I have to admit that I don’t really get the joke of the title for this week’s episode. I wasn’t around for the recording and haven’t listened to the full show yet. But, based on what little I’ve read in the notes, it seems like there are a lot of potential fun bits in play:
- New LCCs in Star Alliance (ish)
- The Lufthansa Group has new business class seats coming for its member carriers
- United is dropping Dubai, just weeks after dropping Kuwait
- American is launching a proper Premium Economy product
- Alaska Airlines has a new preimum-ish seat option coming, too
And, if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, some discussion about what the guys are planning for next year.
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While I haven’t listened to the Podcast yet, I’m waiting for someone to introduce an EconomyBusiness-like product. Imagine instead of 7 across Premium Economy at 38″ of pitch on a 787 (such as what AA is proposing), you go full 9 abreast with 50″-55″ pitch, full legrest, thick-ish seat with plenty of recline. Essentially, it would be used mainly for ultra long haul aircraft and would allow for a better sleep than what Premium Econ currently offers without reducing seat count much, if at all, compared to the PE footprint.
I’m not so sure that the design you’ve suggested is more efficient. If AA installs 4 rows at 38″ pitch that’s 28 seats. Going 9 across in the same space at 55″ pitch is only 3 rows so 27 seats.