Raptor72
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Leather Seats

Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:38 am

Hi all

Just wondering what you think about leather seats in aircrafts. More and more airlines are using leather seats in regional aircrafts, newest example JetStar in Australia.


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If I'm flying in one of those leather seats, I always sweat and arrive with a wet back. What is your experience?

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RE: Leather Seats

Thu Aug 05, 2004 1:05 am

I really like leather seats on shorthaul aircraft - they seem really smart. However, I share yoru views for longhaul - it would not be nice on a reclining seat.

I understand that passengers think leather is more upmarket but the airlines like them as they are easier to clean, so it's a no-brainer...
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Phaeton
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RE: Leather Seats

Thu Aug 05, 2004 1:09 am

That leather seat on the Jetstar Airbus looks really nice. Comparable to a Mercedes leather seat. Airlines generally only use leather seats on their shorthaul planes. Emirates installed them on their A340-500s in First Class and didn't get the best reaction. They tend to stick to your back after a while.

Leather versus Cloth: Cloth is cheaper but needs more maintenance, whereas leather is more expensive but easier to clean.
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RE: Leather Seats

Thu Aug 05, 2004 3:52 am

BA has them on their short-haul a/c and they're real nice  Big thumbs up Although I could see the problem on a long flight, especially in First, if the seat converts into a bed. I mean who wants a leather bed?


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Also weren't the seats on the BA Concorde leather? From what I understand they were some of the most comfortable seats around.


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L410Turbolet
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RE: Leather Seats

Thu Aug 05, 2004 8:30 pm

I think there's leather and then there's real leather. Concorde's seats were like 17.000 GBP/pair so I'd expect a slight quality difference between them and some 737 LCC seats.
From my personal experience with leather seats (LH 737/320, Midway CRJ/F100): they look great, but sitting in them for 3 hours is quite different experiece with wet-back end.
 
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RE: Leather Seats

Thu Aug 05, 2004 11:26 pm

I hate leather seats.

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whitehatter
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RE: Leather Seats

Sat Aug 07, 2004 9:31 am

Leather is fine for shorthauls, and pays back in that it is hard wearing.

For longhaul, wet bum syndrome starts to creep in...not so good if you are sitting in a puddle of sweat for 10 hours!
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Espion007
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RE: Leather Seats

Sat Aug 07, 2004 1:28 pm

I mean who wants a leather bed?

hey,i find my leather couch sometimes more comfortable than my bed (then again i regret getting the extra-firm serta)
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RE: Leather Seats

Sat Aug 07, 2004 5:33 pm

I did a trip with Virgin Blue from Sydney to Perth and back about 5 hours one way. The seats where leather and i found them to get really uncomfortable after a while and hard, while on short hops their fine. I prefer cloth on longer flights.

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SafetyDude
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RE: Leather Seats

Sat Aug 07, 2004 11:56 pm

Also, after a while, the leather begins to stick to you. Yuck!

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vatveng
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RE: Leather Seats

Wed Aug 18, 2004 11:42 am

Gee, Delta announces new leather seats and the leather junkies fall all over themselves to claim how much more $$$ they're willing to pay to fly their butt in a leather seat.

They can keep their leather seats. I'll pay more to avoid them.

I won't drive a car with leather seats, and I'm highly irritated at AirTran for putting leather seats in their new 737's. Fortunately their 717s, even the new-delivery 2004 models, still have cloth seats.
 
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RE: Leather Seats

Wed Aug 18, 2004 4:53 pm

You folks make it sound like you fly butt naked when it comes to leather seats... Gosh, I rather have leather anyday, and I pay more to avoid those nasty sweat, urine, vomit, crap, headlice, mites, etc... soaked cloth seats.
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