LordHowe
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Take Off And Climb & New First Class Seats?

Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:28 am

Hi - especially you who have experience of first class,

In many airlines first class the new kind of seats are placed like in the picture below:


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How is to to sit there during take off and climb? Does it feel quite normal? I mean usually you are very tightly pressed towards the back of your seat especially during take off accelaration and these seat are placed so that you can't be pressed that way - the are in an angle ...

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captaink
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RE: Take Off And Climb & New First Class Seats?

Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:41 am

That and the reversed facing seats in BA Club. How do they all feel?
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RE: Take Off And Climb & New First Class Seats?

Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:05 am

The seats pictured (NZ) don;t really feel any different taking off as you are still facing forwards, just at a slight angle.

The BA seats take more getting used to. If you sit ata window, the seats face backwards and the first few times you take off and land it feels strange as you are seeing the ground at a different angle.

It's also worht noting that the seats pictrued above are business class, not first class.
 
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RE: Take Off And Climb & New First Class Seats?

Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:16 am

I've flown on the new business premier seats on Air New Zealand and they don't feel that awkward. The biggest difference though is that you can barely see out the window. Since the window seats are pointing towards the center of the plane, you really have to turn your body to see outside. But it doesn't feel that weird on climb. The same is true for other angled style first class seats that I have experienced like those on United.

The weirdest and most disorientating thing was when we banked to turn. It was weird looking towards the center of the plane while in a banked angle. It felt awkward to be higher than the people on the other side of the plane.

Quoting LordHowe (Thread starter):
How is to to sit there during take off and climb? Does it feel quite normal? I mean usually you are very tightly pressed towards the back of your seat especially during take off accelaration and these seat are placed so that you can't be pressed that way - the are in an angle ...

On a 747 you really are never tightly pressed towards the back of your seat. The plane is so slow at takeoff and climb, that there isn't much force on you compared to a narrowbody plane. The large heavy planes are much slower and you don't feel it as much. I think the seats might be a little less comfortable on takeoff if they were installed in a 757.
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TimRees
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RE: Take Off And Climb & New First Class Seats?

Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:32 am

Quoting Captaink (Reply 1):
That and the reversed facing seats in BA Club. How do they all feel?

I recently had the pleasure of flying BA club world rearwards both ways from LGW-ANU.
On the way out sat in 4A which is the rearmost seat in the club world cabin in G-VIIO (no first class) and faces a bulkhead. I'd say this is a great seat as out of the window there is a great view of the GE engine and the flexing wing (and boy, does it flex on take-off). Also, to get to the aisle, you don't have to climb over anyone else's feet in seat B. On take off the seat is reclined slightly (there's a special setting on the seat control console) so on the ground you are tilted backwards. However, on climb, due to the incline of the aircraft, the seat becomes vertical. It was extremely comfortable and there was lots of space and it was also nice to be facing my fellow traveller for the journey (if you are next to a stranger there is a privacy screen of course).
Return on G-VIIP was in 2A which is the forwardmost seat (row 1 is confined to the centre section only) but once you settle down flat for the night to get to the aisle you have to climb over the legs of the passenger in 3B. Getting in and out was a bit of a work of art as there isn't much space to store things around your seat and putting it all safe before negotiating the climb out could be tricky, especially if you are less agile!
However, couldn't fault BA and the extra money was well worth it and flying backwards very comfortable!

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