Brussels Airlines New Business Class

Brussels Airlines A330

Brussels Airlines A330 used on NYC JFK and Key Africa Routes

New Business Seats to JFK and Africa

Brussels Airlines is spending nearly 30 million euro in its long haul fleet as seven Brussels Airlines Airbus A330’s undergo complete makeovers in 2012.  The passenger cabin re-fit will include comfortable flat beds in business class (pictured above), additional seating comfort in economy, and the design – trendy.  The inflight entertainment system will provide quality entertainment using the latest technology.

The new aircraft will be deployed on the route to New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) along with Brussels Airlines African destinations.  Lufthansa Technik is conducting the makeover’s and the first upgraded bird will be will be operational as from spring 2012.

The new route between Brussels (BRU) and New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) will begin on the 1st June 2012.  The flight will be timed to allow connections within Europe and Brussels Airlines prized African routes.

One of the major upgrades is Brussels Airlines Business Class – Flying to New York or one of the numerous African destinations on the Brussels Airlines network will become more comfortable than ever.  The new cabin focuses on design, innovation, comfort, and quality.  Brussels Airlines co-CEO, Bernard Gustin, said, “We’re introducing this superior in-flight product based on the newest technology and based on the feedback of thousands of passengers creates high expectations and ambitions.”

Brussels Airlines – New Business Class

The new Business Class includes new tendy seats which can be turned into a true flatbed (180° flat position) with nearly two meters long (approximately 6 Feet 7 Inches).  The bed is fitted with a pneumatic cushion which allows the passenger to choose between a “soft” or a “firm” seat, according to preference, and whereby the body weight is never pressed against the seat.

Brussels Airlines New Business Class Seats

Brussels Airlines New Business Class Seats | Photo: Brussels Airlines

This makes Brussels Airlines one of the first airlines in introducing an advanced version of this “Pneumatic Cushion” technology. The seat which converts to a flat bed also provides a mechanism for a relaxing massage and is outfit with LED mood lighting along with plenty of personal space for personal items.

The seatbelts even include an airbag; but it should be noted airbags are starting to become common because of the design of new first class seats.  The cabin layout also provides direct aisle access to most seats.

Brussels Airlines – New Economy Class

New Economy Seat on Brussels Airlines

New Economy Seat on Brussels Airlines A330

If you’re company won’t cough up the money for Business Class or you’re not able to pull off an upgrade, the new Economy Class on the Airbus A330 product will allow passengers to travel in an Italian designed seat that’s said to be a stylish, ergonomic seat

Each economy class seat will have 32 to 33 inches of legroom, adjustable headrests, and an individual touch screen television unit equipped with a USB port.

Brussels Airlines – New Inflight Entertainment System

When it comes to in-flight entertainment, Brussels Airlines is adopting one of the most revolutionary systems, named RAVE, with both audio and video on demand.  Six different languages will be supported and the screens will work like a “touch and scroll” tablet computer.

The real gem about this system is most of the content will be locally stored in the screen (in a solid state disk / memory card) — this provides higher reliability than centrally-driven systems.  The inflight entertainment system offers over 100 hours of movies, news programs, games, audio and e-reading material.  Passengers can even connect their own iPad or other devices to the screen in Business Class.

Finally, the aircraft will be installed with “niceview” flight information offering a 3D view from various cameras on which passengers can both see and view the flight path – call it a virtual window seat, if you will.  Prior to arrival in Brussels (BRU), the system will also provide information on connecting flights.

On a final note, Brussels Airlines co-CEO Bernard Gustin, said, “Customers boarding a Brussels Airlines long haul aircraft will have the feeling they are entering a brand new aircraft.  If we compare this level of comfort to the product of other airlines on transatlantic flights or routes to and from Africa, we can conclude that we will become a real precursor and trendsetter of quality in terms of seats, relax possibilities, leg room and entertainment technology.”  Gustin finishes, “The refurbishing of the long haul fleet is at the same time a “green” investment; thanks to the use of modern materials, the weight per aircraft decreases and consequently also the fuel usage and CO2 emissions.”

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