TAP will fit its new Airbus A330-900neo fleet with a slick-looking business class seat from Recaro.
The Portuguese flag-carrier and Star Alliance member is the global launch customer for the A330-900neo, a fuel-efficient 'new engine option' version of the A330 jets flown locally by both Qantas and Virgin Australia, along with Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and others.
TAP expects to take delivery of the world's first A330-900neo in March 2018, and the jet will also mark the commercial debut of the Airspace by Airbus cabin design concept, which is intended to provide a greater sense of space and comfort for passengers.
And there'll certainly be plenty of that space and comfort at the pointy end of TAP's A330-900neo, with Recaro's CL6710 business class seat.
Recaro talks up the CL6710 as "a hotel room in the sky with a full-flat bed, excellent living space, direct aisle access, and generous stowage space in a high-density configuration."
That 'high-density configuration' typically means a seating layout more akin to that of British Airways or United Airlines' new Polaris, which make for more crowded business cabins – albeit more profitable ones – than the conventional 1-2-1 seating of the A330 business class of Qantas, Virgin Australia and Cathay Pacific, for example.