Boeing's all-new business class seat is also a sky-high double bed

By David Flynn, April 11 2018

Boeing has pulled back the covers on its all-new business class seat, which will be offered to airlines as an off-the-shelf seat for the pointy end of their factory-fresh Boeing jets as well as retrofit upgrades.

Intended for twin-aisle jets such as the Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner family, it not only converts into a lie-flat bed but allows the paired middle seats to become a cosy double bed.

Developed with automotive seatmaker Adient, it’s the flagship of several concept designs in the portfolio of joint venture Adient Aerospace and will this week be shown to potential customers at Hamburg’s annual Aircraft Interiors Expo.

Other details are scant surrounding the new seat, apart from that it converts into a fully lie-flat bed and - as can be seen from the photo - makes room for the mod cons of personal space to spread out one’s work and keep selected inflight items close at hand.

However, the smartphone nestled into a recessed compartment hints that wireless charging - already found on the latest Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy mobiles - could be part of the high-tech roster.

The seat also appears to have sliding privacy doors similar to those of Qatar Airways’ Qsuite.

“It will be our goal to provide a superior customer and passenger experience by delivering superior quality seats with intelligent product design,” said Alan Wittman, CEO of Adient Aerospace.

Adient Aerospace is seeking to carve out a slice of the commercial airline seating market, which industry analysts expect to grow from US$4.5 billion in 2017 to US$6 billion by 2026.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2016

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Looks great! Look forward to seeing which Airlines will install this seat...

I have to mention though, it looks a lot like the Stelia Aerospace seat, the one used on the the new SQ 787-10.

That looks atrociously sexy. The Solstys/Skylounge concept but even cooler. I presume the density is similar to those seats, perhaps a touch better. Good work Aident! And its nice to see Boeing getting all these closer supplier relationships (and helping to punish Zodiac for their abysmal slowness as of late).
Wow! A new design where the window seats will actually be able to see out the window!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Jul 2013

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Bring it to med-range narrow body planes Australia please.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

26 Apr 2016

Total posts 24

Can flying get any more exciting? The answer is a resounding YES!

I love living in an age of so much promise and potential - where the boundaries to redefine an already luxurious mode of travel are challenged to take things to the next level.

Bring it on!


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