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SAA Updates Economy Class On A346  
User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4643 times:

What has been rumored long along has now been semi-officially confirmed in SAA's timetable. SAA will increase the average seatpitch by 2" to 33". The new timetable also shows already the new seat plans for the A340-600 and A340-300. It will take about 12-15 months for the retrofitting of the entire fleet.

Preferred seats on the new aircraft will be row 45 and seat 73D (which will judging by the seat plans) be equal to the current seat 74D.

ZSSNC


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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

Whats SAA current seating on the 346 & 343?

What will be the new seating on the 346 & 343 (how many seats)?

Rob!


User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3001 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4602 times:

This is good news. I have heard very negative things about the seat pitch in economy on SAA's A340s. Knowing that the aircraft are being used on some of the longest flights in the world, 31" seemed awfully cruel!


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User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4569 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Whats SAA current seating on the 346 & 343?

What will be the new seating on the 346 & 343 (how many seats)

The current seating is 291 in Economy Class. The new layout shows 275 seats. Business Class remains unchanged at 42. (all figures apply to the 346. I would have to look up the 343).

ZSSNC

[Edited 2005-03-30 22:19:16]


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User currently offlineAT502B From South Africa, joined Dec 2004, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4467 times:

Well,its about time this became official. Currently the pitch is 31 inches, and it's unbelievably tight- especially when the person in front of you reclines his/her seat- then try eating while staring into that persons scalp. Anyway I'm glad the improvements are on the way Big grin

ZSSNC- where are you getting these new seat plans? I believe the ones on flysaa.com are still the old version.



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User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4379 times:

May I ask, what kind of seats do they use? Is it Recaro again?


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User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 5):
May I ask, what kind of seats do they use? Is it Recaro again?

Yes, the seats will remain the Recaro seats which are already installed on the aircraft. The seat pitch is increased by removing two rows of seats from the aircraft.

Quoting AT502B (Reply 4):
ZSSNC- where are you getting these new seat plans? I believe the ones on flysaa.com are still the old version.

There is a seat plan 1A featuring the new layout for both the A340-300 and A340-600 in the summer timetable (eff. 27 March).

ZSSNC



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User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4216 times:

Is recaro really that famous in this business?


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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 854 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4188 times:

Off topic, but when are SAA phasing out the 340-200???

Just curius...thx!

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4070 times:
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Quoting Solnabo (Reply 8):
Off topic, but when are SAA phasing out the 340-200???

I was told yesterday by someone in SAA flight ops that there are still 2 more coming!



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3903 times:
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Quoting Solnabo (Reply 8):
Off topic, but when are SAA phasing out the 340-200???

Not too soon for sure, IMHO. Some of the A343's are going to Jet Airways on the one side. At the same time SAA is increasing frequencies to GRU, CDG, ZRH and also starting a daily CPT-FRA service. SAA also intends to boost frequencies to LAD and LOS. Also keep the future IAD services in mind...

Rgds

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User currently offlineN743AS From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3726 times:

Having just "survived" JNB-JFK...I can tell you that SAA is a little cruel with seat pitch. I did the ATL run a few weeks ago and found the A346 was much more comfortable than the A343. Thats good news for SAA!!!!

-743AS



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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2094 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

So what's so special about the mysterious seat 74D that I've seen mentioned a few times now in posts relating to SAA and the A346?


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User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Noticed on the SAA timetable that the SA221 LHR-CPT on 28 Dec will be an A346 rather than the usual 744. Does anyone know if this is a regular change or just seasonal?


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User currently offlineAXESS From Japan, joined Mar 2004, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

Apart from SA, which airline increased economy class seat pich recently?

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3324 times:
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Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 12):
So what's so special about the mysterious seat 74D that I've seen mentioned a few times now in posts relating to SAA and the A346?

There is no seat located in front of you, due to a service panel situated in that area. Thus you have all the legspace in the world, no one to recline into your lap and no pesky inflight-entertainment boxes to take up footspace. All at a Y-class fare.

Rgds

SA7700



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User currently offlineAT502B From South Africa, joined Dec 2004, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 15):
There is no seat located in front of you, due to a service panel situated in that area

That service panel is actually the escape hatch for the crew rest area which is below in the cargo compartment. So if there was ever a fire below and you were sitting in that seat you'd be the first to know about it!!



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3207 times:
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Quoting AT502B (Reply 16):
So if there was ever a fire below and you were sitting in that seat you'd be the first to know about it!!

Thanks AT502B, I will keep that in mind, should the occasion arise (touchwood).  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineSonicKidatBWI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Can someone explain the significance of seat pitch when it comes to a 1, 2, or even 3 inch difference? I'm looking at a ruler and it doesn't even seem like 2 inches would be noticeable to anything but an ant.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

SonicKidatBWI, even half an inch can be significant if the seatback in front of you is where your knees should actually be...

I have the problem that on anything at or below 31 inches (on average "slimline" seats), my knees are in constant contact with the seatback in front of me (and that's with an empty seatpocket): as soon as the person in the seat in front of me decides to recline his seat, things get nasty... for my knees...

So even one inch more is good - two or three inches are something close to a blessing.

Hope that clears it up a bit for you...

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3134 times:
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Quoting SonicKidatBWI (Reply 18):
it doesn't even seem like 2 inches would be noticeable

2 inches can mean the difference between pleasure and frustration!!!



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User currently offlineSonicKidatBWI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Thanks for the clearifications you guys. That really does make a lot of sense.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 20):
2 inches can mean the difference between pleasure and frustration!!!

                 

I wouldn't have put it quite that way... but I'm sure I've heard that line before somewhere... 

Regards,
Frank

[Edited 2005-04-04 21:12:26]


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