China Airlines unveils new ‘premium business class’

CAL's premium business class cabins will be rolled out on the airline's new fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs
CAL’s premium business class cabins will be rolled out on the airline’s new fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs

China Airlines (CAL) has unveiled the design of its new ‘premium business class’ cabins, that will be featured onboard its new fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The new cabin will feature 40 flat-bed seats laid out in a herringbone arrangement, all with aisle access.

The seats will come fitted with a modern in-flight entertainment system including large 18-inch screens, showing 100 different programmes. There is also a cabinet for personal belongings, a small minibar, USB port, power socket and a lamp, and all the B777s will come equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi.

Passengers selecting the premium business class seats will also be provided with a toiletry bag containing a brush, blanket and skin care products.

And at the centre of the new cabin will be a social area called the ‘Sky Lounge’. Designed by CAL’s chief designer Ray Chen, this new area combines eastern and western elements, with the ‘Literary Tea-Tasting Area’ on the left and the ‘Fashionable Coffee Area’ on the right, providing a range of drinks and snacks. A bar in the middle will also serve cocktails, tapas and noodle dishes, and there will also be selection of books and magazines.

CAL will take delivery of the first of 10 new B777s later this month, with three new aircraft expected to join the carrier’s fleet before the end of 2014. As well as the premium business class cabins, the B777s will also feature the economy class ‘Sky Couch’ concept, which was designed by Air New Zealand.

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