As spotted by one of our avid followers with a keen eye (thank you), TAM have revealed their 777 business class cabin refresh (above), something they announced they were going to do late last year. On their website there is an image of an improved 777 business class cabin, with an interior that matches their 787 cabin design.
Instead of opting for the new 787 seats, like the popular Aura design by Acumen DA, they have renovated their current business class seats. When we heard last year they were going to bring their seats in-line with their 787 product, we were expecting new seat concepts, and perhaps a more spacious 2 x 2 x 2 seating configuration, or even a more impressive, but less-likely herringbone 1 x 2 x 1 set-up. Sadly, what they have done, true to their word, is bring their current seats inline with the 787, by introducing ottomans (footstools) which would involve greater seat pitch, meaning the seats can now recline to a fully flat bed.
So whilst the seats will offer the same amount of comfort of the 787, the seat styling, especially on the shell walls, is a little dated, and the unpopular 2 x 3 x 2 seating configuration remains, with carriers like Air France shifting their cabin product away from this format. You may also notice that this new cabin shot (top), shows the airline has opted away from the wooden effect bulkheads (as shown in their initial 777 interior shots a few years ago), instead of opting for a much more neutral palette, with only the splash of colour coming from the red headrests and seat belts.
Slightly disappointed, but still a clever, smart and economical improvement that will provide all the creature comforts of their 787 fleet and we can’t deny, the cabin does look smart, with a interior design that meets todays passenger expectations.