A Sneak Peek at KLM’s new World Business Class
The Dutch flag carrier KLM has shown off of its soon to be revamped World Business Class. The new seating to be installed firstly on its fleet of 22 Boeing 747 aircraft from June 2013 and later on the 777s has been designed in collaboration with Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, and is a big step up from the current angled lie flat (read: wedgie) sleepers.
Jongerius has taken his inspiration from the Milky Way and has combined the traditional blue palette of KLM with five new colours aubergine, dark brown, midnight blue, cobalt and dark grey. The carpets in the aircraft have been made from recycled flight attendant uniforms, and the designer is looking to improve the comfort and look of the economy class sections in coming months.
Colour schemes, design inspirations and materials are not generally at the forefront of customers minds however when choosing which carrier to fly with. The biggest innovation for KLM is the introduction of fully flat sleepers and increased passenger space through the reduction of seats in the cabin.
The biggest down fall to the new design is the configuration, the upper deck features 20 seats and the lower deck 15 seats arranged in a 2-2 format so window seat passengers will still have to clamber over the aisle passengers should a bathroom break be required in the middle of the night. The are however 3 ‘solo’ seats on the main deck (Seats 1A, 4A, and 4E) and these would be the pick up the bunch for an uninterrupted sleep.
The in flight entertainment also gets an upgrade with the old 10 inch screens being replaced by new 17 inch screens. World Business Class passengers will also still get the traditional Delft Blue miniature house filled with Dutch gin, which the airline has been giving out since the 1950s and has more than 90 different versions in it’s collection