TAP Portugal is fast becoming a true contender for European Business Class travellers. The latest announcement sees the first A330-900neo aircraft being fitted entirely with Recaro aircraft seats. For those in the pointy end, passengers will be able to enjoy Recaro’s CL6710 seats, featuring fully flat beds. “In addition to ergonomic comfort, the CL6710 stands out with its light weight and efficient use of space in the cabin,” says Dr. Mark Hiller, Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating.
While the final designs for the seat haven’t yet been revealed, the hard product features a six-way adjustable head rest, a 16-inch Hi-Def screen, fully flat beds and enhanced passenger space and storage compared to the older lie-flat seats that are currently across most of the airline’s fleet.
“We opted for the CL6710 since it offers our passengers an outstanding living space while being highly efficient,” highlights Trey Urbahn, Chief Commercial Officer, TAP Portugal. With the launch of the new A330neo fleet, TAP will soon be offering its passengers premium Recaro comfort in all classes. In 2016, Recaro Aircraft Seating delivered over 6,600 lightweight seats to TAP for the retrofitting program for short and medium-haul A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
However, passengers aren’t going to have to wait that long for a new passenger experience. Last week the airline rolled out the first of seven A330s to be retrofitted with new fully-flat beds. Unlike the current two aircraft only flying between Portugal and North America that feature the same cabin to their sister company Azul, the new aircraft feature Thompson Aero Vantage seats that offer a much more spacious business class product. Almost every seat offers all-aisle access and only three seats in the whole cabin means having to step over the neighbour.
It is interesting to see the airline has adopted a ‘moss’ green design for business class, removing the sea of blue seats the airline used to offer. It’s more subdued, and references the brand colours of the airline, but is a noticeable brand departure from the previous business class product. While the rest of the A330 fleet will remain with the older product, the chances are getting higher that you will be able to travel on TAP’s most popular South American routes in relative comfort in the coming months at what are still, competitively priced products.