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Inside Beond — The Luxury Boutique Airline Flying Between the Maldives and Europe

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If you are unfamiliar with Beond, the start-up carrier that claims to be the world’s first premium leisure airline, it is understandable. The airline is currently in its infancy stage and has only flown 1 flight from its base in Malé, Maldives (MLE) to its first destination — Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (RUH).

However, the luxury all-business Airbus A319 jet is set to take to the skies with paying passengers for only the second time on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, with its inaugural service to Munich, Germany (MUC) from its base in Malé, the Maldives (MLE).

Given the range of the Airbus A319, the jet will make a short stop in Dubai (DWC) to refuel.

Beond Airbus A319 at Dubai Airshow 2023
Beond’s all-back Airbus A319.

We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the aircraft’s stunning interior (and exterior) at the Dubai Airshow, and we couldn’t wait to show you what it’s like.

Inside Beond’s All-Business Airbus A319

Unlike other airlines, such as JetBlue, which opted for a 1-1 configuration in business class on their narrow-body jets, Beond opted for a 2-2 configuration for its 44-seat Airbus A319.

It is logical that, considering the aircraft’s dimensions, Beond opted for the 2-2 configuration. A 1-1 configuration would have required half the number of fare-paying passengers, or 22 seats, which would have resulted in a reduction of the airline’s overall profit.

Beond cabin at Dubai Airshow 2023
Beond’s 2-2-configured cabin could be less desirable for some given the lack of direct aisle access for passengers in the window seats.

Despite the fact that the entire aircraft is furnished with business class seats, there are 2 seat variants that differ marginally.

Beond row 1 Dubai Airshow 2023
The Ottoman seats in row 1 of Beond’s Airbus A319.

Beond’s most exclusive seats are the so-called Ottoman seats, which can be found in row 1 and towards the middle of the plane in the row just after the overwing emergency exits.

Beyond Ottoman seats at Dubai Airshow 2023
A bird’s-eye view of the Ottoman seats.

The footwell of these seats has a larger surface area, which gives passengers more space to spread out and stretch their legs when in the lie-flat position.

Beond flat bed at Dubai Airshow 2023
The Ottoman seat in the lie-flat position, complete with comfy-looking blanket and pillow.

The remaining 36 seats feature a smaller ledge-type surface that connects with the rest of the seat when reclined fully instead of a full footwell. This is because the front seats take up more space, unlike the bulkhead Ottoman seats and the ones right after the overwing exits.

Beond business class regular seat Dubai Airshow 2023
Most of the seats on Beond’s Airbus A319 have foot rests like this.

As for the design, the off-white leather seats pop against the dark shells, and the mixed tones of orange for the bedding and its packaging add a subtle and classy touch of color.

Beond up close Dubai Airshow 2023
“I’m brand new; please be gentle”.

More soft tones of orange are weaved through the tableware, which is accompanied by similar glassware to what is used by several other airlines in their business classes.

Beond silverware at Dubai Airshow 2023
I’ll have the beef, please.

Regarding technology, each passenger has access to a tablet, which will be handed out after take-off and recollected before landing. Ultimately, this means gate-to-gate entertainment is not an option for Beond passengers as of now. However, the screen quality appears to be excellent.

Beond tech amenities Dubai Airshow 2023
Will you “Discover the Maldives” with Beond?

I had the opportunity to meet some of the crew members, who I believe will enhance the already luxurious and personalized onboard experience when flying with Beond to and from the Maldives.

Beond cabin crew Dubai Airshow
Watch out for Kiara and Alan on your next flight with Beond!

And there you have it, an exclusive look at Beond’s maiden flight to Europe before it lands in Munich, Germany, on November 15, 2023.

Beond tail number at Dubai Airshow 2023
Beond’s Maldives-registered jet with tail number 8Q-FBA is bound for Europe.

Final Thoughts

It was a real treat to get up close and personal with the luxury jet of a brand new boutique airline only a few days after its inaugural service. Here at Upgraded Points, we’ll be following Beond’s journey closely as it becomes more established as a carrier and, hopefully, launches more routes in line with its ambitious growth plans.

Beond livery close up at Dubai Airshow 2023
Beond.
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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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