Not to fly in, but how much do these elaborate and often beautiful seat units cost the airline?
Naturally there would a huge range depending on a number of factors and as a novice (here to learn) I will mention a few cost factors I could think of:
- how elaborate/materials
- off the self or custom designed
- size of order
- airline's budget
Last week I was lucky enough to fly in Lufthansa's new First Class seat on an A340-300 from Sao Paulo to Munich. It was so fab (add given I love to fly "almost" more than anything) that I didn't want to sleep, I wanted to be awake and enjoy it as I don't think I will have this opportunity again for a while...but I will find a way into First on their 747-8 as soon as I can! But I did sleep in it and it was equally amazing.
It was really beautiful and LH
must have spent a lot I would assume based on the design, mechanics, materials each unit must have been extremely expensive. Does anyone know who designed it? Now as fantastic as it is, it's not the only one that is fabulous for sure. I have been lucky enough to have been in LX
(not the booth), EK
and "even" United's Global First, which I flew home in (and have been in a number of times) is pretty awesome and last JJ
So I think that would basically cover the range? I have never been in Korean, Cathay, Etihad BA
's newest, Asiana, Thai, AA
or LAN. I am leaving out the many great business seats like SQ
, Virgin, ANA, TP
(sCO and sUA). I have flown AA
and anything angled doesn't count (to me) and I'd be shocked if they had a similar cost to a lie flat business seat.
So I just can't guess. Is LH
's new F seat (without separate bed) $40,000 a seat? $70,000, $15,000? I haven't a clue. It has to cost as much as a good car? And United? Clearly less, but by how much? UA
must have spent a lot when it was launched years ago (designed by Pentagram) and JJ
even less? Or perhaps I am influenced by TAM's bad color scheme in F so it looks cheap.
How much is the premium to "design your own unique seat" or buy something that exists and customize it? In anycase given what an airline charges for First (forget upgraders etc) they ought to be very expensive and anyone who gets the opportunity to fly in one should always be humbled by it even if F is the only way you fly. You are very lucky in any F seat.
Very, very curious, VC10er