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Peek inside Alaska Airlines’ first 737-800 retrofit

Alaska Airlines 737-800 has finished interior renovations

Peek inside Alaska Airlines’ first 737-800 retrofit

The initial Alaska Airlines 737-800 has finished interior renovations and is once more prepared to transport passengers. The forward bulkhead wall and carpeted cabin partitions are no longer present. They are being replaced by muted blue, beige, and grey tones.

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In the economy class, the new Recaro seats have an integrated PED holder. The power outlet is still conveniently located beneath the tray table, where it is visible to and usable by passengers.

Although the jets have not been completely changed to the current Boeing Sky Interior design, new deliveries do feature the revised design. LED mood lighting is now a component of the cabin. The previous overhead dumpsters remain in place as well.

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There was an immediate need to replace the old interiors. But Alaska Airlines has never really been about introducing a dazzling product to the market. These aircraft, in fact, are arguably even less flashy than the previous retrofits and new deliveries the carrier has received; the seats are monochrome rather than showcasing a little bit of variance in the fabrics.

However, given the 737-800 fleet’s potentially limited remaining lifespan – the carrier is already aggressively transitioning to the 737 MAX family – the long-term value of a more unique or personalised cabin may not be worth the investment.

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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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