When Aeroflot takes delivery of its first Airbus A350 this week, the Russian flag-carrier will also pull back the curtains on an all-new business class suite boasting the mod cons of a 1-2-1 layout, long flat beds and large flat video screens and, yes, sliding privacy doors.
The seats will also make their way onto the SkyTeam member's Boeing 777-300ER jets in a two-year refurbishment program stretching through to 2022, in order to create a "unified" long-range business class.
These particular business class suites are not only new to Aeroflot, they're new to the aviation landscape, with an Aeroflot spokesman confirming to Executive Traveller that "the seat is a custom-built Horizon Business Class seat by Collins."
The Horizon is a fresh addition to the catalogue of seatmaker Collins Aerospace, sitting alongside the popular Super Diamond business class seat – most recently upgraded with doors in the form of British Airways' Club Suite. Collins also crafted the highly-regarded and highly-bespoke Qsuite for Qatar Airways.
While the Horizon hasn't been "formally announced", Collins Aerospace spokeswoman Pam Tvrdy-Cleary tells Executive Traveller "we are planning to do something for AIX,", referring to Hamburg's upcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo which runs from March 31 to April 2, 2020.
London-based PriestmanGoode is believed to have taken on styling duties for the suite and the cabin, which also includes a self-serve refreshment bar with drinks and snacks.
Aeroflot's A350s will sport 28 business class seats across seven rows, followed by a cabin of 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout, and economy in a standard 3-3-3 arrangement.
Aeroflot expects to pick up the keys to eight of a total of 14 Airbus A350-900s this year, with the fuel-efficient jetliner making its debut between Moscow and New York on March 29, followed by a roster including London, Miami, Beijing and Seoul, as well as launching non-stop flights to Singapore from October 25.
The airline is also rolling out a new lower-priced 'basic' business class fare, which is non-refundable and halves the luggage allowance of standard business class tickets to a single 32kg bag (without taking frequent flyer status into account), although lounge access and seat pre-selection is still included.