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Easing the economy-class squeeze


Sam Roggeveen


28 April 2008 16:03

If the new staggered economy-class airline seat pictured below does everything this write-up claims — provide more leg room and personal space while allowing the airline to squeeze in more passengers — then the design firm can write its own cheque. It's interesting to note that a big American airline, Delta, will be first to introduce the new seats — American 'legacy' carriers aren't exactly known for their innovation. We'll see if Qantas and other long haul carriers out of Australia follow suit. In the broader scheme of things, airline seats are a minor matter, but Australia's distance from the rest of the world is a trade barrier, so anything that lowers that barrier is good for our economy.

One other selling point for the seat, mentioned on the company's website (emphasis added):

The high comfort seat is particularly suitable for single aisle aircraft. A conventional seat on a Boeing 737 is 17.5 inches wide; our seats are 19 inches. For an A320 a conventional seat is 18.5 inches; ours is 20 inches. These are valuable increases given the continued growth in average passenger size (particularly US nationals) and the remaining lifespan of the current generation of aircraft.

Given we Australians are right behind the US in the obesity stakes, this might come in handy for Qantas too.

Photo from the Thompson Solutions website.