Air France is rolling out a new business class cabin for its Airbus A330s, and some travellers will be in for quite a treat with one jet already sporting the fresh new look.
Up to 30 March 2019, you’ll find the new birds on some flights from Paris to Ghana, Burkina Faso and Houston. From 31 March that list extends to more destinations in Africa, along with Delhi, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas.
All of the airline’s fifteen Airbus A330-200s are slated for a tip-to-tail transformation by the end of 2020, which will see business class trimmed slightly to 36 fully-flat seats, although the new seats retain the old 2-2-2 arrangement.
Apart from the lack of direct aisle access, the rest of the seat ticks all the boxes – privacy dividers between pairs, an eye-pleasing 18.5" (47cm) HD entertainment screen and a bed that stretches to 2m long and 57.1cm wide.
A self-service bar with a selection of snacks and drinks will also be set up during the treks across the Atlantic and to other long-range international destinations.
The cabin interiors are spruced up with a focus on ambient lighting, complemented by a bright and bold colour palette which feature in the cabin décor and in-flight amenities.
The refreshed Airbus A330s features Air France’s latest high-speed WiFi service with three service tiers, ranging from a free allowance for messaging apps up to a €30 (A$47) high-speed plan for the entire duration of the flight.
While Air France is a foundation member of the SkyTeam alliance, the French flag-carrier partners with Qantas through a QF codeshare on daily Paris-Singapore and Paris-Hong Kong flights featuring Air France's Boeing 777-300ER,