KLM has commenced work on completely renewing the cabins of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, for both Business Class and Economy Class.

KLM renews entire cabin interior of 14 Boeing 737-800s

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KLM has commenced work on completely renewing the cabins of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, for both Business Class and Economy Class.

KLM has commenced work on completely renewing the cabins of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, for both Business Class and Economy Class.

The first refurbished aircraft, which are mainly used for European flights, has already gone into service. In March 2022, the interior of the last in this series of 737-800s will be completely transformed. All activities are carried out by KLM’s Engineering and Maintenance division.

Business Class and Economy Class are equipped with new Recaro SL3710 seats offering more comfort and extra legroom. The upholstery is made of mostly recycled leather. The seats, which have no recline, are 20% lighter on average, reducing the total cabin weight by 700 kg.

All refurbished Boeing 737-800s are equipped with Wi Fi, which can be accessed viap purchased vouchers on KLM’s free in-flight portal. Passengers always get 30 minutes of free messaging.

Each seat has its own USB port for charging devices during the flight, while larger overhead bins provide more storage space on board. LED mood lighting creates a fresh or soothing atmosphere – depending on the time of day.

“KLM wants to offer its passengers even more comfort and style on European flights, while reducing the CO2 emissions of flights. That is why KLM continues to invest in its on-board product and sustainability, so we can continue to meet our customers’ expectations and emerge stronger from the crisis,” stated Boet Kreiken, Executive Vice President Customer Experience, KLM.

KLM Wi-Fi portal supported by Viasat

KLM introduces in-flight Wi-Fi on European flights

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KLM Wi-Fi portal supported by Viasat

Viasat is to install connectivity onboard 18 KLM Boeing 737-800 aircraft and 21 of its Embraer E195 aircraft.

The 737-800’s are expected to be outfitted by the end of 2021, and in service by early 2022s. Specifics for the Embraer E195 fleet will be announced at a later time. Both fleets will operate European flight routes only.

Viasat’s IFC equipment is currently installed on two KLM narrow-body Boeing aircraft. During the first week of service, currently ongoing, KLM will encourage passengers to trial the service free-of-charge and provide insights to further optimise the onboard Wi-Fi experience.

Boet Kreiken, EVP Customer Experience stated: “KLM continues to invest in the on-board product, so that we can continue to meet our customers’ expectations and emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. On-board Wi-Fi is an important service that customers want to enjoy for the entire duration of their journey. KLM’s internet service is already being used extensively on our intercontinental flights. Through this partnership with Viasat, we are ensuring that our customers can be online on European flights as well.”

KLM will initially offer three in-flight connectivity packages—Messaging, Surf, and Stream—on all Viasat-equipped aircraft. The Messaging option will give all passengers 30-minutes of free text messaging via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, among other messaging apps. The Surf and Stream options, which can be purchased in-flight, will give passengers the ability to do more on board, with options to surf the internet/email as well as enjoy full video and audio streaming.

KLM already offers Wi-Fi on board the Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 fleets and is currently installing it on the Boeing 777 aircraft. As it stands now, 81% of the intercontinental fleet is equipped with an Internet connection. Passengers are expected to have Internet access on board all intercontinental aircraft by the first quarter of 2022.

TSI Seats Elesa S model economy class seat

AnadoluJet Airlines to fly with Elesa S from TSI Seats

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TSI Seats Elesa S model economy class seat

TSI Seats has delivered five shipsets of its Elesa S model economy class seat to AnadoluJet Airlines, a regional airline brand of Turkish Airlines.

The seats will be installed on 17 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The remaining 12 deliveries of the retrofit project are scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the second quarter of 2021.

AnadoluJet Airlines operates an all 737-800 fleet of 46 aircraft.

Qatar Airways Dreamliner

Qatar Airways upgrades IFE system with unique use experience

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Qatar Airways Dreamliner

Qatar Airways has upgraded its current fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with the Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.

The retrofit installation was conducted without disrupting the utilisation of the fleet and minimising down time.

Thales developed an upgrade program to adapt the existing legacy system to incorporate new AVANT screens and servers into the existing seats and aircraft infrastructure. The turnkey approach includes delivery of full seat modification, hardware and all required certifications, as well as the ability to leverage media integration commonality across the Qatar Airways’ fleet equipped with AVANT.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Salam Al Shawa, said: “As a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry, we are always looking for ways to further enrich our already exceptional 5-Star on board experience for passengers. With the latest in-flight technology, including lightweight screens, greater content storage and full HD touch screens, we are delighted to work with Thales in bringing the most advanced AVANT IFE system on board our Boeing 787-8 fleet.”

Upgrading to AVANT IFE on the Boeing B787-8 fleet introduces the latest High Definition (HD), capacitive touch screen technology enabling passengers to seamlessly navigate the graphical user interface (GUI) using familiar gestures from their smartphone or tablet. The lightweight screens are two to three times brighter than the former technology, featuring more than 16 million colours for a brilliant viewing experience.

The AVANT system offers a large selection of features and applications with high-capacity servers to store over a terabyte of industry leading media content including the latest HD movies, TV show episodes and music collections. Business class passengers will enjoy 17-inch Full HD touch screens; the main cabin will feature the same experience with 12-inch smart displays.

Recaro seating

Recaro enters regional market with KLM Cityhopper contract

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Recaro seating

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) will be the launch customer Recaro’s SL3710 economy class seat.

The Dutch national carrier has ordered more than 5,500 seat pax of the SL3710 and nearly 2,000 seat pax of the BL3710 which are slated for delivering starting in February 2021. The Recaro seats will be retrofitted on several Embraer E190 and Boeing 737-800 and will be linefitted on the Embraer E195

Said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO at Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Not only is this our first step into the regional aviation sector, but it’s also the first time Recaro has outfitted Embraer aircraft. This is not an opportunity we take lightly, and we look forward to continue pursuing our vision of ‘driving comfort in the sky’.”

The SL3710 weighs in at 8 kgs and can potentially save an aircraft up to several thousand euros in fuel costs per year. The BL3710 is a lightweight seat designed for short and medium-haul flights and offers a six-way adjustable headrest and additional back support. The modular seat design also ensures a streamlined cabin layout and minimal maintenance.

“This is a tremendous honour to be named the launch customer for such a high-quality and comfortable, yet lightweight seat as the SL3710,” said Boet Kreiken, Executive Vice President Customer Experience of KLM. “When we introduced our ‘Fly Responsibly’ sustainable travel campaign, we sought out partners who shared this vision. Recaro seats keep us ahead of the curve, as we are continuously improving the passenger journey and are leading the industry in delivering the economic and social value of network aviation in a sustainable way, by making our products and processes even more sustainable.”