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Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sat May 13, 2006 5:04 pm

Hey all,

I was looking through some photos and spotted these economy class seats:

http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00146155

Those look miserable, especially on a long haul flight... I think the seats on the greyhound to NYC are more comfortable than those. They barely have a place to rest your head. Does anyone else know of any truly atrocious airline seats? Honestly, I may be exaggerating but if I stepped on that plane for a flight I would do a 180 and walk right back off.  

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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sat May 13, 2006 5:11 pm

How about no seat at all ? I've seen taxi aircraft in Central America where you sit on bags of coffee. Seat belts ? Not seat belts here. No chair either.

Of course it was a case of being stuck in the middle of nowhere and no other way out except this plane or a two day mule ride.
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sat May 13, 2006 5:18 pm

Yikes, they look like the seats from the Intercity/Newmans buses that New Zealand has, and the seats from a ferry that is now based in AKL
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sat May 13, 2006 5:23 pm

Try these between FRA and LAX  yell 


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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sat May 13, 2006 5:28 pm

Isn't there some Chinese airline that overbooks its flights and ends up seating some passengers in deckchairs in the aisle? That's got to be pretty bad...!
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sat May 13, 2006 5:29 pm

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 3):
Try these between FRA and LAX

Got you soundly beaten man:


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Try that FRA- YVR and back!!!

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Sat May 13, 2006 6:08 pm


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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sat May 13, 2006 9:59 pm

Finnair and Emirates are the only scheduled airlines I know that fly longhaul aircraft with an extra seat per row.

Emirates flies the 777 in a 3-4-3 configuration (everyone else is 2-5-2 or 3-3-3).

Finnair flies the MD-11 in 3-4-3 configuration, but this is only in the aft cabin.

Lufthansa and Thai have A300s with an extra seat per row, but these fly only in short-haul markets.
 
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Sun May 14, 2006 1:00 am

The worst economy seat that I ever experienced?


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As the photographer says in his narrative, leg room looks tight. It is, and it is made worse by the IFE box that is located under the seat in front of you so that you cannot strectch your legs out comfortably. I started feeling uncomfortable within an hour, and there were another 10 hours to go before landing at LHR!
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 2:13 am

I do not understand those loads of LH basher. KLM and BA has 1 inch less legroom compared to LH. So shall we say KLM (without PTV) is the worst?
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 4:37 am

Quoting IMatAMS (Reply 5):
Try that FRA- YVR and back!!!

If you think those are bad, try one of LH´s 747s (or most 747s for that matter) or KL´s 767 on the YVR runs. LH´s A340s are for the most part very comfortable in Y class, at least in my opinion.
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 5:07 am

My worst experience was when i was young flying a MD-88 maybe? Anyway, i go all excited because the seat i had was a window seat but it ended up to be in the last row of seats which didnt have a window at all  Sad
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 5:56 am

Heh...got everybody beat. Try this:

http://photos.airliners.net/photos/photos/2/0/8/0117802.jpg

Seat 7C on N194AT...BWI-SNN-FRA-ADA last July 10/11. Config is 3-4-3; interior still TWA-configured for 2-5-2 (difficult to reach overhead bins and bins only on the sides).

Since 194AT was in her last days, the interior hadn't been updated in several years. My seat cushion was so worn out, by an hour into the flight, all I could feel was the metal seat frame pushing into my legs. Seatback was somewhat broke, such that when I leaned back, it would recline over time without pushing the button.

Still a bittersweet flight, though. While I should never say 'never', I'm sure I will never again fly on a beautiful full-body L1011-100.  Smile
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 6:13 am

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 9):
So shall we say KLM (without PTV) is the worst?

I can testify to that!!! I flew with KLM AMS-SIN-SYD and back in 1999/2000, and even though I was only 12 at that time, I thought that the room was tight. No ptvs (okay it was 6 years ago) but NO big screen in the center either. Only small 14" screens above the aisles. Worst long haul experience ever! And if that wasn't enough, our flight was delayed with a couple of hours on the way to SYD
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 7:06 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 3):
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agreed 110% I will never fly LH long haul again, YYZ-FRA on a LH B744 was the most uncomfortable flight Ive ever had.
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting Mats (Reply 7):
Finnair and Emirates are the only scheduled airlines I know that fly longhaul aircraft with an extra seat per row.

Emirates flies the 777 in a 3-4-3 configuration (everyone else is 2-5-2 or 3-3-3).

Finnair flies the MD-11 in 3-4-3 configuration, but this is only in the aft cabin.

Lufthansa and Thai have A300s with an extra seat per row, but these fly only in short-haul markets.

After AY's good (often great) short haul flight in Europe, their long haul product is a dissapointment... perhaps the new wide bodies change the picture.
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 11:08 am

Honestly for me, one of the best long-haul seats I have had is on Economy Plus in United. I even remember in Jan of this year flying from ASU-DCA all on AA arriving to DCA in the morning. That night I had to go to Dulles airport to catch my United flight to MCO because I had to work in Orlando for that week. When I sat down on the United flight later that same night, I could definately feel the difference from the United seats compared to AA's seats. United's seats, to me, felt a lot larger and had more lumbar support, as well as more comfortable headrests and a larger seat in general. My worst personal seat experience was flying MIA-LIM on AA's A300....those seats were like sitting on a bench for 6 hours.
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Sun May 14, 2006 1:15 pm

Some Air Canada Airbus 319, 320 or 321s (can't remember exactly which right now), have these bright green seats that are simply rigid! Even for a short flight YWG - YYZ it is terrible. No problem with the older green/gray seats Air Canada uses.



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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Mon May 15, 2006 7:58 am

Quoting Mats (Reply 7):
Lufthansa and Thai have A300s with an extra seat per row, but these fly only in short-haul markets.

No they don't...


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Quoting Mats (Reply 7):
Finnair flies the MD-11 in 3-4-3 configuration, but this is only in the aft cabin.

I've never understood that... how can they have two different economy products on one plane? Does one Y section have better (as well as wider) seats than the other?
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Wed May 17, 2006 7:23 am

By far the WORST seat I've ever had was a KLM 744M. I was sitting in the front small section of econ. I was more comfortable on a CRJ than that thing. The seats were pitched at a weird angle, no legroom, and something else just seemed odd. I'll never fly that bird again.
 
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Thu May 18, 2006 7:04 am

The worst economy class ever. I was lucky enough to travel on a few near empty flights but even still the legroom and width of seat were extremely uncomfortable and passengers get ratty and irritated. Not the nicest flying experience.

After 8 flights I had to demand my company to transfer me to BA or SV or I wouldn't travel to Europe. It was that bad.

Notice the shoulders overhanging the seats.

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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Fri May 19, 2006 8:21 am

My vote goes for KL B744 and OK A310. Both narrow seats, no legroom, no PTV. OK makes it worse with banning portable CD/DVD players.
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Fri May 19, 2006 9:08 am

the worst for me was 12 hours on a BA 744 from hong kong to LHR, uncomfotable seats, bad food and bad service, never again. i should have come back qantas.
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Fri May 19, 2006 9:24 am

Quoting Babybus (Reply 20):
Notice the shoulders overhanging the seats.

All the more reason that these seats should be considered for economy class.

http://www.thompsonsolutions.co.uk./ts_economy_cap.html
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Fri May 19, 2006 1:06 pm

Quoting ComeAndGo (Reply 1):
I've seen taxi aircraft in Central America where you sit on bags of coffee.

May I ask where in Central America ?

My worst experience in coach. CO from SJO/IAH/EWR/LGW and return. Horrible seat, bad food and unfriendly crew.
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RE: Worst Economy Class Seats Ever

Fri May 19, 2006 6:17 pm

Quoting Babybus (Reply 20):

that's funny, because my dad said the exact same thing to me. A couple of months ago he flew with Swiss to South Africa and back and he said he hated it. He rather wants to fly BA to South Africa or SAA IF it is on the 346, not their 744

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