Korean Air will upgrade its premium class seats starting in May when it accepts new B777- 300ER aircraft. The new seats will offer more comfort and space than Korean Air's current first and business class seating. The company plans to introduce the new seats on the airline's New York and Los Angeles routes.
The new first class seats are 27 inches wide, with an 18-inch x 27-inch table for work or meals. Korean Air also is enlarging its individual monitors to 23 inches to enhance the airline's state-of-the-art AVOD (Audio Video On Demand) system. The seat pitch of 82 inches and the 180-degree flat beds remain the same.
Korean Air's new business class seats will be 180-degree lie-flat sleepers. Current business class seats are 170-degree flat sleepers. Seat pitch and width for business class seats will also remain the same.
In addition to the new B777- 300ER aircraft Korean Air will swap out the new seats into three of its current B-777 fleet. The company aims to operate a total of six aircraft equipped with the new seats by the end of the year. Plans are to eventually retrofit its entire fleet with the enhanced premium seating. Korean Air will also utilize the new seats into A380 and B787, environment-friendly next generation aircraft to be delivered in 2010.