The luxury jet age is here – that is, if you can afford to fly up front.
KLM has unveiled its new World Business Class which will for the first time offer a fully flat bed. The bad news? You’ll have to clamber over your sleeping neighbour if you’re in the window seat.
While not all passengers will get direct aisle access, the new lie-flat seats will provide more room to stretch out: an upgrade that will be welcomed particularly by those travelling on red-eye flights.
KLM is reducing the number of seats from 42 to 35 in the cabin, which is likely to have a knock-on effect on airfares and the availability of award flights, for those wishing to redeem miles.
The airline’s Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius has chosen a colour scheme that ties itself strongly with the KLM brand: midnight blue and cobalt, alongside a rich aubergine shade, brown, grey and white.
KLM will refurbish 22 of its 747-400 aircraft first.
The first flight with the new cabin will be in July and the airline expects the facelift to be completed across its 747 fleet by April 2014.