Air China’s New Business Class Suite With Doors (Recaro CL6720 Seat)

Air China’s New Business Class Suite With Doors (Recaro CL6720 Seat)

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Air China will be the launch customer for the newest business class suite with doors.

Recaro’s CL6720 seat debuts on Air China

German aircraft seat manufacturer Recaro has revealed that Air China will be the first airline to install the new Recaro CL6720 seat.

These seats will debut on Air China’s upcoming 15 Airbus A350-900s that are on order, as the airline is supposed to start taking delivery of these planes as of the first half of 2022. For context, Air China already has 15 A350-900s in its fleet, featuring reverse herringbone seats, which was already a new type of business class seat for the airline.

For the first time ever, Air China will be introducing business class seats with doors. The new cabins will have staggered seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring a lot more privacy than was previously found on these planes. As you’d expect, all seats have direct aisle access and turn into 78″ fully flat beds, with “premium foam technology.”

Based on the pictures, it appears that the walls are quite high, and that passengers will have quite a “cocoon” for getting comfortable. Recaro also claims that these seats are lightweight, helping airlines save on fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Below are some pictures of the new seats.

Recaro CL6720 cabin
Recaro CL6720 suite
Recaro CL6720 seats
Recaro CL6720 seats

This is an evolution of the Recaro CL6710 seat

If the general seat design (minus the doors and high walls) looks familiar, it’s because this seat is based on one of Recaro’s previous seat models. Specifically, this is an evolved (and more private) version of the Recaro CL6710 seat. This seat can be found on EL AL’s Boeing 787-9s, TAP Air Portugal’s Airbus A330-900neos, and Azul’s Airbus A330-900neos.

EL AL’s Boeing 787-9 business class (Recaro CL6710 seat)

For those who haven’t flown this seat, I think it’s most comparable to United’s new Polaris seats, in terms of the general layout and comfort (though that seat is from a different manufacturer).

It seems like Recaro’s new business class suite has the same general footprint, just with significantly more privacy and a door.

Bottom line

Air China will be the launch customer for Recaro’s new CL6720 business class product, which features direct aisle access and doors. Air China will install this seat on upcoming Airbus A350 deliveries, and I imagine other airlines will offer this product as well.

This is an evolution of the CL6710 seat, which is found on EL AL, TAP Air Portugal, etc. This looks like an excellent business class product, and it’s great to see the general trend of more seating manufacturers introducing products with doors.

What do you make of the new Recaro CL6720 seat?

(Tip of the hat to Executive Traveller)

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  1. Bob

    Will those doors keep the smell of cigarette smoke coming from the bathrooms and the cockpit?

  2. Steven E

    Love the seats however I will skip on the carrier Thankyou

  3. AC

    Why are people so fixated on doors? that is such a petty thing to worry about. Someone could still walk by and spit on you so it isn't like the "door" does much. Such first world problems - people (including Ben) don't have much in their lives if one of their top issues is whether a business class seat has a door or not. It is a damn seat - get over it people!

  4. Darlene D

    Boycott all communist Chinese carriers until Hong Kong regains its freedom.

  5. Moyang

    How many J seats will there be in their new configuration, still 32?

  6. Chris

    I can't help but think that a door on such a seat is probably the most overhyped and overrated thing on airplanes today, perhaps just behind eliminating overhead bins to make the cabin seem bigger.

    1. Talent Hacker

      Doors are awesome ... Stop complaining.. have you ever flown QR or ANA business class. If you did, you wouldn't say that

    2. Chris

      Yes, both. The seats themselves are great but the doors aren't what make them stand out IMO.

    3. Chris

      Oh I forgot to add, the reason I mentioned the overhead bins. If I'm not mistaken, didn't QR remove the center overhead space to make the cabin 'feel bigger,' only to then play up closing doors on your little suite in order to feel more closed in?

    4. David

      There are plenty of people who like doors, and your own assessment of doors don't dictate everyone else's preferences. If you don't like doors keep it open, and it's almost like it's not there.

    5. Chris

      I didn't say they couldn't put doors on; I suggested it was overhyped, which is - by its nature - an opinion.

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Talent Hacker

Doors are awesome ... Stop complaining.. have you ever flown QR or ANA business class. If you did, you wouldn't say that

David

There are plenty of people who like doors, and your own assessment of doors don't dictate everyone else's preferences. If you don't like doors keep it open, and it's almost like it's not there.

Bob

Will those doors keep the smell of cigarette smoke coming from the bathrooms and the cockpit?

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