Spain-based Air Europa is a SkyTeam airline that doesn’t get all that much attention, though the airline operates quite a few longhaul flights. Their widebody fleet includes:
- 12 A330s, 10 of which are A330-200s, and two of which are A330-300s
- 10 787, eight of which are 787-8s, and two of which are 787-9s
The airline has a further 16 Boeing 787-9s on order, which will eventually replace their existing A330s, meaning the airline will exclusively operate 787s on longhaul flights.
Air Europa’s 787s feature fully flat beds in business class, though it’s an odd configuration. They have a 2-2-2 layout, and it’s similar to the seats Royal Air Maroc has on their 787-8s, where seats are angled towards one another in a rather odd way.
Anyway, Air Europa has announced a huge upgrade to their business class product, as the airline will be introducing business class cabins with direct aisle access from every seat on newly delivered 787-9s.
It looks like they’ll be using reverse herringbone seats for the cabins. Their finishes look pretty basic, though I still think the cabin looks nice.
So, when should we expect these new cabins? The first 787-9 with the new business class seats will be delivered in October of this year:
- Air Europa will take delivery of two 787-9s this April and May, which will still feature their current seats
- Then in the fourth quarter, Air Europa will take delivery of three 787-9s featuring the new business class cabins
- The additional 787-9s joining the fleet in 2020 and 2021 will all feature the new seats
It hasn’t yet been revealed if existing 787s will get the new seats eventually, though it doesn’t sound like there are immediate plans for that.
Here are a couple more pictures the airline has shared on Twitter of mock-ups of the new seats:
The airline also has plans to introduce new amenity kits, and also new menus, though I can’t say either of those looks particularly remarkable…
I have a flight booked on Air Europa’s 787-8 from Madrid to Miami in April, so I guess I’ll be experiencing their “old” business class for now.
What do you make of Air Europa’s new business class? If you’ve flown Air Europa’s current business class, what was your experience like?