KLM Announces New 787 World Business Class with Direct Aisle Access!

by Adam

KLM this morning announced the introduction of the Boeing 787-9 to their fleet. The new seats are similar to those on the 747 and 777 aircraft, though all seats now offer direct aisle access. WBC will be set up in a 1-2-1 configuration.  Full details from the PR below:

KLM has chosen the newest fully-flat World Business Class seat for its Boeing 787-9s. The position of the new seats in the cabin and various design decisions ensure passengers can enjoy as much privacy as possible during the flight. Among the most important features of the Boeing 787-9 are the new World Business Class (WBC) seats, which recline completely flat and have direct access to the aisle

Warmer colours – with different shades for every seat – and a large storage space ensure ultimate comfort and more personal room for passengers. Large, soft pillows and luxurious new blankets give the new World Business Class a warm and welcoming mood. Each seat is fitted with a 16” screen. There is also the option of a dual-screen experience, which allows passengers to game or chat using the handset while watching a film.

KLM’s Boeing 787-9 is fitted with onboard Wi-Fi. This marks the launch of KLM Wi-Fi, which was tested in earlier trials. It will now be possible to use the internet, email and other online services onboard using laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Larger windows, a higher cabin pressure and special LED-lighting further enhance the unique flight experience. This is all aimed at ensuring passengers arrive fitter and more rested at their destinations.

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There are some major improvements for Economy passengers as well:

The seats in Economy Class offer passengers extra comfort. The back of the seat can recline 40% further and all passengers have access to a power socket where they can recharge their mobile equipment. The Inflight Entertainment system has been renewed and extended with a larger, 11” screen, intuitive HD-quality touchscreens, interactive 3D maps, and the option to communicate via Seat Chat with fellow passengers who are not seated nearby. The Inflight Entertainment system provides access to more than 150 films and 200 TV programmes in 12 languages, including a large number of local films.

PS…Will anyone miss the old WBC when all aircraft renovations are complete?  I loved these back in the late ’90s but being assigned one in 2014 was disappointing.



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Alan July 24, 2015 - 11:32 am

“with different shades for every seat”

Wow, that’s a lot of shades of brown and blue given that, from the picture, there are 6 rows of 4 seats = 24 seats = 24 shades of color.

Adam July 24, 2015 - 1:37 pm

@Alan: I read that to mean each seat would perhaps alternate so no two adjacent seats would be the same color. The artist rendering seems to show the center seats alternating between a deep blue and…grey(?) shade. We’ll see, though.

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