Dreamliner – New Cabins and Liveries
Polish Airline LOT has joined with Air India, Thompson Airways and Norwegian, in unveiling a new livery and a new cabin interior to celebrate the upcoming arrival of the Boeing 787. LOT will introduce a new livery with the 787 and will then repaint the remainder of its fleet.
LOT’s Dreamliners will have with 18 seats in Business Class in a 2-2-2 layout, 21 seats in premium economy in a 2-3-2 layout and 213 seats in economy in a 3-3-3 layout. LOT also announced that they plan to use the 787 Dreamliner on their Chicago to Warsaw route starting in January 2013, and will be the first European airline to receive the 787.
Coinciding with the first visit of the 787 to Manchester Airport the British charter carrier Thomson Airways has also shown off its new livery and cabin interior. The airline has eight of these aircraft on order and is expected to offer economy class in the standard 3-3-3 configuration, though Thomson has said that the seat pitch will be bigger than that on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. A premium economy cabin with recliner style seating will also be on board.
Financially troubled state-run airline Air India is hoping that its new 787 will be a game changer. The airline showed off the new aircraft complete with updated livery and business class seating at the recent India Aviation 2012 show in Bangalore last month. The airline will offer the standard 3-3-3 configuration in economy, and fully flat business class seats in arranged 2-2-2 offering 78 inch seat pitch to its premium customers.
The strong use of orange and browns in the cabin may take some getting used to but should do well to hide any spills. All passengers will have in seat power and USB connections. Air India also holds the distinction of being the first airline to receive a wide body aircraft from Boeing’s new plant in South Carolina.
There is no word on an updated livery, but Scandinavia’s second largest airline Norwegian has announced it plans to lease and purchase the Boeing 787 to kick-start its intercontinental flight aspirations. The low-cost carrier has targeted New York and Bangkok as the inaugural destinations and is expecting to receive the first of its new Dreamliners in 2013.
Norwegian has indicated the new aircraft will offer premium seating which is a first for the airline, the 32 seat premium economy cabin configured in the 2-3-2 arrangement will offer recliner style seating along with increased leg room for those long haul flights.