|Quoting Rdwootty (Thread starter):|
I have looked at the Air New Zealand and they all seem blocked off from each other.
|Quoting UAL757 (Reply 1):|
No way the seats are taken. They may be blocked up until day of dept.
I dont think he meant 'blocked' as in allocated - the OP is referring to the layout of NZs J class where the seats have individual direct aisle access but it means that you dont sit next to someone you are travelling with - some people dislike it intensely - for me the 2 huges plusses ( true lie-flat - none of this sleeping on a slope nonsense , and direct aisle access - I dont have to climb over anyone and no-one has to climb over me ) far outweigh the minor inconvenience of having to get up to talk to my partner - I normally spend most of the flight either asleep or engrossed in the AVOD IFE . Furthermore , there is the option for your significant other to come and sit on your footstool when you are not in "bed" mode and have a chat - you can even have your meal together face to face like this - although it makes the table a bit crowded .
Rdwootty - No disrespect but do you really spend 14 hours chatting together on a flight.
I often think the problem here is more one of perception - I know a lot of couples who initially did not like the NZ
J class - until they actually tried it - most of them said that they spent too much time actually having a good sleep to worry about not sitting next to their partner .
If it really bothers you my recommendation would be to go for either a combination of A and E seats in the same row number ( or F and K ) - you can look at each other across the aisle - or same letter and one row number apart ( eg A10 A11 so you can stick your head over the divider ) - what you should avoid at all costs is and E/F combination - even though the seats are 'next' to each other you will both be facing out into your respective aisles so you are actually facing away from each other .
Having had the best nights sleep I have ever had on a plane in NZ
J my bet is you will spend a lot of time asleep and will arrive feeling as refreshed as you can on the hell journey that is UK/Europe to NZ
/Aus with plenty of energy and time to talk to each other once you have arrived .
Enjoy your trip