How Korean Air achieved widebody comfort in the narrowbody A321neo

The Seoul-based operator is the latest to bring widebody comfort to narrowbody flights. Gordon Smith joined the carrier on board its brand new Airbus A321neo to put it to the test

It’s a bugbear for many frequent flyers. Stepping off a long-haul widebody having enjoyed all the bells and whistles, only to connect onto a second service with an inferior narrowbody product. Not an issue for sub-hour feeder flights, but far from ideal when it’s a meatier three, four or even five-hour onward mission.

The new generation of single-aisle jets have many airlines rethinking what they could, and arguably what they should be doing to help deliver a more seamless product. TAP Air Portugal, JetBlue and Aer Lingus are among those that have launched impressive lie-flat beds on their newest Airbus narrowbodies, and Korean Air is the latest to join the club.

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