Passenger comfort matters (apparently)

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Airbus is keen to work with Boeing on a standard for measuring seat comfort.

Passenger comfort, you say, do the airframers really give a damn? Well, apparently they do. And they will be discussing it at the forthcoming WAEA IFE/seats single focus workshop in Hamburg. (Whether or not your hometown airline gives a damn is a different matter entirely.)

To understand what influences passenger comfort, especially in advance of the workshop, check out interiors expert Prof.Peter Vink’s two recent presentations on the subject.

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6 Responses to Passenger comfort matters (apparently)

  1. Vero Venia May 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    As long as passengers accept to be treated as they are today, there is no reason to make economy seats more comfortable, especially on short-haul routes.
    You get what you pay for.

  2. Mary Kirby May 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Well that is true too. The cost of travel today is akin to what folks paid decades ago.

  3. Dave May 13, 2010 at 4:24 am #

    It’s a lie… they’re probably looking to optimize it all to be as cramped as possible while maintaining the absolute minimal requirements to avoid being prosecuted for human rights violations. Soon the seating arrangements will resemble cattle cars err more so, I mean… My Jedi senses tell me Ryan Air will be the first to roll out their “Gulag” class service.

  4. Frequent Traveller May 13, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    The FAA ties down Airline Operators and Aircraft Manufacturers to FAR Part 25 (eg Sect 815/817, see http://www.asa2fly.com/files/updates/Part25.pdf, look up page 85), the last revision of which dates back to 1967… Until somebody decides to shake off the dust from these production-oriented stipulations dating back so-to-say to the pioneering age of aviation – therefore obsolete in 2010 though still in force – and replace them by more user-oriented design rules where eg ergonomy, comfort, passenger-friendliness AND safety prevail, things are not likely to change. It pertains to the world’s Travellers Associations, Consumer Unions, Flight Attendants Associations … to cause pertinent such changes to enter the regulatory framework of international Air Transport.

  5. fabio May 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Many many airlines are asking for lightweight seats. Weight saving can be achieved with a clever design of the primary and secondary structure, this means redesign of the seat (certification Non-recurring costs) and use of lighter materials (i.e. composites, additional recurring costs). But additional weight saving can be achieved touching the cushions and covers. This action may affect confort. Light foams may be less durable, slim foams are less confotable, light covers (i.e. sinthetic leathers) have not same feeling than standard leather.
    Regionals and medium range may put pax confort with low priority (low cost also push pitches at 28″-29″). Long range usually try to avoid disconfort situations paying a little bit in terms of weight.

  6. Happy G. May 17, 2010 at 4:56 am #

    Boeing and Airbus are certainly interested in passenger comfort, as are the airlines themselves. They have, and are puttiing alot of effort into the seats and in-flight entertainment.

    The problem, as shown in the picture, is not the seat per se, but rather the seat pitch. Certainly the width of the seat could be increased and someone could possibly introduce double armrests so one does not have to battle with the neighbour for the single armrest available to two seats. But these are factors that will truly be decided by the airlines, and the airlines alone.

    If they don’t increase the pitch or ask for an increase in the seat width, you will still have that sardine in a can feeling.