LATAM Airways' new business class is set to take flight on the airline's latest Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, alongside the older Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 fleet.
The seat presents a familiar face to many business travellers, with LATAM opting for the Vantage XL platform from Ireland's Thompson Aero Seating – a design best known for its role as the Qantas Business Suite of the Airbus A330s, Boeing 787s and soon the Airbus A380s.
Passengers can look forward to mod cons such as direct aisle access, a wide console for keeping documents, laptops and other items close at hand, and a shelf where that kit can be tucked out of the way until needed.
Other welcome comforts on LATAM's longest flights will include the fully lie-flat bed and an 18-inch HD video screen.
The seats have been styled by London-based design firm PriestmanGoode, which also undertook an elegant yet modern refresh of the business class cabin in subdued tan and grey tones.
"It was important to us to imbue the aircraft with a sense of place, but LATAM Airlines Group encompasses a lot of different countries and therefore different visual identities," explains PriestmanGoode project lead Daniel Sohi.
"We decided to look through commonalities in landscape as the key element that draws everything together, with the design language of the business class cabin drawing inspiration from and reflecting iconic architecture seen throughout South America."
The standout example is a marble-effect granite for the cocktail table, "which visually references the beautiful veining seen in aerial photographs of the Andes mountain chain."
The staggered layout sees each row alternately placing the middle seats right next to one another (with a sliding privacy divider between passengers) or puts them next to the aisle (with each seat's wide shelf separating the passengers)...
... while window seats are either directly next to the window or the aisle.
Both pairs of options provide a little more choice for passengers based on their individual preference, as well as if they are flying solo or travelling with a partner.
LATAM says the seats are the end result of a three year journey which has included consultations with passengers and travel experts, seat trials and ergonomic tests with customers and cabin crew, as well as 'simulated flights' with sleep trials over a two-week period.
While headlining on LATAM's newest aircraft, the new cabins will be rolled out to over 200 aircraft through a retrofit programme over the next two years.