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WAEA2009: Continental to introduce new lie-flat seat by end of October

Continental Airlines is set to introduce its first newly configured Boeing 777-200ER with its BusinessFirst flat-bed seat by the end of October.

Brian Roland, engineering project manager for Continental Airlines, told ATI and Flightglobal on the sidelines of an event at the World Airline Entertainment Association conference and exposition, that 777 Ship 13 (N78013), which is currently being modfied, will be the first to feature the new 50-seat business class cabin.

The seat, which is made by B/E Aerospace, features a full 180-degree, 198.1 cm (6-ft, 6-in) lie-flat seat, as well as Panasonic IFE system with hand controller and US compatible power plug.

The airline also plans to feature introduce the flat-bed seat on its Boeing 787 aircraft, along with its existing 767-400ER, 767-200 and 757-200 fleets.

The installation of the new seats on the 777-200ER fleet is expected to be completed by August 2011, with the remainder of the existing fleet a year later.

Continental operates a fleet of 20 777s and holds orders for an additional eight.

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