to the aisle. It remains to be seen, however, if BA will add more customization.
Even when it comes to simply sitting, British Airways‘ (BA) business class passengers are a discriminating bunch. But those flying in BA’s Club World section on-board its new Airbus A350 craft, reports PaddleYourOwnKanoo, will soon be able to look forward to sitting in seats that have been tailored to meet their demands.
When it comes to features, the outlet reports that, “We now know the product will feature a wider seat with direct aisle access for every passenger, gate-to-gate seatback entertainment, increased storage, and more privacy.”
“At it’s most basic, the seat ticks all the boxes that customers have been demanding – direct aisle access and increased storage being the two most common items on frequent flyers wish lists,” it adds.
The seat itself – named as the Vantage XL – is designed by Thompson Aero Seating, a UK-based company. The Vantage XL is already in use with several different carriers, including SAS, South African Airways, Delta Air Lines and Qantas.
While BA is purchasing an off-the-peg product, the outlet reports that it remains to be seen if the carrier will opt to further customize the seat. The carrier is expected to take delivery of its first A350s – complete with these new seats – in 2019.
Offering insight into wider cabin improvements at the carrier, the outlet adds that, “While British Airways has promised a significant investment in its product and services over the next few years, the new seat will initially only be fitted to a handful of brand new A350’s and a small number of retrofitted Boeing 777’s.”