What do US policymakers make of UK strategic thinking in the wake of the Integrated Review, and how could subsequent events affect the transatlantic defence relationship?
May debut for new Korean 777s
The first of 11 new Boeing 777-300ERs that Korean Air is due to receive in May will feature Thales TopSeries IFE and new first and business-class seats.
The four 777-300s that the airline currently uses on short/medium-haul routes are configured for 12 first-class, 28 business and 336 economy passengers. The new ERs will also be three-class but are expected to have fewer seats.
Korean also operates a total of 18 777-200/200ERs.
First-class in the -300ERs will feature the Kosmo Sleeper seat from Contour of the UK. Custom-built for Korean, the 30in-wide seat offers a 23in touchscreen to deliver the carrier’s Sky IFE offering, 180-degree recline to form a 27in-wide full-flat bed, privacy partitions and an 18in by 27in table. Other amenities include lumbar massage, movable armrests, a companion seat and individual reading lights.
The business seat, by B/E Aerospace, also reclines to 180 degrees. It comes with a 15.4in screen, lumbar massage and partitions.
The economy seat, from Weber of the USA, has a compact design intended to yield increased personal space at a given seat pitch. It has a 10.6in screen, adjustable headrests, footrests and a cup-holder.
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