COEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 603 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3053 times:
I now atleast CX has adapted to using the slider seats as opposed to reclining seats in the Y on the new configured aircrafts. While the concept seems cool, but are they really comfortable? I can't imagine that sliding and lowering the knees is as comfortable as being able to recline, especially on a long haul night flight. Does anyone have experience on these seats or other airlines using them.
LDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 175 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2934 times:
I find the new shell seats much more comfortable than the old reclining seats. However, I usually take the CX day flight SFO-HKG and don't sleep at all. I guess the reclining seats are more comfortable for sleeping. Still, the fact that nobody can recline into your face with the new shell seats is a great plus for me. Plus the IFE is much better, too.
NG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2903 times:
I've flown on the new Y class (and also new J Class) and unreservedly find the new Y seats UNCOMFORTABLE!!
Reasons: while the seat squab slides forward and with it, the recline of the backrest changes slightly, the headrest stays in position. So the thigh to waist angle on the hips changes (as you'd expect on a traditional chair), but the upperback to head angle on the neck also changes (not something you'd expect). And this last bit makes it, in my opinion, uncomfortable.
I've tried to slide the head support up all the way to make the head fit into the gap between top of back support and the bottom of the headrest, but that doesn't make it any more comfortable.
Finally, the headrest with its adjustable wings is made from a leatherette material which acts like a suction cup on the ears. Padding on the backrest is also thin. And in the unlikely event of several free seats being available, it is almost impossible to spread out since the armrests don't go up all the way, and the seat squab has the hard sides from the shell.
On the plus side, nobody reclines into you (that doesn't really bother me to start with), IFE is superb, and the glasses storage next to the screen is neat.
Overall, this CX Diamond (OW Emerald) flyer is taking his business to SQ for his European flights.