KLM has just unveiled a new business class product, which will be rolled out starting in July of 2013. The product is by no means cutting edge, though it does appear to be a fully flat business class product, so it’s certainly an improvement over their current product. I’d say this puts them right in the middle of the pack in terms of their business class product, which isn’t usually a good place to be when you’re just starting the reconfiguration process.
The entire 747 fleet is scheduled to be reconfigured between July of 2013 and April of 2014, after which the 777 fleet will begin to be reconfigured. I guess the bad news is that they’re reducing the number of business class seats on the 747 from 42 to 35, which will likely make award tickets even tougher to come by.
Interestingly Air France has also announced a new business class which is the reverse herringbone found on Cathay Pacific, so I’m kind of surprised Air France and KLM didn’t go with the same product.