Gulf Air to install new First and Business Class seats - 09Sep2004
Gulf Air has announced a US$10 million investment in new First and Business class skybeds.
The airline has signed a contract with EADS Sogerma to provide First Class and Business Class seats for a full refit programme across its Airbus A330 fleet, with an option for the A340 refurbishment later on.
Gulf Air becomes the first airline in the world to use a revolutionary new concept in airline seating, with its order for Evolys Business Class seats. In the First Class cabin, EADS Sogerma's Class 180 seats will be installed.
The Class 180 configuration (F) offers a private ‘cabin’ space for each passenger, which can transform into a fully functional bed, offering a unique combination of comfort and privacy. Another unique feature to be incorporated in the re-fit will be a dedicated changing room, enabling passengers on night flights to comfortably change into their Gulf Air sleep suits or other attire to further enhance the quality of sleep.
The Evolys (J) meanwhile offers an exclusive lounge-bed sleeper position, scientifically proven to be the healthiest and most comfortable sleeping position for air travellers. Each model will be customised to Gulf Air’s exact requirements.
The new skybeds are to be installed as part of a complete cabin refurbishment, which starts in February 2005 and will include the enhancement of in-flight entertainment systems. The first refurbished aircraft will be in operation from March, serving destinations including London, Frankfurt and Paris. The full refit programme will be complete by July 2005.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Gulf Air, said: “This investment means Gulf Air will offer the most comfortable seating and sleeping environment in the skies today. Our new seats are the most advanced in the market and will offer the highest levels of luxury, privacy and spaciousness in the industry."
"Our aim is to create a complete passenger experience. In the last 18 months, we have introduced many ground-breaking and award-winning new services for our premium travellers, including Sky Chefs in first class, new menus, new departure and arrivals lounges across the network and new chauffeur and fast track check-in facilities."
"With the introduction of these new skybeds, we put in place another piece of the jigsaw in the turnaround of Gulf Air. Our premium passengers can now be sure that every element of their journey, both in the air and on the ground is in place to ensure that they experience the best in air travel.”