Taiwanese airline EVA Air unveiled the designs for the interior of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, including new economy seats and a Royal Laurel business-class cabin with new seats created by BMW Designworks. The overall look and updated details present a vision of premium travel that is at once stylish, sophisticated and functional.
The new Royal Laurel seats are set to appear on the airline’s forthcoming order of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which it will begin taking delivery of on October 2, 2018. The airline has a total of four 787-9s on order plus 20 of the longer variant, the 787-10, which should start to arrive in the fleet in the second quarter of 2019. The airline expects to have all 24 Dreamliners operating by 2022.
“The introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliners is essential to our continuous pursuit of service excellence,” said EVA President Clay Sun. “We have adopted a more modern, globalized design concept and combined it with Boeing’s latest aviation technologies to create a luxurious cabin environment and provide all our passengers with an even more comfortable flying experience.”
The new product most resembles the Vantage XL-style seats that can be found aboard SAS’s Airbus A330s and A340s and Qantas’s Dreamliners and Airbus A330s. Each will be 23 inches wide and recline to a fully flat bed that is up to 76 inches long.
Though front-facing, they are staggered in a 1 – 2 – 1 pattern so that some seats are closer to the aisle and some are closer to the window on the sides, while those in the center section shift right or left depending on the orientation of the row in front.
All seats have direct-aisle access and new adjustable privacy panels, plus built-in storage cabinets, power plugs and USB ports for charging personal devices and accessing content from them over the in-flight entertainment system, which is 18 inches wide.
The airline’s other workhorse long-haul jet is the Boeing 777-300ER, of which EVA has 34 in service. Aboard them, the Royal Laurel business class was among the first in the world to feature the now-popular reverse-herringbone style of seat you will find on other carriers like American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air France. While still an excellent product, the old Royal Laurel cabins are starting to feel a little staid and stale thanks to a muted palette and industrial finishes.
By contrast, these new seats feel fresh and chic. They have understated brown leather accents, rich-toned gray upholstery, colorful splashes of the airline’s signature green hue, and mood lighting that lends them a more refined, swanky ambiance.
“We wanted EVA’s business class experience to be fresh and memorable for passengers and to make service, design and brand all work together,” said Design Director Johannes Lampela from Designworks’ LA Studio. “Our goal was to take a proven seat platform and make it unique to EVA. From privacy, service, interaction, stowage and amenities, we explored the holistic passenger experience.”
The new planes will also feature economy-class seats that have been redesigned by aircraft interior design firm Teague and manufactured by Recaro. The new color palette is meant to reflect the décor in Royal Laurel business class, with tones of taupe, green and red. Each seat will have a leather headrest that adjusts up and down within a range of six inches. They will each also have their own 12-inch HD touchscreen entertainment monitors.
Though the airline did not release details on the dimensions of the new economy seats, it looks as though they will be arranged in a 3 – 3 – 3 pattern. Given similar layouts on other airlines like American, United and Virgin Atlantic, expect these seats to be just over 17 inches wide and have 31-32 inches of pitch.
EVA’s version of the 787-9 Dreamliner will have a total of 304 passenger seats. There will be 26 Royal Laurel business class seats and 278 seats in economy. The first jet with the new seats is expected to make its maiden voyage by the end of October and begin by flying the airline’s route between its hub in Taipei and Hong Kong. The second EVA Dreamliner route is expected to be from Taipei to Japan once the airline takes delivery of more jets.
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