A look at the new ‘premium comfort class’ seats – available on flights from South Africa next year

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced the introduction of new ‘premium comfort class’ seats which will be available on flights from South Africa in 2023.

The new class is set to fit in between the existing economy and world business seats, and will feature a new type of seat and distinctive service and catering concepts.

Depending on the aircraft type, the capacity of premium comfort class will vary from 21 to 28 seats, which will be wider than standard seats, offering more leg room, a larger screen and a footrest. Premium comfort seats can also recline further than economy class seats.

The new seats in premium comfort class were designed by Collins Aerospace and specialists at KLM customer experience. Apart from their new design and comfort features, the seats are also lighter than previous designs.

On intercontinental services, one or two hot meals will be served, depending on the duration of the flight. There will always be a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian dishes. After the meal, passengers will be offered coffee, tea, liqueur and ice cream. A variety of snacks and cocktails will also be served between meals, which will be largely selected from those that were previously popular in World Business Class.

South African passengers will be one of the first in the world to enjoy Premium Comfort Class when it officially launches on routes to and from Amsterdam from next year.

“We are very excited for the launch of the Premium Comfort offering launching on South African routes next year,” said Wilson Tauro, country manager of Southern African Region at Air France-KLM.

“We strive to give our South African travellers the best in-flight experience and we look forward to having both our business and leisure travellers experience this game-changing new offering soon.”


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A look at the new ‘premium comfort class’ seats – available on flights from South Africa next year