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KLM launches its first fully-flat business class seat

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Dutch airline KLM unveiled pictures of its new fully-flat business class seat last week, joining a growing trend of European airlines finally following the lead set by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic over 15 years ago.

KLM new seat 2

All 22 of KLM’s Boeing 747 aircraft will be fitted with new seat between July this year and April 2014.   KLM will then move on to the Boeing 777 fleet, so for a chance of getting the new seat later in the year you want to focus your bookings – where there is a choice – on 747 routes.

KLM new seat 1

The seat is reportedly based on the same one being installed by Lufthansa, but KLM has been more generous with the spacing between rows.  The bed will be 207cm long (9cm more than Lutfhansa) and, unlike Lufthansa, the seats are not angled inwards so passengers do not have to share a footrest whilst sleeping.  KLM is also installing a larger TV than the one being used by Lufthansa.

KLM new seat 3

The number of business seats per plane is reduced from 42 to 35 with the new layout.

Collecting Flying Blue miles suddenly becomes a little (just a little!) more attractive.

Details of the new seats can be found on the KLM website here.