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Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes  
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Hello all,

my girlfriend and I just returned from a trip to Asia. We were on 12 flights between various Asian cities, two of them were in Cathay Pacific's Business Class, there I noticed something strange:

CX seat numbering beginns not with seat row no. 1 but with seat row 11 (at least in their 773 and 333). During check-in I asked for seats as far up in the front of the cabin as possible, the check-in agent replied: "No problem Sir, not many people have checked in until now, so I give you 12A and 12C", I thought: "What an idiot, row 12 is not in the front of the cabin", took the boarding passes and went away. Then, during boarding, the big surprise, 12 A and C are the seats in the first row of the Biz Class.

I never saw that before on another airline, is there any explanation why CX have such a strange seat numbering? Are there other airlines who have a similar strange and confusing seat numbering?

Patrick

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User currently offlineKFly From Australia, joined May 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

SQ has a similar seating arrangement on their 2 classe planes. Raffles Class (Business) starts from row number 11. Even when there are only 2 or 3 physical rows of First class seats, Raffles Class always starts from row number 11, even though physically it's the 3rd or 4th row on the plane.

Similar for QF, Business Class in their 3 class 744s starts from row number 11 on the upper deck even though there are physically 4 rows of First Class. But on their 2 class planes, Business class starts from row number 1.

I'm sure a few other airlines have the same arrangement. Seems like an industry standard.


K



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User currently offlineDaumueller From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 693 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

on TG, Business class on A300/A330 also starts at row 11

User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

On SQ's three-class aircraft, First Class starts from Row 1, Business Class Row 11. Hence, on a two-class aircraft Business Class starts at Row11 because you don't want to confuse paxs into thinking they're in First. I suspect the same holds true for CX.

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17186 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Lots of airlines will also keep numbering for different versions of the same plane (762-763) and just lop off a couple in the middle, so Monkey always starts on the same row for example.


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineJafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

I think it is so if the plane gets reconfigured into all coach seating they only have to renumber the front section and not the entire plane.

For example of NWA 757 rows 1-6 are FC and coach begins at row 14. If the plane needed to be changed to an all coach class configuration then rows 1-13 can simply replace rows 1-6 and the rest of the seat numbers stay the same.


User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

You'll also find that CX/SQ start the economy at row 31. Like others have said, the first number indicates class. 0= First (As in seat 01A), 1/2= Business 3=Economy

BA have seat numbers in the 60's for the upperdeck. Once a friend of mine was upgraded, but it wasn't made clear. She walked right to the back of the jumbo before being directed upstairs by a flight attendent.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

You'll also find that CX/SQ start the economy at row 31. Like others have said, the first number indicates class. 0= First (As in seat 01A), 1/2= Business 3=Economy

Very interesting, thanks for this information!

Thanks to everyone who replied!

Patrick


User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

And just to add, upperdeck on the CX 744s start at 80.

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