Top Airbus execs themselves are humping 10 abreast right now. We are just at the start of that “evolution”. Only the naive would think otherwise
Nope. Airbus has been doing that since 2015. There are five
A350 aircraft with ten abreast seating. Five
. All owned by one airline group (Groupe Dubreuil). Not a single legacy/full service carrier has A350s with ten abreast seating. evelop, who has 400+ seats on their A350 in a single class configuration doesn't even do ten abreast.
And it will be such fun to watch all the folk here who deride 10 abreast on the wider-than-the-extra-wide-body 777 and even wider 777X (and 9AB on the 787) try to perform the logical gymnastics it will require in defense of their binky. Fish flopping around on decks springs to mind if you want a visual.
Please stop pretending that ten abreast on the A350 is somehow mainstream. It quite clearly isn't. Noone here pretends that eight abreast on a 767 is the normal configuration.
A couple of days ago I had a very pleasant long haul flight on a 9 abreast 777. What a shame that they're such a rarity these days.
I am not saying it is mainstream. I clearly stated for those who are not reading comprehension challenged that it is the BEGINNING of the trend. Airlines didn't put 10 AB in the 777 starting day one did they? No. They found out that they could though, so they did.https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2019/07/08/airbus-changes-tack-on-seat-comfort-posits-sub-economy-on-a350/WARNING!:
Major arithmetic- and physics-ignoring spin and corporate marketing BS to follow. Reader and passenger discretion is advised.
Chief commercial officer Christian Scherer asserted just prior to the Paris Air Show that Airbus can offer 17”-wide seats in a ten-abreast A350. Not only is this a full 0.6” more than the 16.4” that Airbus sold years ago, but in the absence of some very creative rounding up of numbers it seems very unlikely to be achievable without deal-breaking compromises on comfort.
Doubling down on this Airbus messaging was senior vice president for marketing François Caudron, who sat down for an extensive interview with RGN at Le Bourget.
On the A350, Caudron says Scherer “is right when he says that ten-abreast is comfortable. It’s as comfortable as what you currently fly in the 300ER, that’s what it is, from a seat perspective. Ten-abreast already flies on 350. Air Caraïbes, French Bee, these guys fly it.”
It's coming. The OEM is pushing it. Not me, but Airbus
CCO Scherer, and Airbus
SVP Marketing Caudron. Major corporate bigshots. Please stop pretending that ten abreast on the A350 is somehow more comfortable than on the wider 777 and even wider 777X. They will. They are paid to do that. Now if I was Boeing I would be concerned about the economics of this flying clown car: As an avgeek I just want to see as many new planes as possible. As a long haul passenger though, uh uh.