China Eastern Airlines Unveils New Cabin Products

China Eastern Airlines has unveiled its new First, Business and Economy Class cabin products, set to debut on its upcoming Boeing 777-300ER jets. The Shanghai-based carrier has ordered 20 of the popular aircraft, which will replace its aging Airbus A340-600 fleet and support long-haul expansion plans.


First Class

The airline is raising the bar on First Class for Chinese carriers with 6 enclosed suites in a compact cabin. Offering improved privacy and personal space, the product has a large, cream-coloured seat that converts into a full-flat bed, coupled with sliding doors which may be closed to create a cabin-within-a-cabin environment.


A large personal screen and work/dining table complement the seat, while inbuilt storage compartments replace traditional overhead bins for a more spacious cabin.


Business Class

Further down the aisle, the Business Class cabins feature 52 shell seats in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone layout. China Eastern Airlines has selected the popular Zodiac Cirrus seat (also used by Cathay Pacific and EVA Air), offering direct aisle access and personal storage spaces, in a big step-up from its current offering.


Economy Class

The increased space in the premium cabins comes at the expense of Economy Class passengers. 258 slimline seats are fitted 10-abreast in a 3-4-3 configuration as opposed to a 9-abreast layout adopted by most Asian B777 operators. While seat width will be tight, passengers will have the improved cabin environment of the Boeing Sky Interior and one of the largest personal screens in the industry for Economy Class at 12.1 inches.


Joining the new seats will be a new inflight entertainment system and onboard Wi-Fi. The first Boeing 777-300ER for China Eastern Airlines is set to arrive in Shanghai in September 2014 and will be deployed on the Shanghai (Pudong) – New York (John F. Kennedy) route.


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