Posts Tagged ‘Airbus A330-200’

Qatar Airways Business Class

Qatar Airways Business Class provides a comfortable and spacious environment for passengers. They offer an exceptional in-flight experience and are listed as a 5 star airline by Skytrax.

On top of the cabin experience, Qatar Airways offers a rare experience with their Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport exclusively for business and first class passengers. Making it a very attractive transit point and ideal hub of choice if not making Doha your final destination.

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Business class seating on the Boeing 777’s is fully flat which is an enhancement on the angled lie-flat seats found on the long-haul Airbus aircraft. The product if fairly similar, though Qatar Airways has upgraded the product to the latest industry benchmark. It is likely that Airbus aircraft will be retrofitted in the future to have this fully flat business class seat.

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Air France Business Class

Affaires is the international business class cabin for Air France. The latest product was introduced on the Airbus A380, which is a slight variation on the Affaires product available on other long-haul aircraft.

It is designed to maximize space where passengers are able to relax, work and sleep when and how they want. Contour Premium Aircraft Seating designed Affaires with attention paid to in-seat performance and durability. The outcome being a stylish business class product. The colour tones of blue and beige create a calm and tranquil seating environment.

The main differences between Affaires on the Airbus A380 and other Air France long-haul aircraft is when in the sleep position it goes fully flat, it is wider and the seat pitch is closer. The original version of this Affaires product was launched with Boeing 777-300ER services which first took to the skies in 2007.

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Etihad Airways Business Class

The carriers from the Middle East are setting global standards for the rest of the world’s airlines to keep up with, Etihad Airways is no exception.

Etihad Airways is a very young airline based out of Abu Dhabi, having launched in February 2003 and established as the national airline of the United Arab Emirates by a royal decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa.

The airline is world acclaimed and has picked up awards from: Skytrax, World Travel Awards, Business Travel Awards, Business Traveller, Inside Flyer and Aviation Business Awards.

Pearl Business Class is the name of their Business Class product and they have two variations between their long-haul (fully flat seat) and short-haul flights (recliner seat).

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Qantas Business Class

Qantas International Business Class features the Qantas ‘Skybed’, originally introduced in 2003 on long haul flights, the product had further enhancements made to it with the introduction of Airbus A380 services in 2008.

In 1979, Qantas was the world’s first airline to introduce Business Class seats. The airline is an industry pioneer, currently the oldest continuously operating airline and every year is one of the most profitable.

The Skybed has been designed by Marc Newson and developed with B/E Aerospace. In 2004 the Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum Good Design Award.

Qantas International Business, image credit: Qantas Qantas International Business, image credit: Qantas

Seat functionality is controlled electronically, passengers can adjust the seat into any position to ensure they are most comfortable for relaxing, working, eating or sleeping. There is an in-seat back massage function, cocoon style design with screen for added privacy, night light, LED reading light and ample storage areas.

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US Airways Envoy Class (Int)

US Airways Envoy Class is their international Business Class cabin. They have recently also introduced a new cabin product to be fitted into their Airbus A330 aircraft.

There are three variations of Envoy Class on their current fleet, US Airways is moving towards the latest generation of products as many of the major North American carriers are. Though US Airways has also had an angled lie-flat product for some time on a number of aircraft, they are now introducing fully flat seats in this next phase.

The innovative cabin layout and thoughtful design of the Envoy Suite allows for greater comfort and functionality for our international travelers.

– Andrew Nocella, US Airways

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Airbus A350 aircraft are also on order and expected to join the fleet in 2014, expect these to either have new Envoy Suites or an even more advanced product as in-flight cabin products continue to advance with the latest features.

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