Qantas passengers connecting in Singapore for the Red Roo's codeshare flights to Paris have an upgraded business class seat to look forward to on Air France's Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 planes.
It's an incremental update of Air France's previous 2010 seat, with small increases to length, width and personal space that add up to a respectable set of improvements.
Now over two metres long and 61 cm (24 inches) wide, the airline is calling it a "full sleep seat" -- though it's still an angled lie-flat seat, not a fully flat bed.
So what's changed? An Air France spokesperson explained to Australian Business Traveller, "the architecture of the new seat was completely rethought to bring more comfort and simplicity: introduction of a fixed foot rest, new bed angles, additional stowage, simplified seat controls, et cetera."
More than half of Air France's long-haul fleet is already equipped with the new business seat, with 61 percent planned to be outfitted by the end of 2012.
Heading to Paris on Air France's A380? Check out:
- Air France's fantastic new terminal and lounge complex at Paris Charles de Gaulle
- Our hand-picked guide to the best seats in business class on Air France's Airbus A380
About John Walton
Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.