Of course there must be certain trade-offs involved in order for airlines to make the final decision to install at an angle. People travelling together may find it a hindrance to conversation depending on the specific layout. However, many solo travelers may welcome the degree of privacy it offers, in contrast with a “straight-line layout”.
I have had the privilege of flying in Executive First on Air Canada on their 77W’s and must say that I actually prefer the angled layout much more than the straight-line layout that one would find in South African Airways’ Business Class, which I still find a good product. Some may flame me for this, but I don’t like the new business class product on SQ
’s A380’s or 77W’s. Sure there are different positives and negatives to each configuration, but I guess you cannot please everyone.
When you are doing stuff that nobody has done before, there is no manual – Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs)