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Angled Cabin Seats, Is It Disconcerting?  
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6376 posts, RR: 21
Posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

It seems that more and more Airlines are installing seats at an angle in their First and Business class cabins.

Does anyone find being seated like this unpleasant ? Maybe it's just me but I like being 'lined up' with the direction of flight.

Not to mention it looks weird, like a bunch of really crowded office cubicles !

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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3988 times:

Of course there must be certain trade-offs involved in order for airlines to make the final decision to install at an angle. People travelling together may find it a hindrance to conversation depending on the specific layout. However, many solo travelers may welcome the degree of privacy it offers, in contrast with a “straight-line layout”.

I have had the privilege of flying in Executive First on Air Canada on their 77W’s and must say that I actually prefer the angled layout much more than the straight-line layout that one would find in South African Airways’ Business Class, which I still find a good product. Some may flame me for this, but I don’t like the new business class product on SQ’s A380’s or 77W’s. Sure there are different positives and negatives to each configuration, but I guess you cannot please everyone.



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User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week ago) and read 3934 times:

In BA F class the privacy afforded is good. I don't mind having the wife seat by herself, as we both sleep on the long haul flights, and we do not talk much due to aircraft noise, so angled seats are fine by me.

In J the only angled seats I have used was on a couple of Cathay flights, and once again, they were fine, although a lot more "cosier" than first...

User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8317 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3913 times:

I've only travelled in one style angled seat in J, being NZ which I am very happy with, I'm a single traveller with a penchant for privacy and a feeling like it is my own space. That is easily achieved in these seats as soon as you board the aeroplane.

User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 4284 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

I have done BA First at an angle and the Club straight on,and reverse, for me it doesn't matter. I do,however, like to be able to look out the window from my seat with ease, that is important to me.

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User currently onlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 6960 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 1):
I don’t like the new business class product on SQ’s A380’s or 77W’s

It's better than SQ's A330s and short-haul 777s! My mother flew SQ J last month and loved the space and privacy of her one 77W flight, but all the rest were on 333s of which she didn't have anything positive to say!

The SQ long-haul product is great is you like to curl up, sit sideways, lie at an angle etc. If, however, you simply sleep lying straight out then it's problematic. I personally sleep in the foetal position so having that extra width would suit me perfectly, but it's obviously personal preference.

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User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8970 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3765 times:
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Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 3):
I've only travelled in one style angled seat in J, being NZ which I am very happy with

Me too, I have been in BP 3 times and loved it. The flights were all overnight sectors so I wasn't really fussed about not being able to easily look out the window... there was nothing to see anyway. I would far rather have a horizontal bed which is angled laterally than a sloping bed as so many airlines have (I'm a restless sleeper, so on a sloped bed I end up sliding downhill two or three times in a night, waking up in a crumpled heap and then having to get up and remake my bed).

Of course the preference is a very individual thing which means that no airline is going to please all their customers.

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