EVA Air reports the launch of a new-generation business cabin named Royal Laurel Class. The airline is investing $100 million to upgrade the top cabins on all of its Boeing 777-300ERs with new, fully lie-flat seats and inaugurating the transformed service on a June 2, 2012 Taipei - New York flight. By the end of August, EVA will be offering the luxury service on all of its New York flights.
EVA is configuring its Royal Laurel Class cabins with 38 seats in a reverse herringbone layout that enables passengers at windows to look out without turning and those in the center to easily dine and talk with travel companions.
Passengers can use convenient privacy panels to establish inflight cocoons for rest or work, the airline reports. Roomy seats are approximately 65 centimeters (26 inches) wide, recline 180 degrees and stretch out almost 2 meters (79 inches).
In addition, EVA is outfitting its Royal Laurel Class seating environments with the latest audio and video technologies, starting with 15.4-inch touch screens and high-fidelity noise-canceling headphones.
EVA's Royal Laurel Class will also offer new amenity kits and in-flight dining that resembles a reservation at a five-star restaurant.
EVA's inaugural Royal Laurel Class service will operate nonstop between Taipei and New York on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. EVA also offers a fourth flight on the route on Wednesdays. Starting on Monday, June 18, 2012, EVA is adding a fifth weekly New York flight.
By the end of August, EVA will be offering Royal Laurel Class on all of its New York flights. It will introduce its Royal Laurel cabins on Los Angeles service by the end 2012 and begin to roll it out on San Francisco, Toronto, Paris, Amsterdam and London flights in 2013. It will complete the cabin upgrades by August 2013.
EVA links an international network of major destinations worldwide, including dozens of cities in China and throughout Asia. It has gateways in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.