The airline company Air France prepare a new cabin The first one which should be the longest on the market, and will be installed in “several aircraft” long-haul.
After unveiling its new Business class seat, the French national carrier announced on May 24, 2022 that it had started “working on the design” of a travel cabin The completely new premiere, “thus confirming its desire to continue to offer its most exclusive and elegant service, regularly rewarded for its quality and excellence”. Having entered its design phase, this new concept will be unveiled during the winter season. 2023/2024. According to the Air France press release, the future cabin intends to “be the longest on the market and offer up to 3 living spaces modular and totally private for an ever more exceptional trip: a seat, a chaise longue and a completely flat bed”.
This new First class will be offered on a number of aircraft “larger than at present”, Air France is content to specify. Currently, La Première is only available in 19 of its 43 Boeing 777-300ER, with four seats in this cabin, 58 in Business class, 28 in Premium and 206 in Economy, these planes “flying this summer to emblematic destinations in North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East”. i.e. an offer limited to 76 seats in the entire fleet now private to Airbus A380 (9 La Première seats in the ten units previously operated, with a cabin that has not been renewed since entry into service, unlike the Triple Seven product which was awarded by Skytrax in 2018 and 2019). In 2021, Skytrax ranked La Première 5th in the world, and its lounge at the airport Paris CDG like its seat in 4th row, with catering taking second place (Air France was then 10th in the overall world ranking and first in Europe).
If it does not announce anything officially, the “several aircraft” of the press release seems to confirm that the company of the SkyTeam alliance will install this new La Première cabin in its Airbus A350-900, the only recent long-haul aircraft and of which it is still waiting for 21 copies after having received 17 configured to accommodate 34 passengers in Business class, 24 in Premium and 266 in Economy. But it is also possible within ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (in 30+21+228).
” La Première concentrates the highest level of French excellence and is an intrinsic part of Air France’s DNA. Even at the height of the Covid crisis, we were able to observe the attractiveness of such an offer for our customers, particularly on the North Atlantic axis, on which the occupancy rate in the La Première cabin is now more higher than in 2019. We look forward to unveiling this new cabin which promises to be at the highest level worldwide said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM. Already at the end of 2020, he estimated that there is ” a long term place for First Class, announcing its desire to invest in the front class.
This large-scale project “is part of Air France’s upmarket strategy, which also covers the renewal of the fleet, the renovation of the lounges and the development of a more sustainable catering offer, signed by starred chefs in the Business and La Première cabins”.
After unveiling a new comfort standard in the long-haul Business cabin, #Air France announces today that it is working on the design of a completely new La Première travel cabin. https://t.co/ERwiUbfZao pic.twitter.com/AqIkeKbWLo
— Air France Newsroom (@AFnewsroom) May 24, 2022