Central American airline Copa has rolled out lie-flat seats on its new Boeing 737 MAX jets, making it the latest member in a small but growing clique to fit fully-flat seats into a single-aisle jet.
Copa has signed up for 71 of the next-generation Boeing 737 MAX jets, the first of which takes wing this week from Panama City to popular US destinations such as Miami and San Francisco.
Passengers in the pointy end of what the Star Alliance member is branding as its Dreams premium cabin will be able to set any of the 16 business class seats into a fully lie-flat mode.
Arranged in a 2-2 layout, the new business class seats have an international-grade 60 inch pitch (the same as you'd get on a Qantas Boeing 747) and feature a 16 inch touchscreen plus the now-mandatory AC and USB power outlets, along with added storage space around the seat.
In other words, this is pretty much on-trend for the next wave of Boeing 737 business class seats and could provide some clues as to what we might see when Virgin Australia unveils its much-touted 'Perth product' for Boeing 737 jets making transcontinental flights.
Copa has adopted the same lie-flat business class seat design as seen on Philippine Airlines' new A321neo jets, which now fly between Brisbane and Manila.
FlyDubai has also fitted lie-flat business class seats to its own Boeing 737 MAX jets, while Singapore Airlines' regional arm SilkAir will get lie-flat business class across its single-aisle Boeing 737 jets from 2020.