KLM’s new World Business Class product is expected to be available on all 22 of its Boeing 747 fleet by the end of April, writes Mike Toynbee.
The airline is also planning to have 15 B777-200s retrofitted with the new product by summer 2014.
The new business class, which features a fully-flat seat and a completely redesigned cabin, is currently on all services to Nairobi, Paramaribo, Curacao, St Maarten, Chengdu and Narita, with Houston, Shanghai, New York JFK and Mexico offering the upgraded product on all flights from January and February.
The 180-degree bed measures 79in (207cm) when fully extended and provides 63in (160cm) of legroom in the upright position. There is a fixed privacy screen, 17in monitor and in-seat power for laptops and other devices.
The new-look cabins, by leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, feature new carpeting, panel decorations, curtains, lighting, blankets, cushions and upholstery.
KLM is responding to the needs and wishes of its most valued customers, according to Harm Kreulen, the airline’s Netherlands director.