He’s known as Singapore_Air on the massively popular airliners.net web site. But I’m going to call him the “seat guru” after his truly amazing forum post about all the extra cool seating options at this week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. I recommend you start at the beginning of his thread and scroll on down for pictures, video, commentary, you name it.
Personally, I found myself drawn to the section about the Thompson Cozy Suite, which we’ve touched on before. Here are the pics, and then read on…
Key quote from Singapore_Air, er, Seat Guru:
This was my first time experiencing the Thomson Cozy Suite. It has been chosen by Delta Air Lines for some of their aircraft. I am quite sure that the pitch you see there is 31″ and the seat width is 17.9″. However, the seat seemed much more spacious akin to a 19″ wide seat (such as Singapore Airlines’ New Economy Class) and the legroom was definitely generous. It’s a fixed-shell design and it DOES RECLINE (contrary to some perceptions). There is a bar underneath the seat cushion which allows the passenger to recline in the same fashion as the JAL Premium Economy seat does. Further, the seat pan is automatically recessed into the seat which eases greatly movement for the middle and window seat passengers making it a more pleasant experience for all.
The seat has passed certification with more than flying colours and can also house the IFE which I think negates the need for even a slimline IFE box.
At 11-abreast on an A380. the Thomson Cozy Suite allows airlines to pack more people in (and earn more revenue) while, in my opinion, improving passenger comfort to those travelling Economy Class compared to existing products. It is an excellent product that I am confident will please in terms of spaciousness and comfort, not to mention innovation. Any airline that takes this product in its most basic form is taking a step in the right direction in my opinion.