KLM has just released a few choice images of their new 787-9 product due to arrive in October and has decided upon a brand new full-flat World Business Class product for its Boeing 787-9s. Unlike the carrier’s forward facing seats found in their 747’s and 777’s, the 787-9 has taken the familiar Zodiac seat for its business class cabin. This is both progressive and good news for passengers, as unlike the rest of the fleet, KLM has upgraded this version of their business class to an industry standard all-aisle-access product.


The design ethos hasn’t changed however with the familiar hues and tones we’ve come to expect of the Dutch airline, with the same warmer blues found throughout the cabin to unify the fleet’s product. Although on the 787 there are different shades for every seat as well as a large storage space ensure ultimate comfort and more personal room for passengers. Being the Zodiac seats, expect expansive 16” HD touchscreens in the seat backs.


With 30 seats in a 1 x 2 x 1 configuration, there is plenty of space to stretch out and for those wanting entertainment can enjoy both the most up-to-date entertainment system and WiFi connectivity.Whilst no images have yet been released of KLM’s 787-9 Economy or Economy Comfort (not to be confused with premium economy), we know the seating will be the typical 9 abreadst in a 3 x 3 x 3 configuration, with Economy Comfort offering 35″ of seat pitch.


The good news is that all economy seats can recline 40% further and all passengers now have access to a power socket where they can recharge their mobile equipment. “The Inflight Entertainment system has been renewed and extended with a larger, 11” screen, intuitive HD-quality touchscreens, interactive 3D maps, and the option to communicate via Seat Chat with fellow passengers who are not seated nearby. The Inflight Entertainment system provides access to more than 150 films and 200 TV programmes in 12 languages, including a large number of local films.” state KLM in their recent press release. We will reveal more here on thedesignair.net when the real product is rolled out in the upcoming months.

Posted by:Jonny Clark

6 replies on “KLM Showcase New 787-9 World Business Class Cabin

  1. I like their current 747 seats, well, as long as you nab one of the few single seat options. This looks even better.

  2. Well… Notting is realy new. As usual KLM is ok but Thérèsa is no wow. Major airlines havé now that business class cabin!

  3. I wish I had that to fly on when I took KLM to Africa a few months ago. They have so many business class seat types on their planes (some 4 in total) that you always end up with a really old product . They need to start standardizing. I had the last recent business class fully flat bed (the one before this – with the ‘bullet hole’ privacy screens) on the day flight from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Nice but I wanted to look out of the window at the scenery below rather than sleep. Then coming back on the night flight from Cape Town to Amsterdam I was stuck with an old angled reclining chair (circa 2001). Awful.

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