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16 Nov 2006 [07:04h]     Bookmark and Share

BA unveils its next generation longhaul business class seat bed:

British Airways has unveiled its next generation Club World longhaul business class flat bed – and announced an 8 per cent increase in its longhaul business class capacity. Besides the £100 million (US$190 million) Club World upgrade, the airline is also enhancing its First Class cabin and introducing an on-demand in-flight entertainment system in every cabin across its longhaul fleet.

The new Club World seat bed is 25 per cent wider than the current version, at 25.25 ins (64 cm), with the airline saying it also offers more privacy, greater comfort, with more storage. Like the current model, it converts to a completely flat bed. The new version, though, can also adopt a „Z“ position, extending to 6ft 6 ins (198 cm) long, that „allows the body to assume a position similar to that in zero gravity, ideal for watching movies“.

[GADS_NEWS]Each seat is equipped with a 110 volt power outlet, taking regular US or UK plugs without the need for an adaptor, and comes with more stowage space, with a drawer to store laptops, shoes and small bags.

The on-demand entertainment system will let customers pause, stop, fast-forward or rewind up to 100 films and TV programmes, and play games on larger 10 ins digital screens.

The upgrades are already being introduced and should be completed across all the airline’s Boeing 747-400s and 777s within 18 months.


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