FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3 Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
Browsing through websites today made me think about something--whether seat comfort or service is more important on long, trans-Pacific or trans-Atlantic flights.
Would you rather have 48" of pitch in Business Class coupled with good onboard service and a lot of good food (Swissair), or have a narrow(er), 6' long, fully reclining bed with "average" service and "average" food (BA)?
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1153 times:
Since I fly coach on the average all the time US airlines I would prefer either!! Actually, I would prefer the Swissair type flight because I think if you have a seat that is in anyway better than a coach seat, one should not complain.
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1133 times:
Seat comfort, rather than onboard service on a long haul flight is definitely more important to me (as long as the service isn't rude or non-existent). Most major airlines offer great in-flight entertainment on their long haul routes, especially in first or business class. Not to sound ungrateful, but I know when I'm into some interesting movie or other audio/visual system, the most annoying thing is to have the cabin crew constantly interrupt me by offering some muffin, wine, or something else that I don't want.
If I'm snuggled cozily in my comfortable seat with personal entertainment, I'm happy. An uncomfortable seat, say between JFK and NRT, would make a flight miserable, no matter how nice the flight attendants are.
Tripl7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1076 times:
Absolutely seat comfort first - no doubt about it. No matter how long the flight. Last year I flew Virgin LHR-MIA and back. B747-400. Outbound I was upgraded to Premium Economy (like club class) I was upstairs, in a roomy cabin with 2 abreast seating, and the wide business class type seats with the IFE screen on the seatback of the seat infront of me. It was heaven ! Inbound to LHR, I was not so lucky. I was seated in a crammed economy cabin with less than satisfactory seat pitch. The IFE and meal tray were exactly the same as those in the upper deck. But that did nothing to make the flight any more comfortable or pleasant. It's like trying to enjoy a nice juicy meal with a terrible toothache ! Anything the airline throws in is a waste of money and resources if the seat is not comfortable.