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Korean Airlines has announced that it will introduce new ‘Prestige Suites’ as part of its refreshed Business Class cabins.
The new ‘Prestige Suite’ provides improved comfort to Business class passengers through a staggered seat positioning and privacy panels, which give each passenger personal space and ensure that the passenger in the window seat doesn’t need to cross over a sleeping companion. This staggered design allows all passengers individual aisle access.
The armrests on the seas can be pushed down when the seat is in bed-mode, which yields a slightly wider bed than the width of the seat alone allows (22.5” from 21”) and also prevents the armrest from interfering with a passenger’s comfortable position lying down. The pitch between seats on the window aisle has increased by a foot to 87” from the airlines’ existing Prestige double-seaters.
The Prestige class in-flight entertainment system will also receive an upgrade. The new suites will be equipped with 17” high resolution touch screens and a video panel controller (similar to a smartphone). Besides films and games, passengers can enjoy an inflight airshow, which includes updated flight information such as the aircraft’s flight path.
These new Prestige suites will be installed on one of the airline’s A330-300s on the Guangzhou, Singapore and Hanoi routes, and will be phased-in on Korean Air’s new aircraft: six additional A330-300s, twelve B77-300ERs, ten B747-8is and ten B787-9s.
The airline has also announced that it will introduce a new First class product later this year which will complement this upgraded Prestige class, “Taking spaciousness, stylish design and comfort to an even higher level” as part of the airline’s “quest to be a leading global carrier.”