First glimpse of KLM’s new (but retro-styled) business class

The new cabin will sport forward facing, lie-flat seats, with storage compartments under the seatback screen.

The new look World Business Class cabin. Source: KLM

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.

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The carpets in KLM’s new business class cabins will be made partly from recycled cabin crew uniforms.

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.

A seat map showing the new World Business Class seating layout. Seat 1A offers the most privacy and could therefore be the most coveted seat in KLM's new World Business Class.

A seat map showing the new World Business Class seating layout. Seat 1A offers the most privacy and could therefore be the most coveted seat in KLM’s new World Business Class.

 

What others have said

  1. I always wonder if business travelers sometimes forget that there are also couples and people with children traveling. They would like to seat next to each other and see (!) each other.

    Some of KLM’s destinations are holiday heavy also in C, so therefore the seat map isn’t such a weird step!

  2. What a disappointing cabin layout! Nowadays all major airlines are introducing new Business Class seats that provide direct access to the aisle and then complete privacy and undisturbed comfort for each passenger. I am very surprised KLM could make a mistake which will not go unnoticed by all business travellers.

  3. I am not impressed if you pay that sort of money you defiently dont want a stranger climbing over you when your sleeping. In virgin the seat faces into the aisle so you get complete privacy.

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