Posted on: 10 January 2012 by Ross McSweeny
In 2012 Brussels Airlines plans to invest €30 million on cabin interior upgrades onboard its long-haul fleet of seven A330 aircraft on routes to New York and Africa.
The refurbishment will be conducted by Lufthansa Technik and will include improved passenger comfort such as flatbed seats in Business Class and a new inflight entertainment (IFE) system in both Business and Economy Class.
The new Business Class flatbed includes LED mood lighting and, claimed by Brussels Airlines to be a world first, a “Pneumatic Cushion” offering passengers an option of either a “soft” or a “hard” seat according to preference.In both Business and Economy Class, The IMS Company’s RAVE in-flight entertainment will be installed offering programmes in six different languages. The Business Class screen will be not less than 38, 9 cm (15,3") with navigation through modern tablet style ”touch and scroll”. The wireless on demand entertainment system contains over 100 hours of movies and documentaries, news programmes, games, audio and e-reading material. Passengers can also connect their own iPad or other devices to the screen in Business Class.In addition, the ‘Niceview’ flight information programme developed by Lufthansa Technik provides a three-dimensional view from various camera perspectives on which passengers can follow the exact course of the aircraft. The system also offers information on connecting flights.“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”, remarked Brussels Airlines’ co-CEO Bernard Gustin. “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.”The first renewed aircraft will be operational as from spring 2012. The new scheduled services to New York will be operated with the new in-flight product and the upgrade will be gradually available on the African network in 2012.