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Air India’s Transformation Plan: Revamping Wide-Body Fleet with Modern Seats and IFE Systems by Next Year.

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By March 2024, one-third of Air India’s wide-body aircraft will have contemporary seats and in-flight entertainment systems, according to the airline, which has started a transformation plan. The airline operated by the Tata Group placed orders for 470 aircraft, including 70 wide-body models, with Airbus and Boeing earlier this year.

The six new A350s, along with the five leased B772LRs and nine additional B773ERs we’re also bringing on board, will increase the size of our wide-body fleet by 30% within a year, Air India CEO and MD Campbell Wilson stated in his weekly message to the staff on Friday.

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A third of the whole wide-body fleet will have contemporary seats and in-flight entertainment systems by March 2024, he added. To ensure that our hard product is up to a consistently high standard on every aircraft, the remainder of the fleet will next start their full USD 400 million interior refits, he continued.

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Wide-body aircraft, largely used for long- and ultra-long-haul flights, have had concerns about their seats and in-flight entertainment systems malfunctioning. The airline uses these aircraft mostly for flights to the US and Europe. The airline’s A350s with Rolls Royce engines received the Letter of Type Acceptance this week from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

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Recently The LEAP engine order between Air India and CFM International, which was initially announced in February and will power the airline’s new fleet of 210 Airbus A320/A321neos and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft, has been finalized. Additionally, a multi-year servicing contract was inked by the two parties and it covers all of the airline’s LEAP engines.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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