Air France A330 Business Class Update
Air France is a part of Skyteam. I have traveled on them previously when I used to have status with Delta.
Air France operates a variety of aircraft including 777, A380, A330, A340.
Until recently, Air France only offered lay flat seats in First Class. They have recently been updating the 777 aircraft business class to lay flat seats. The 330’s have been left with the older angles flat seats in a 2-2-2 setup.
When I traveled on Air France business class it was on the 380 which also featured the angled flat seats in the same configuration. I was surprised that they did not install lay flat seats on the 380 as the trend was already in motion when the aircraft debuted.
I thought the seat was uncomfortable based on the angle. In addition, having to jump over the person next to you in order to access the aisle was not enjoyable.
With the new announcement, this means that the A330 aircraft are getting a much needed refresh.
Air France will be updated the business class cabin to a 1-2-1 configuration with lay flat seats and aisle access. They have selected the reverse herringbone style seats used by many different airlines. The new seat models look excellent and it will be a great upgrade.
This is the same seat that Air France added to the 777 update. Other bloggers have posted about their experience in the new business cabin on that aircraft. Overall it sounded like a great update.
One Mile at a Time posted the following picture of the new seat as well as he reviewed the experience on the 777:
I think it is great news when airlines update their cabins. I am always surprised when I board a newer aircraft that has the 2-2-2 business class configuration as that is just behind the current trend.
I experienced that on Japan Airlines on the 787 which debuted a couple years ago. That aircraft remains with the angled flat seats. I wrote about the experience in the following post: JAL San Diego to Tokyo Narita
What do you think about Air France’s recent announcement on the 330?
Photos: Airline Flyer, One Mile at Time, Air France