China Southern will pick up the keys to its first Airbus A350 in June, with a new business class seat (but no first class) taking price of place at the pointy end.
The former SkyTeam member has released onto Chinese social media network Weibo these two 'sneak preview' photos of its Airbus A350 business class cabin, which will feature 28 lie-flat Recaro seats in what's become the standard business class configuration of a 1-2-1 layout.
The staggered arrangement sees some travellers sitting immediately next to the window and others directly at the aisle.
Recaro's catalogue images of the standard model seat – which it spruiks as offering "an exclusive hotel room feeling above the clouds" – offers a little more visual detail, although China Southern's choice of colours and trim is clearly different.
Recaro lists options for the seat as including a 'closed stowage compartment for personal valuables' as well as 'shoe stowage', although it's not yet known if China Southern has ticked those boxes.
The Guangzhou-based airline plans to begin Airbus A350 flights between Guangzhou and Beijing in July 2019, before adding international routes as more of its 20 A350s roll into the hangar.