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China Southern Adds New Shell Flat Bed Seats

China Southern Airlines the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China, has put the Premium back into its world-famed Premium Business Class with this week’s delivery of the nation’s first Airbus A330 aircraft, featuring brand-new, cocoon-style shell flat bed seats.

Direct from the Airbus factory floor in Toulouse, France, China Southern’s brand-new Airbus A330 features 24 Minipod Premium Business Class seats from B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Nasdaq:BEAV), which has won four prestigious design awards and was a nominee for Flight International’s 2004 Aerospace Industry Award.

“Clearly setting the standard in Business Class service in China and throughout Asia, China Southern has put the emphasis on Premium,” said Mr. Li Kun, Executive Vice President, China Southern Airlines. He added that the new minipod design, “offers all of the key design features that our Premium Business Class customer expects of China’s largest and best airline.”

China Southern Airline’s all-new Premium Business Class seats feature:

—An ergonomically designed fixed privacy shell which transforms into an eight degree flat bed—1.9 meters long. The entire seat translates forward—and widens—in one swift motion—offering a private fixed living space for each passenger;


—Independent rotating leg rest adjustments which raises up and down—provides support to lower legs and calves;

—Electrically extending foot rest extension and bottom cushion extension which lengthens and shortens;

—Fully adjustable, automatic lumbar massage function;

—Multi-functional telephone and video control unit which controls 10.4 inch LCD tilting viewing screen and on-board music channels;

—Easily accessible, AC power plugs for laptops and CD players. No adaptors are needed;

—Private storage cavity and hip recess for added personal convenience;

—58 inches of pitch between shell pods;

—Individual directional LED reading light with full intermediate dimming;

—Pull-out privacy divider separating each passenger.