Our national airline provides a service in economy, where a couple can buy three seats for the cost of 2 1/2 regular seats, so they pay half price for the third seat. While on the flight they can fold away the regular hand rails, and reconfigure the seats so they can lie down together during flight. Would you consider using this feature?
I'd pay extra to be away from loved one on a flight. A night flight means a night without that knee in may back.
So your answer is No, you wouldn't use it?
If they also provided some candles and a Barry White CD...
Haha, how about just to get a better sleep on the flight? Those personal entertainment centres on airplanes just might have Barry White in their collection, if you are lucky :-) I wonder if lying down is better for you than sleeping in an upright seat? Thinking of how you arrive at your destination on a longhaul ...
So could we put a small child in the third seat? ;)
The three seats are full size adult seats. You can see in the link I'll give that it's quite good for say a mother and 2 kids for example. There is a panel that comes up from under the feet to create a bed like configeration. Anyway the photos display better than me trying to explain. I thought it was a good idea: airnewzealand.com/economy-sk...
I'm not so sure it is a good idea. I have a female friend, flight attendant, and she says that night flights get their share of folks who "need a blankie" and then try unmentionable thingies......hello mile high club? The flight attendants are always having to keep an eye out for these "clever" passengers. I hesitate to think what the lie-down option might inspire. :-(
Yes I'm not sure how that transpires. But for all the amorous couples there must be plenty of passengers who would just love to lie down and sleep. I know when I used to travel with my kids it would have been brilliant. The problem with milehigh aspirations is that they don't need these seats to do it, they try it anyway :-)
with reference to the mile high, this option will certainly cut down on the line to get into the toilet facilities.
I fly alone msot of the time so this does not apply much to me, but i would not mind if they did away torally with the middle seat and raised airline tickets with 35%.
tch tch ! These seats have been operating a while now, I wonder what the airline staff have experienced so far? I must ask someone ... Not that I really care, because it's irrelevant really.
"So could we put a small child in the third seat? ;)" No, so they can make a small child in the third seat...
We usually fold up the armrest between us when flying, but I find it digs into my shoulder and I don't find it very comfortable. Not sure if a 3rd seat would make it any more comfortable in cattle class - moooooooo.
Did you see how it folds up to be a bed? In the link I gave.
Have looked now Pam - sorry as I din't see it before. >Skycouch Dimensions: >Length of the Economy Skycouch: Side wall armrest up is 1.55m (5ft 1”). >Depth of the cushion and leg rest combined is approx 74cm (29”) (measured from >the centre of the seat cushion at the back to the front edge of the leg rest). So note to the Tall Blacks - prepare to be folded. and to the Wide Blacks - go on a diet before travelling. (The above are a reference to the NZ sporting teams - All Blacks are the thugby team, tall blacks are the basketballers.) Then I saw: >*Please take note that for safety reasons, children under 12 years of age >must be accompanied by an adult when seated on a Skycouch. Does that include priests - LOL
Judging from the photos, it's hard to imagine that my 6'2" husband could stretch out comfortably over three seats.
You're all being so negative, I can't believe it . I still think it's a great concept for many people. Haha sirgaw, you could get into trouble for saying that ;-) Oh well, I'm sure many people have really been thankful for these. I mean they could pay the dollars and go to the sleep compartments of First Class, but this is an inovative idea for Economy. Brilliant, I say!!
The seats in the photo have a leg rest which I have never seen in Economy, they look more like Business class seats. You would have to be 2 skinny people to fit on the seats as in the photo but for the relatively small extra cost it would give more room so would probably still be worthwhile. Have been reading about the Airbus and they offer Premium Economy which has more legroom whcih i think would be a better option. Many years ago i flew home from Europe after a bomb scare, there were only 30 people on the whole plane, we all lifted the armrests in the centre seats and laid right down, Heaven!
I am suspicious of all these clever ideas until I have heard from real-life passengers who have actually used them. If an extension magically rises from under your seat, that means it takes up space there and you are probably not going to have the leg space as before. The row of seats immediately to the front will probably not be able to recline and that backrest is going to be bumped more. It the seatbelt light comes on in the night there is going to be a lot of reconfiguring, attendants giving instructions, backrests being bumped...I think I would get a less peaceful night because of these things. I have adapted to the strapped in upright position quite successfully.
At first I thought yes! Fewer random people to share with on a long haul who always choose when I've fallen asleep to go to the toilet. Then I looked at the dimensions; leg length 29"? I have a 33" inside leg and my boyfriend's 6'2" so he just wouldn't fit in either. But lying down length; head to window, feet to aisle is only 5'1" so we'd have to curl up somewhat. I would still like to give it a go though.
I'm positive that I've been on a flight in the past that had this... (it was definitely not your airline, Pam.. I've never travelled that way) but I can't remember what airline it was... I can remember clearly that you had to be careful when walking along the aisle, because you'd bump into sleeping people's feet with their socks on. Nevertheless, I think it's a good idea. Being slightly uncomfortable lying down is still 100% better than being comfortable sitting upright... any solution that keeps the blood flowing in my legs on a flight is welcome!
Personally I would not be comfortable stretching out in this manner. It seems rather demonstrative to me and I don't require that much sleep or comfort really. To me it is similar to the people I see sprawled out on the floor of airport terminals. I never really understood how someone could find more comfort or the filthy floor than in a somewhat cleaner seat (sorry to digress). Don't get me wrong, the added space and privacy of an empty middle seat would be most welcomed but I am not sure I would pay a premium for it. Were I to do so, I suspect I would just book envoy/business/first class. Cheers!
I'm 5'2", so this would be much more comfortable for me, since my feet only touch the floor if I'm sitting bolt upright, although if it's 5'1" long I'm guessing my feet would be frequently hit by the drinks cart. I like the idea, though. Anyway, I usually travel alone, so it would't apply. Still waiting for sleep pods for those long-haul flights...
I would be prepared to give it a try... sleep pods sound good though
I'm single. Do they check to see if you know eachother before making this selection?
Well you have to book together, these seat configerations are not just random. But nice try :-) Kirsty, the pods would indeed be better but they are very expensive. One of the good points of these seats, is they are affordable in the economy class :-)
To me it really depends on how long the flight is....