Brussels Airlines is upgrading the cabins and introducing a premium economy class on its newly acquired Airbus A330-330s.

The Lufthansa Group subsidiary is replacing seven leased A330s in its long-haul fleet with second-hand A330-300s and refurbishing the cabins of the new arrivals at a cost of €10 million ($14.1 million) per aircraft.

The new business class cabin, designed in collaboration with JPA Design, features 30 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat can be converted to a lounge sofa or a 2-m full-flat bed with adjustable softness, and includes a tilting 15.6-in. IFE screen and noise-canceling headphones. Behind the cabin is walk-up bar—a first for the airline.

“With this significant investment in our long-haul travel experience, we emphasize once more our commitment toward an exceptional passenger experience. The experience delivered by the finest boutique hotels has been the source of inspiration for our new intercontinental business class,” airline CEO Christina Foerster said.

The carrier is also launching a premium economy class on the A330s, with 24 seats in 2-3-2 configuration. The seats have a 38-in. pitch—23% more than economy class––13.3” screens, and tables with an AC outlet and USB port.

The new economy class seats have ergonomic headrests with adjustable neck support, a USB port and a 10.1-in. screen. The economy cabin has 242 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.

The first refurbished aircraft is scheduled to be operational in April.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at