BeechStarship From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 72 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4888 times:
Wondering what charter or domestic Asian operators might do with a juicy A380 on their hands. If they can squeeze 3-4-3 on a DC-10, L1011, or 777, and 3-5-3 on a 747, and even 4-3 on the old Trident, surely the mammoth A380 could handle 3-6-3! Wow...what a cattlecar!
Is the A380 wide enough to support such a configuration? If Airbus could install enough emergency exit doors, 3-6-3 should be legal, no? I heard that after the 4-3 Trident idea, a rule was set that require passengers be no more than 2 seats away from the aisle. Does that mean BOTH aisles or just AN aisle? The former would require a 3-5-3 max.
Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4845 times:
I think with the emergency door configuration that I've seen planned for the A380 that it wouldn't be possible to have a 3-6-3 config. The passengers wouldn't be able to get out in time to satisfy most Western safety standards. This is pure conjecture, however.
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MattNZ From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4702 times:
Isn't this new plane meant to be a step into the next-generation? I thought every seat was going to get its own armrest?? So 3-4-3 should be used to allow more space over rivals, also 35-36in pitch would be welcome!! What about 3 aisles? somehow? 2-3-3-2 would be good
BeechStarship From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4477 times:
MattNZ, the 747 was supposed to usher in a new generation of comfort too, which it was at first with 2-4-3 seating and lounges even in coach. But as usual economics dictates and most 747s were reconfigured as cattlecars after a short time. So don't buy any of Aibus' "Next Generation" marketing tactics.
So the A380 is only going to be a foot and a half wider than a 747, indeed not enough for 3-6-3. I still loathe the thought of 3-5-3 seating...the 2-5-2 seating on DC10s, L1011s, and 777s is bad enough, if you're caught in one of the three middle seats. However, if they keep the seat pitches far enough apart, I suppose it could be more comfortable than the three airliners mentioned above. Being tallish and slender I prefer legroom to width. I'll reserve my judgement until the A380 takes to the skies and I get a chance to fly on it.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2479 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4384 times:
I guess much is possible with the Asian carriers on domestic routes as long as they can satisfy emergency evacuation requirements. Look for Asian domestic A380s to become giant sardine cans of the sky with up to 800 very crowded souls onboard. Then, again, they're a bit smaller than most of us so it may work out quite well.