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Why Dont More Airlines Have Footrests In Y?  
User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4780 times:

I was thinking, Why don't more airlines put footrests on their seats in economy. The only airlines I know that do that are IB and AZ, but there are probibly more. Any carriers in the United States that have any?? It would make the seats more comfortable and enjoyable.

Kris
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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4762 times:

I'm not aware of any US carrier that has footrests on coach. Part of the reason for this is that it costs more money for that kind of seat, and they probably require more seat pitch.

Also, if you want something like that, US carriers generally want you to buy the business/first class tickets. They are, after all, a business interested in making a profit.

I doubt it, but they may also be an evacuation hazard. I'm really not familiar enough with them to know how much they may or may not block middle/window seat passengers from safely getting to an aisle.



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User currently offlineOz777 From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 521 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4755 times:

NZ also has them in Y class - part of the take-off and landing briefing is to stow them. Only problem is if you have long legs, they hit the seat back tray.

Otherwise they are quite comfortable

OZ777


User currently offlineBigmo747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4730 times:

PK (Pakistan International) have them in Y on their 743's.

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4724 times:

Swissair had them in Y on their A330s and as far as I know, Swiss did not reconfigure those planes, so Swiss probably has them. Swissair had a 31" pitch, so I don't think that pitch had to be increased to put them in. Those foot rests retracted upwards too, thus not blocking anything, so probably did not block evacuation were it needed. I do not know how they work on other airlines though as my flights on SR were the only ones I have ever had footrests on. They were certainly good to have though.

-Airplanetire


User currently offlineWestjet_8 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4723 times:

Air Canada have them at least on their newer A320 series air craft. Theirs are great. Add a lot of comfort. Might not be around too much longer though.


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User currently offlineEzra From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4697 times:

DL has/had them on some of their 763ER's, I know. They were really uncomfortable, though, because the pitch was so small that the footrest either hit your shins (when it was in the up position) or forced your knees into the seat in front of you (when it was in the down position). Not good at all, in my opinion.


User currently offlineSpyderz From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

All of Air Canada's 321's have footrests (not sure about the leased Air France ones though) as well as what Westjet_8 stated about newer 320 family aircraft. They also have footrests on a few 763's, but the majority of them do not.

User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4669 times:

does jetBlue?
if not, than Mr Neelman should get on to that!


User currently offlineSpeedbirdyvr From Canada, joined Mar 2003, 168 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4659 times:

CX has footrests installed in Y Class too.

User currently offlineUnitedFirst From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 478 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4637 times:

Austrian Airlines has them on all of their A330-200s, and selected A340s (if memory serves).

In addition, I seem to recall Singapore Airlines touting footrests on their Economy Class seats.

Derek


User currently offlineClipper471 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4629 times:
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TWA had them, if I remember the aircraft correctly, in their 747s before retiring them.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4611 times:

United's early A320s had them, though I believe they were taken out. I remember my one and only trip on a UA A320, and the footrest was nice to have.

If Greyhound can have footrests on their buses, why can't the majors put them in a coach seat on a plane?



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User currently offlineMidEx717 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4580 times:

Midwest Airlines has footrests in the brand new B717's

User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4544 times:

Kuwait Airways also has footrests in it's economy cabin on board the A340 fleet. I guess they are comfortable for some but I never ever use them and keep it stowed, I prefer less stuff around my legs.


I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4529 times:

BA have them on the 744's, and so do SQ. Provided they are properly stowed for T/O and landing they are no more of a hazard the tray tables.



Matt



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4482 times:

I went on an AA DC10 a very long time ago, but i remeber having a footrest in Y.


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User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4403 times:

Thanks for all of the help.

Kris
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User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 909 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4380 times:

Besides the expense of putting them in and maintaing them, is their a significant weight penalty incurred with them? I mean, you wouldn't think it would be significant, but I wonder if it has an effect on the total weight of the aircraft.

Just a question and my 2 cents.  Smile

CAETravlr



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