A recent article from CNN Travel gives us much to smile about because it highlights how one airline in particular is finally paying attention to the comfort of its economy class fliers. That’s what we’re all about at Cabeau too: comfort for all travelers, no matter which cabin you’re sitting in!
Economy Class that feels like First Class
When it comes to long-haul travel, according to CNN Travel, fortunately there are still a few airlines trying to impress fliers with good old-fashioned comfort. Leading the field is Singapore Airlines (SIA), which is getting a lot of attention for its next-generation seats and revamped in-flight entertainment systems.
While premium and business class cabin redesigns are common in the industry, what’s notable is that SIA is making an effort to significantly improve its economy class experience. “Special attention has been given to ergonomics, comfort, convenience and design, as well as to our customers’ interests and lifestyles,” said SIA’s executive vice president commercial, Mak Swee Wah.
Starting in September 2013, fliers in SIA’s new economy cabins will get increased personal space (including an extra inch of legroom) and more comfortable seats, featuring backrest cushions, side bolsters for better back support, and an ergonomically sculpted headrest cushion that can be adjusted according to height.
Wait, there’s more. SIA’s KrisWorld Panasonic next-generation eX3 systems include a wider 11.1 inch monitor (the previous ones were 10.6 inches) with a GUI touch screen interface and handset with more than 1,000 options. Each seat also comes with an “eXport” port, AC outlet and USB ports.
That should take some of the sting out of a 10-hour flight.
First Class cabins designed by BMW
In addition to its jazzed-up economy seats, SIA’s first class and business seats are pretty impressive, too.
Designed by BMW, which says it used aspects of automotive design to improve comfort and functionality, SIA’s new generation of first class seats are 35” wide, and bed length has increased from 80” to 82”.
The new business-class seats, meanwhile, recline to 132 degrees, an increase from the previous 128 degrees. When converted, the seat is 78 inches in length, says SIA.
‘Heaven’ in the skies
Though few airlines can match Singapore Airlines’ dedication to passenger comfort, there are a few encouraging signs that other carriers haven’t completely given up on it.
In the United States—famous for its low-cost approach to aviation—Delta recently teamed up with Westin Hotels & Resorts to offer business class passengers “Heavenly Bedding” (a well-known signature of the hotel chain).
Since last month, the hotel brand’s comfy pillows and duvets have been available on all “Business Elite” international flights, as well as flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, and Atlanta and Honolulu.
Not only that, but earlier this year, Delta began offering full flat-bed seats in the Business Elite cabin of its transcontinental flights operating between New York and Los Angeles, as well as San Francisco and Seattle. The airline promises all Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft serving these transcontinental routes will offer the flatbed seats over the next two years.