Ruscoe From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1560 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
Another thread is running about a 737 replacement, Got me thinking about the next generation seating arrangement.
Personally, I would like to see 2-2-2, This gives every passenger a window or ailse seat. would also be quicker to load. Suppose the main drawback would be the extra 20" or so of fuselage width, and the associated weight.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1970 times:
I think the chances of that happening are somewhere between slim and none...
I think that 3-3 will remain - seeing that trials (and actual experience gained in service) have shown that even a B753, as the longest narrowbody currently in pax service, can be turned around in a reasonable amount of time, I doubt that any airlines are calling for more aisles in narrowbodies.
AKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2191 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
A 2-2-2 arrangement is not as farfetched as you might think. The '7J7' proposal of the mid to late 80's was being touted as a 727 replacement. Other than the unducted fanjet engines, the most distinguishing feature was the proposed 2-2-2 arrangement.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 968 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
Maybe "plastic" aircraft will negate the weight penalty to a certain amount.
Maybe, but you still have to worry about added drag given the increase in forward surface area. New aerodynamics could overcome this as well.
With all the competition developing up to 130 seats, the next generation of 150 seaters, may very well cover a whole new bracket of 150-250 seaters, rather than 120-220 and make 2-3-2 attractive.
The interesting thing about the 7E7 is that while the 7E7SR will most likely be an excellent domestic aircraft, it will nearly 300 passengers in domestic configuration! The 757 was seen as "too much" airplane when it debuted (225 pax) so it will be interesting to see how airlines take to the 7E7SR.
I think the aircraft that replaces the 737 must fill the 125-225 market rather than the 130-180 market it currently covers.