My SU timetable (eff. 30 Oct. 94) even shows 3-3-3 on IL86 Business! 2-4-2 on IL96 Business, but that´s not great, either.
I don´t have so much problems with 2-5-2 either, because, like Killjoy, you´ll find me in the window seat, and I prefer one neighbour over two
Being tall above average but not wide above average, I concur that legroom is more important...
I´ve indeed flown on Condor´s A310 with 3-3-3, yes it exists, yes it´s quite cramped, but, yes, it´s survivable
Thanks, Phil, for the info; these are the carriers who don´t put seating charts in their timetables.
No need to dream about SR´s 2-4-2 on 70s DC10, ZRH: KLM CURRENTLY have 2-4-2 on MD11
Finnair: in 94, they had MD11 with 2-5-2/318, 3-4-3/372, 3-4-3/407;
since 95 (with my last timetable eff. 25 Oct. 98): 2-5-2/309 (to JFK, BKK/SIN, NRT, KIX, PEK), 3-4-3/362 (to JFK, MIA, YYZ, SFO, BKK/SIN, PEK); 3-4-3/397 (to BKK).
Megatop, a 747 with 9 abreast sounds just great!