Air France has introduced an upgraded cabin interior on its A330 fleet. The airline’s first newly-fitted aircraft was deployed on a service to Ghana’s capital Accra on 3rd February, with the remaining 14 A330-200 aircraft to be upgraded by 2020 as part of a €140 million refurbishment plan.
The refurbishment plan will see all of the French carrier’s A330s fully retrofitted with new seats in a three-class configuration, including 36 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy, and 167 in Economy class.
The business-class seat has been “completely redesigned” to convert into a lie-flat seat and has been “adapted to the dimensions of the A330”, Air France says.
The new seat’s 74 cm (18.5 in) HD touchscreen and entertainment suite is perhaps the biggest upgrade over the current A330 product, which still operates first-generation IFE. A self-service bar and refurbished lavatories also feature in the cabin.
In Premium Economy, the airline is installing fixed-shell reclining seats with redesigned cushions and armrests, it says. The 130-degree reclining seat is one of the widest at 48.5 cm with 102 cm pitch, and also includes lumbar support adapted to different body shapes, additional storage space, and a wider footrest.
Each seat also comes with a personal power outlet, two USB ports, and a red feather pillow and a deep blue blanket.
Meanwhile, in the Economy cabin, Air France has opted to keep its 2-4-2 configuration but has installed a series of improvements including redesigned armrests, new seat foams, larger tray tables and 29 cm HD touchscreens.
For an additional fee, passengers onboard the retrofitted aircraft will be able to purchase a wireless internet pass to browse the internet, read and send emails.
The airline will charge between €3 and €18 for basic Wi-Fi packages, with a third €30 Stream Pass ensuring high-speed internet, streaming and downloads.
The Air France CONNECT offer will also be available onboard the Boeing 787 and will gradually be installed onboard the Boeing 777. Air France plans to have installed Air France CONNECT across its entire fleet by the end of 2020.