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AIRLINE SURVEY


IT ’S ALL IN THE DETAIL Here is the lowdown on how airlines measure their seats


SEAT PITCH This is the distance between seats, broadly regarded as legroom. For fully-flat beds in business and first class, seat pitch is not really applicable, as there tends to be so much space between them that the only limiting factor is the length of the bed. In economy, Air New Zealand offers innovative three-seat Sky Couches (SC).


SEATS WITH A SMALL RECLINE


Recline is particularly important if you are hoping for a decent night’s sleep. In premium economy, some carriers have introduced fixed-shell (FS) seats that recline into a hard plastic surround, rather than the space of the person behind you. In economy class, airlines take the measurement in the following ways:


SEAT WIDTH Seat width is measured when the seat is fully upright, and is usually taken as the space between the armrests – so from the inside of one armrest to the inside of the other. It can also be the seat cushion width or even the distance between the outside of the armrests.


STANDARD SEAT (ST)


ENTERTAINMENT As IFE systems become more sophisticated and are upgraded from simple multichannel offerings to interactive systems that allow for AVOD (audio-video on-demand), economy passengers benefit from the same range of choice as in business or first class thanks to installation taking place throughout all cabins.


1 From horizontal to the furthermost recline. 2 From 90 degrees to the furthermost recline (given either in degrees or inches). 3 From the upright, take-off position to the furthermost recline.


SEATS WITH A LARGE RECLINE


In business and first class, the options for reclining seats are typically cradle- style (CS), angled lie-flat (AF) and fully-flat (FF). However, some airlines are going further – Etihad, for example, offers a separate double bed in its ultra- luxurious first class cabin, the Residence, on its A380. Recline is measured in a number of


ways. When it comes to angled lie-flat seats, it may sometimes be expressed as 180 degrees, the same as fully-flat beds. As this can be misleading, we have identified the seat types and exact angle of recline of each product. Meanwhile, beds of 176 degrees can feel fully-flat, but are expressed as angled lie-flat.


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CRADLE-STYLE (CS)


ANGLED LIE-FLAT (AF)


FULLY-FLAT (FF) 2019 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 119


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