Revealed: Etihad’s New Boeing 787 Business Class Suite

Revealed: Etihad’s New Boeing 787 Business Class Suite

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Etihad Airways will be introducing a new kind of business class seat starting in 2023, and it looks pretty promising.

Etihad 787s getting new Collins Aerospace Elements seats

As reported by Executive Traveller, Etihad Airways has revealed that it will be installing the new Collins Aerospace Elements seat on newly delivered Boeing 787s as of 2023. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier still has many Boeing 787s on order, including 11 Boeing 787-9s.

For context, Etihad’s Boeing 787s currently feature the Business Studio, which is a solid staggered configuration with seats that alternate between being forward and rear facing.

Etihad’s current Boeing 787 business class

Meanwhile Etihad recently unveiled its new A350 business class, which is the Collins Aerospace Super Diamond configuration, featuring reverse herringbone seats with doors.

Etihad’s new Airbus A350 business class

The new Collins Aerospace Elements seat seems like an upgrade over both of those products. The seats are also in a reverse herringbone configuration, and feature privacy doors. For all practical purposes, think of the future delivery 787-9s as featuring an upgraded version of the new A350 business class.

The new suite is supposed to feature more privacy and personal space. Below are pictures of the seat per Executive Traveller, not yet customized with Etihad finishes.

Collins Aerospace Elements business class seat
Collins Aerospace Elements business class seat
Collins Aerospace Elements business class seat
Collins Aerospace Elements business class seat

My take on Etihad’s new business class seat

Collins Aerospace manufactures some great seats, and the new Elements product is supposed to be an evolution of the Super Diamond configuration that’s already in service.

Of course it’s hard to fully judge this seat without actually sitting in it. Furthermore, while it’s claimed that the seat offers more personal space and privacy, it would help to see a potential seatmap, to give a sense of whether passengers are actually being allocated more space, or if existing space is just being used more creatively.

This looks like an excellent product, and I’m excited to see it enter service as of next year. I suspect this will become the new gold standard of “generic” business class hard products.

Etihad’s upcoming Boeing 787s are getting new seats

Bottom line

Etihad Airways will be installing the Collins Aerospace Elements seats on its new Boeing 787s that are delivered as of 2023. The airline just introduced a new business class on its A350s, and now yet another new product will be introduced.

I’m excited about this, though will reserve full judgment for when I actually sit in a seat like this.

What do you make of Etihad’s new business class?

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  1. Sam Guest

    A revolutionary introduction would be partner award space on north American routes to auh.

  2. Ibrahim Guest

    Destinations are less comparing to Emirates also no other airlines flying from Abudhabi which force people to travel all the way to dubai last thing to say is the over prices.

  3. Chandan Bhat Gold

    Hey Lucky,

    Unrelated, but it seems Air India is ordering A350s

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/air-india-decides-to-procure-airbus-a350-aircraft-first-planes-delivery-likely-by-march-2023-8692541.html/amp

    1. Azeem Mohammed Guest

      I am really excited about the Air India's near future prospects. With newer planes, better service and great connectivity I would be happy to fly with them in the coming years.

  4. fod New Member

    The design of the two rows are slightly different if you look at the side table and controls.

  5. MarcoLA Guest

    I prefer their current seat. That Collins herringbone design is nice and i’ve enjoyed it on several airlines, but the current Etihad seat is very private…if you have one of the window-side seats. Its comfortable as a bed and has a nice recline for long-haul sitting. With the Collins sear your head is right next to the aisle when sleeping. If anyone bumps into your seat you’re gonna feel it. Seems that they should’ve done...

    I prefer their current seat. That Collins herringbone design is nice and i’ve enjoyed it on several airlines, but the current Etihad seat is very private…if you have one of the window-side seats. Its comfortable as a bed and has a nice recline for long-haul sitting. With the Collins sear your head is right next to the aisle when sleeping. If anyone bumps into your seat you’re gonna feel it. Seems that they should’ve done something more dramatic if they wanted to completely change their product.

    1. 770 eastern parkway Guest

      recently flew EY J and I actually found the bed to be quite hard compared to many other J products. and in terms of privacy it's definitely not very private if you're sitting by the window regardless if backwards or forwards, as only seats in the center section have sliding partition ability. so if the person sitting across from you in that seat decides not to slide it, you will be able to see his...

      recently flew EY J and I actually found the bed to be quite hard compared to many other J products. and in terms of privacy it's definitely not very private if you're sitting by the window regardless if backwards or forwards, as only seats in the center section have sliding partition ability. so if the person sitting across from you in that seat decides not to slide it, you will be able to see his face and vice versa. and even if they do slide it it's not very wide, so if you or they move a bit you will see them.

  6. Steve N Guest

    But what's so much better compared to its herringbone predecessors? Looks like an evolution to me! Most interesting development this year will probably remain Finnair's AirLounge. Phenomenal hard product.

  7. Max Guest

    Sadly it's not the 787s in need of an upgrade, it's the 777s with the very outdated staggered product that need it, and still fly a number of their long haul routes...

  8. Adil Guest

    Sorry, but the Business Studio wins: true window seat; private; didn't want to get off the plane. This looks no different than any other reverse herringbone seat.

  9. Stuart Guest

    The thing that frustrates me the most is the scattered approach it seems every carrier is taking in introducing these new seats. It's hard to keep up with what you are going to get, especially when they have equipment swaps or change aircraft for particular routes. Consistency, please?

    1. Mike O. Guest

      I think CX is arguably the most consistent in my opinion. While they offer a recliner on their 777-300 (non-ERs) and select A330s, their long-haul product on their 773ERs and A350s are nearly identical with the only change to the positioning of charging ports, entertainment screen, etc. The Japanese carriers to me seem the most inconsistent.

    2. Stuart Guest

      Add to that list the ME carriers. Qatar is still flying around the A330's and 777's with 2-2-2 Business on many long hauls like some of the flights to Frankfurt and Bangkok. How many configs do they have now? 4 total? Maybe 5 or 6 if you count the leased Oman and CX aircraft. EK has three. Etihad I think 3-4? As well, moving west, Turkish has I think 3-4 different. in the east SQ...

      Add to that list the ME carriers. Qatar is still flying around the A330's and 777's with 2-2-2 Business on many long hauls like some of the flights to Frankfurt and Bangkok. How many configs do they have now? 4 total? Maybe 5 or 6 if you count the leased Oman and CX aircraft. EK has three. Etihad I think 3-4? As well, moving west, Turkish has I think 3-4 different. in the east SQ has 3-4 different? I believe AF wins the prize for most variations of a European carrier.

  10. Nirav Guest

    Etihad and Qatar are night and day ahead of Emirates when it comes to business class! Emirates still has a center seat!

  11. Mike O. Guest

    While it's a beautiful looking seat, it's more status quo or industry standard, nothing revolutionary. I mean, what more can you do with a herringbone seat? Improve the bed length, width, and comfort along with improved storage options, wireless charging, and improved IFE system, and that's pretty much it. The Q-Suites, ANA's "The Room", APEX suites on JAL, Korean are revolutionary seats. This is more of an evolution.

  12. Willem Guest

    I was actually really impressed w/ their Business Studio suite when I flew it last year, nice to try a unique product

  13. KATA Member

    Looks like Emirates is really lagging behind now… such an embarrassment given how Etihad is right now but still could pull off a much superior seat.

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Nirav Guest

Etihad and Qatar are night and day ahead of Emirates when it comes to business class! Emirates still has a center seat!

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Mike O. Guest

While it's a beautiful looking seat, it's more status quo or industry standard, nothing revolutionary. I mean, what more can you do with a herringbone seat? Improve the bed length, width, and comfort along with improved storage options, wireless charging, and improved IFE system, and that's pretty much it. The Q-Suites, ANA's "The Room", APEX suites on JAL, Korean are revolutionary seats. This is more of an evolution.

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Willem Guest

I was actually really impressed w/ their Business Studio suite when I flew it last year, nice to try a unique product

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