SkyTeam member Air France plans to roll-out upgraded cabins and inflight connectivity on 15 of its Airbus A330s by 2020, as part of a €140 million ($160 million) investment plan.

Under the new design, which comes amid several strategic changes at the carrier, Air France’s A330s will be configured with 36 business-class seats, 21 in premium economy and 167 in economy.

The new leather business-class seat converts into a lie-flat bed that is 2m long and 57.1cm wide, with sliding privacy panels between seats. The business-class product also features an 18.5-in. extra-wide HD touch-screen monitor.

In premium economy, the new seats are 48.5cm wide, with a 102cm pitch, a wider footrest and a 130-deg. fixed-shell recline. Passengers get additional storage space, a 13.3-in. HD screen, a power outlet and two USB ports.

Economy passengers will get more space between armrests, a larger tray table, 79cm of legroom and a 118-deg. recline, along with a wider 11.6-in. HD touch-screen monitor, a personal power outlet and a USB port.

The first flight with upgraded A330 cabin operated between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Accra, Ghana, on Feb. 3.

During winter 2018-19, the modified A330s will be deployed on routes to Accra (Ghana), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Houston (US). From summer 2019, they will also serve Cotonou (Benin), Lagos (Nigeria), Niamey (Niger), Bengaluru and Delhi (India), as well as Seattle, Chicago and Dallas (US).

Air France will offer three connectivity options on board. Social media messaging will be free of change, with the Message Pass. If passengers want to check emails and browse the internet, they will need to buy a Surf Pass, costing €3 on short haul, from €5 on medium haul, €8 for one hour of a long-haul flight, or €18 for the whole long-haul flight. The top-tier Stream Pass, for high-speed browsing on long-haul flights, will cost €30.

“This Air France CONNECT offer will also be available on board the Boeing 787 and gradually installed on board the Boeing 777. The entire Air France fleet will be equipped with AIR FRANCE CONNECT by the end of 2020,” Air France said.

Victoria Moores victoria.moores@informa.com