A new business class seat design from British Airways could literally show a fresh slant on its Club World seats, with layouts for the Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 cited in the documentation.
Revealed in an application to the US Patent and Trademark Office, lodged in February 2015 and published overnight, the design shows angled business class seats arranged in three-across and four-across layouts so that each passenger enjoys direct and unimpeded access to the aisle.
Unlike BA's current Club World business class, there's no alternating forward/backward pattern...
... nor any close-quarters pairing of seats.
Instead, each seat is angled in a similar fishbone pattern as seen in the international business class cabins of Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic, as well as Cathay Pacific's older and controversial and now-abandoned 'cubicle class'.
Especially noteworthy: this concept is the work of UK-based design house Tangerine, which created today's Club World seats in their original iteration from 2000 as well as a 2013 refresh for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380, with Tangerine CEO Martin Darbyshire listed as 'inventor' on the US patent application.
The seats would convert into a flat 1.9 metre bed by either fully reclining, or having the rear of the seat flip over to form part of the bed, while a large flat-screen monitor is built into each shell.
BA's patent application shows suggested three-across arrangements for a Boeing 787...
... and a four-across layout suitable for a Boeing 777 or the lower deck of an Airbus A380.
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