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hiflyeras
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Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:16 pm

Are there currently any carriers that offer a lie-flat seat in FC on a B737? Of course it's possible if it's a 1x1 configuration but that takes a big hit on capacity. Has anyone found a way to come close to retaining 2x2 and offer a lie-flat seat on a Boeing narrow-body? Thanks!
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:21 pm

Well BA has their special 318s so it is possible.
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:25 pm

Yes it is possible. Several airlines have lieflat 2x2 J seats in 757s (i.e., DL and UA). If it fits in the 757 it fits in the 737.

I believe Privatair has 737s with lieflat 2x2 seats.
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:29 pm

BA's A318's are technically the A318CJ and PrivatAir's 737's are BBJ's so they have a floor built for those types of seats.

A regular 737 may have floor issues.

Space-wise, the 737 could do 2x2, but the seats would have to have a very high pitch as they would have to be straight in order for there to still be room for an aisle. On a 738 you'd essentially be limited to 8 seats, maybe 12 on a 739. With 1x1 angled you could get away with maybe the same 5 rows as the normal domestic F configuration, so 10 seats all with aisle access. If you could jam 6 in then you could get 12. So I think 1x1 would be the preferred arrangement.

I guess 2x1 would also be possible, but that would definitely require a custom seat and unless you could commit to a lot of frames, might be hard to get a seat supplier to do. With sky interior the bin alignment problem would be less of a problem.
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:31 pm

The 737 cabin cross section is identical to the 757, so presuming there are no problems with the floor then the BE Diamond or something comparable would fit absolutely fine.
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:39 pm

https://thedesignair.net/2013/10/30/transaero-launch-spectacular-737-cabin/

Quite a spectacular looking cabin indeed. Not sure if profitable, but hey - what a way to go...
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:10 pm

EOS Airlines had lie flat seats in their B757 Aircraft.

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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:32 pm

Transaero back in the days rings the bell with their B738 Imperial Class with 2x2 180 lie flat bed but only one row so 4 seats only.
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:57 pm

Privitair did it for LH and SK and flew them TransAtlantic among other locations. KE had (has) it on 73Gs.
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:23 pm

hiflyeras wrote:
Has anyone found a way to come close to retaining 2x2 and offer a lie-flat seat on a Boeing narrow-body? Thanks!


Yes, AA still has quite a few 757's with their old business class product, the lie flat (angled) seats in a 2x2 configuration.
I've flown MIA-BSB with this configuration in J several times. Feels a bit strange flying a 7 hour flight in a narrow body however full international dinner/breakfast service is provided along with AVOD. In Y however its another story, there are no PTV's so the flight can be and feel quite long.
 
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Re: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:18 am

A320 families can do that so why not 737

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