CygnusChicago From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 758 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9138 times:
Sitting on one of UA's 767s last night, I was wondering if one can install wider seats in business class in a 3 3 configuration. Sure, if you do that you add a dreaded "middle-seat", but that effect can be countered by a staggered configuration, like EOS, or even the way UA's 767s have the center block offset a little from the side blocks.
Has any airline ever turned a wide body class into a single aisle? Is it even permissible?
If you cannot do the math, your opinion means squat!
Rivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 908 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8966 times:
I suspect that from a safety point of view, having two aisles in Y class merging into a single aisle in C class would not get past certification. If only the front doors (port & starboard) were available for evacuation, you'd never get everyone out in an acceptable time (whatever that might be).
By taking advantage of the space otherwise used for the extra aisle, they claim to be able to convert the plane from economy to all-business class (fully flat-bed seats) with only a 2-to-1 seat ratio, which is pretty extraordinary considering that most business class seats (even "old-style" non-flat seats) occupy the space of 3 economy seats. And their website also claims to be able to shift from old-style business seats (60" pitch) to fully-flat seats with no loss in capacity at all.
However, if an airline wanted to keep both a business and coach cabin (as it does seem impossible to have a coach cabin on the 767 with only one aisle), Thompson doesn't have any layout showing a single-aisle in business class, with a dual aisle in coach. I suspect that is for the reason that is noted by Rivet42 above -- that it would be difficult to get that layout certified. Which probably also explains why no carrier has gone with this layout. (Though it does seem odd that it's acceptable to have an entire 757-300 evacuate using one aisle, but not a 767 which in many cases is carrying less -- sometimes far less -- passengers.) But if it could be made to work, it's an intriguing idea.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 22111 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6994 times:
Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 9): Kinda glad you beat me to posting those links. I would taken some guff.
Have these clowns ever sold anything to anyone, or are they just spinning their wheels? There used to be a guy on here who was a shill who would push this as the solution to every problem, and there were claims that airlines were "seriously considering" the designs.
Yet, haven't heard of any airline actually biting...
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
Ontime From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6457 times:
Quoting CygnusChicago (Reply 12): Thanks for the links - interesting stuff. I'm not too sure how their 4+4 works with aisle access, when the seats are down, but they're definitely thinking creatively.
It's actually not 4+4, it's 2+2, with each passenger having a console next to them. The seats are staggered left/right so that when you are fully reclined, your feet are underneath the console to the left/right of the passengers in the row in front of you. It's a little hard to describe, but the pictures in their "gallery" section do a better job. For example:
PC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2571 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4632 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 13): Have these clowns ever sold anything to anyone, or are they just spinning their wheels?
They have a license agreement with Sicma Aeroseats to put this system on Emirates and China Southern A380's. There used to be a power point on TS website stating this, but I couldn't find the link to it.
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 13): There used to be a guy on here who was a shill who would push this as the solution to every problem, and there were claims that airlines were "seriously considering" the designs.
Cloudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4306 times:
Why would you want to do a single isle? That would severely restrict load times. If anything, I thought airlines were more interested in smaller wide bodies because they offered quicker turn around times.
"Six becoming three doesn't create more Americans that want to fly." -Adam Pilarski
I have just expressed my opinion of the concept, you are the one beating the dead horse throwing accusations at me. Say goodbye "dear friend", this will be the last time I respond to you on this matter. In regards to my "association" to the company - put up or shut up.
The statement that I gave regarding Emirates and China Southern is accurate albeit that they licensed "a part of the system". Hmmm, I wonder what that means....
The concepts may never see the light of day, but as I have said from the beginning, I think it's a good idea. Period.
The horse is now buried. I have learned you can never win a pissing match.
Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!
Georgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4189 times:
Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 23): I have learned you can never win a pissing match.
lmao! I cant believe how immature people can act on this website, its bloody seats for crying out loud! Go get a job with this "Thompson Soulutions" and share your wealth of priceless knowlege about the topic with them! And for the record you actually can win a pissing match, IF you have the right equipment...
Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 15): could an airline make a 3 aisle aircraft in economy? So on a 777-200 it would be 2-2-2-2?
I've often thought about this too. They would only be losing one seat, and it would be incredibly more comftorble than being stuck in the middle seat of 5 in a row.
Al Gore invented global warming.
: This is true, but I would rather take more pitch than width. Anyway airlines wouldn't be able to charge enough to make up for the decreased pax numbe
: I once drew a cabin configuration for my imaginary Lockeed L-1011-NG Tristar 800 Ultra. 3 GE90s and a 3x3x3x3 config.
: I am rather suspicious of someone whose first post mentions them.
: Refer to the link in reply 16. I've been a member off and on since 2001. Couldn't have said it better myself.
: I'm specifically talking about "Ontime" who mentioned those seats as his very first post.