Budget airline AirAsia X to introduce flat-bed seating

A budget airline is bucking the trend for no-frills flying and making a daring leap into the world of luxury travel – by introducing flat-bed seats on its planes.

AirAsia X claims to be the first low-cost flyer in the world to offer this service.

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Flat out: AirAsia X will phase in its flat-bed seating by June

The ‘flatbed premium seats’ will be introduced in the carrier’s business class section, and will be phased in by June of this year.

Up to 18 flatbeds will be available on each flight, depending on the size of the aircraft.

The airline is also refurbishing its basic seats, and says that the upgrades will not affect the price of an economy-class ticket.

The flatbed seats will be 20 inches wide, and stretch out to a length of 77inches when fully reclined.

The airline is based in Malaysia and predominantly operates in south-east Asia and Australia, but also offers a long-haul service from London Stansted to Kuala Lumpur.

“After reviewing all the feedback that we received from guests on our services, the need for better and comfortable seats tops the list,” says Azran Osman-Rani, the airline’s CEO.

Air New Zealand made similar headlines in January when it announced plans to bring in a budget variation of flat-bed seating in its economy-class cabins.

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