Here is Air France's new Airbus A350 business class seat

Here is Air France's new Airbus A350 business class seat

With its all-new Airbus A350 business class seat, Air France hopes to please every passenger.

Want to sit right up against the window and enjoy the view through as many as three large windows? Done. Prefer to be closer to the aisle? Also done.

If you're set for the middle seat, how about being right next to your partner in forward-facing seats...

... and for solo travellers, about as far away from the other passenger as they can get, with seats which angle away from one another?

The unique layout of Air France's newest business class adopts the same 'mix and match' approach as seen in United Airlines' latest Polaris business class.

And that's no accident: for its Airbus A350s, Air France has chosen the same 'Optima' seat which forms the foundation of United's Polaris platform.

Air France's A350s will have 34 business class seats, with first flights tentatively scheduled for September.

Note that the images shown here are of the Optima seat in its dressed-up catalogue form – the Air France version will undoubtedly receive a chic redesign.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

14 comments

  • Susie  Says

    Susie Says

    1 May, 2019 03:22 pm

    C'est si bon! Vive Air France.
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  • Aleks Popovic

    SYDINI

    1 May, 2019 03:40 pm

    It looks like UA’s Polaris or am I mistaken? Kinda funny that they talk about it in a way as if AF is the first airline to do the staggered lay out.
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  • Stefan Kane

    DrSK

    1 May, 2019 05:04 pm

    "And that's no accident: for its Airbus A350s, Air France has chosen the same 'Optima' seat which forms the foundation of United's Polaris platform."
    United apparently has exclusive rights to the platform in the North American market, but given its combination of density and all-aisle access, it isn't surprising that other airlines are adopting it.
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  • kovsky

    kovsky

    1 May, 2019 11:31 pm

    If you had read the article you'd see this: "And that's no accident: for its Airbus A350s, Air France has chosen the same 'Optima' seat which forms the foundation of United's Polaris platform."
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  • GBRGB

    GBRGB

    1 May, 2019 03:46 pm

    Looks like a clever way to get all of those seats in a restricted space but the middle section looks crowded, maybe once you are seated you wouldn’t notice so much.
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  • Blair Coull

    Notso Swift

    1 May, 2019 06:36 pm

    Never flown them (in United) but elbow room in the centre does look compromised
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  • David Key

    keyd82

    1 May, 2019 04:09 pm

    I don't like the aisle-facing seats, But if you can jag a middle seat together or a window seat that would be fine.
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  • moa999

    moa999

    1 May, 2019 05:48 pm

    Assume the angle on the aisle seats enables a denser configuration than say the Vantage XL that QF uses
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  • Balta  Caceres

    Aircraft Lover

    1 May, 2019 09:45 pm

    I think this new Business Class seat is a good improvement
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  • sydney slug

    sydney slug

    2 May, 2019 01:51 pm

    I think the old AF A380 biz is the worst A380 biz i have been in.
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  • Kogglogs

    Kogglogs

    2 May, 2019 02:51 pm

    Looks like 3 different fabric/seat covering types? Eg: hero image (chocolate brown with arched quilted stitching. 1st image (light colour with pattern and parallel stitching. 3rd image (cream colour with wide, straight lined quilted stitching).
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  • David Flynn

    David

    2 May, 2019 03:07 pm

    Those are all promo shots, they in no way reflect how Air France's version of the seat will look.
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  • Phil O'Paistree

    Phil O'Paistree

    3 May, 2019 04:03 pm

    Bravo, parallel in/out/in/out weds wrong way around, peer at your neighbor, 1st generation herringbone. That must just about exhaust all the available permutations. Yawn.
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  • Ian_from_HKG

    Ian_from_HKG

    7 May, 2019 04:18 pm

    "The unique layout of Air France's newest business class adopts the same 'mix and match' approach as seen in United Airlines' latest Polaris business class"

    So - NOT unique, then...
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