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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 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4560 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, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4552 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, 2992 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4519 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 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4486 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 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4384 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, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4296 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 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4181 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, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

Is recaro really that famous in this business?


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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 850 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4105 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, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3987 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 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3820 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, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3643 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, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3571 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, 1540 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3487 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 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3401 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 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3241 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 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3185 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 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3124 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 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3117 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 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3092 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, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3051 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 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3048 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 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3049 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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