Photos of the new suites have already popped up on social media, and you will find some of them in the gallery above, courtesy of Planet News 777. It looks like there are eight such suites onboard the 777-300E, using a seat configuration similar to that found on British Airways’ Boeing 787-9s and 787-10s, but with the addition of a closing door.
This door creates a more personalized flight experience by allowing the traveler to effectively shut everything out. Granted, it won’t offer much protection in terms of concerns related to the ongoing health crisis, except for the fact that it will serve to encourage others to socially distance. In plain speak: it will send the message to everyone else that you’re not to be approached.
The infotainment screen has also been updated, and the heavily padded quilted seat has an optional bed mode, in which it measures 22 inches (55.8 cm) in width and 73 inches (185.4 cm) in length. Forbes says frequent fliers on the Heathrow – New York JFK route will be able to test out the new suites.
Granted, closing doors on suites in first- or business class are not a novel idea. Some even hope it might pick up speed and receive implementation in economy class as well, given the need to maintain social distance.
A few quick snaps of the new/updated F seat on G-STBM pic.twitter.com/AvYbmqn6M2— N (@Planenews_777) October 7, 2020