Korean Air has new Prestige Suites, which offer window-seat travelers a private walkway to the aisle. // © Korean Air
Feature image (above): Korean Air’s Prestige Suites will mainly be on the carrier’s Boeing 747-8i (shown) and 777ER aircraft. // © 2015 Korean Air
Travelers who love the window seat but don’t enjoy climbing over their neighbor to get into the aisle are in luck — provided they’re fine with the pricing of Korean Air’s new Prestige Suites.
The high-end products, which look a little like elongated study carrels, feature a staggered floor plan, offering window-seat travelers their own private walkway to the aisle. The Prestige Suites made their North American debut on Korean Air’s Chicago-Seoul service earlier this fall.
John Jackson, vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas for Korean Air, said the new products are being installed primarily on the carrier’s Boeing 747-8i and 777ER aircraft.
“Those two aircraft models are used for our transpacific flights, and the Prestige Suite is perfect for those long trips,” he said. “We have more 777ER and 747-8i aircraft on order, and all will feature the new suites.”
Other Prestige Suite amenities include adjustable privacy panels between the seats and the aisle; 17” inch monitors controlled by a touch-screen handset resembling a smartphone; 22.5-inch-wide lie-flat seats; and a loaded entertainment system, including popular movies, music and games.
“The pitch between the window suites has been increased to 87 inches,” Jackson said. “Each suite is equipped with plenty of storage and an ottoman where passengers can rest their feet or colleagues can sit and chat.”
Jackson noted that Chicago is a key U.S. gateway for Korean Air and made sense as an American launch point for the Prestige Suites because of the amount of business travel the company sees on the route.
“We have 42 Prestige Suites on our Chicago flight,” he said. “And we know that Chicago-area travelers will appreciate the product.”
According to Jackson, three other U.S. gateways will see Korean Air’s Prestige Suites in the near future.
“Over the next few months, we will be introducing it to additional transpacific markets such as San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C.,” he said.