Sabena332
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Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 12:49 am

Hello all,

my girlfriend and I just returned from a trip to Asia. We were on 12 flights between various Asian cities, two of them were in Cathay Pacific's Business Class, there I noticed something strange:

CX seat numbering beginns not with seat row no. 1 but with seat row 11 (at least in their 773 and 333). During check-in I asked for seats as far up in the front of the cabin as possible, the check-in agent replied: "No problem Sir, not many people have checked in until now, so I give you 12A and 12C", I thought: "What an idiot, row 12 is not in the front of the cabin", took the boarding passes and went away. Then, during boarding, the big surprise, 12 A and C are the seats in the first row of the Biz Class.

I never saw that before on another airline, is there any explanation why CX have such a strange seat numbering? Are there other airlines who have a similar strange and confusing seat numbering?

Patrick
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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 1:56 am

SQ has a similar seating arrangement on their 2 classe planes. Raffles Class (Business) starts from row number 11. Even when there are only 2 or 3 physical rows of First class seats, Raffles Class always starts from row number 11, even though physically it's the 3rd or 4th row on the plane.

Similar for QF, Business Class in their 3 class 744s starts from row number 11 on the upper deck even though there are physically 4 rows of First Class. But on their 2 class planes, Business class starts from row number 1.

I'm sure a few other airlines have the same arrangement. Seems like an industry standard.


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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 2:05 am

on TG, Business class on A300/A330 also starts at row 11
 
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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:46 am

On SQ's three-class aircraft, First Class starts from Row 1, Business Class Row 11. Hence, on a two-class aircraft Business Class starts at Row11 because you don't want to confuse paxs into thinking they're in First. I suspect the same holds true for CX.
 
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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:49 am

Lots of airlines will also keep numbering for different versions of the same plane (762-763) and just lop off a couple in the middle, so Monkey always starts on the same row for example.
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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 4:52 am

I think it is so if the plane gets reconfigured into all coach seating they only have to renumber the front section and not the entire plane.

For example of NWA 757 rows 1-6 are FC and coach begins at row 14. If the plane needed to be changed to an all coach class configuration then rows 1-13 can simply replace rows 1-6 and the rest of the seat numbers stay the same.
 
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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 4:59 am

You'll also find that CX/SQ start the economy at row 31. Like others have said, the first number indicates class. 0= First (As in seat 01A), 1/2= Business 3=Economy

BA have seat numbers in the 60's for the upperdeck. Once a friend of mine was upgraded, but it wasn't made clear. She walked right to the back of the jumbo before being directed upstairs by a flight attendent.
 
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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 5:16 am

You'll also find that CX/SQ start the economy at row 31. Like others have said, the first number indicates class. 0= First (As in seat 01A), 1/2= Business 3=Economy

Very interesting, thanks for this information!

Thanks to everyone who replied!

Patrick
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RE: Strange Seat Numbering On CX Planes

Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:59 am

And just to add, upperdeck on the CX 744s start at 80.