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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 910 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4610 times:

Hi all and I hope there is some answer.
I am looking to go business class to New Zealand and Australia.
My favorite lady will be with me and it does seem that we will be finding it difficult to sit were we can chat and enjoy the trip.
I have looked at the Air New Zealand and they all seem blocked off from each other. Even the centre ones and I am not the only traveller who would like to be able to chat to my partner during a 14 hour flight??
Is there an airline on this route with decent seats in business who will allow sitting together??

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User currently offlineUAL757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 809 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4572 times:

No way the seats are taken. They may be blocked up until day of dept. Just call the airline that you want to fly on to see if you can get assignments.

BTW as this has been said many times seat maps aren't a good indicator of what's open/taken. Airlines block seats all the time.

MY ADVICE= call the airline.

User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

Calling the airline will work, for business / first class seats they will be glad to help you rearrange the seating so you and your partner can sit together. Also, sometimes when you get on board they will offer to place you two together or you can request it, although it would be safer to call beforehand.

User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8970 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4558 times:
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Quoting Rdwootty (Thread starter):
I have looked at the Air New Zealand and they all seem blocked off from each other.

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 1):
No way the seats are taken. They may be blocked up until day of dept.

I dont think he meant 'blocked' as in allocated - the OP is referring to the layout of NZs J class where the seats have individual direct aisle access but it means that you dont sit next to someone you are travelling with - some people dislike it intensely - for me the 2 huges plusses ( true lie-flat - none of this sleeping on a slope nonsense , and direct aisle access - I dont have to climb over anyone and no-one has to climb over me ) far outweigh the minor inconvenience of having to get up to talk to my partner - I normally spend most of the flight either asleep or engrossed in the AVOD IFE . Furthermore , there is the option for your significant other to come and sit on your footstool when you are not in "bed" mode and have a chat - you can even have your meal together face to face like this - although it makes the table a bit crowded .

Rdwootty - No disrespect but do you really spend 14 hours chatting together on a flight.

I often think the problem here is more one of perception - I know a lot of couples who initially did not like the NZ J class - until they actually tried it - most of them said that they spent too much time actually having a good sleep to worry about not sitting next to their partner .

If it really bothers you my recommendation would be to go for either a combination of A and E seats in the same row number ( or F and K ) - you can look at each other across the aisle - or same letter and one row number apart ( eg A10 A11 so you can stick your head over the divider ) - what you should avoid at all costs is and E/F combination - even though the seats are 'next' to each other you will both be facing out into your respective aisles so you are actually facing away from each other .

Having had the best nights sleep I have ever had on a plane in NZ J my bet is you will spend a lot of time asleep and will arrive feeling as refreshed as you can on the hell journey that is UK/Europe to NZ/Aus with plenty of energy and time to talk to each other once you have arrived .

Enjoy your trip

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User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4448 times:

Quoting Rdwootty (Thread starter):
Is there an airline on this route with decent seats in business who will allow sitting together??

I love the herringbone layout but I am one for sleeping.... so for chatting it wouldnt be the bets but if only for an hour or two I guess it's OK

You say it's a 14 hour flight? Where are you flying from? if the UK... it's a 22 hour flight to Sydney. Your best options if you want to be able to sit next to your partner and chat, are Singapore Airlines (amazing new seats in centre block on A380); or the normal flat agle seats such as on Thai, Malaysian. Then you can also look at BA and try their front and rear facing seats....

Hope this helps

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