An appeal for bigger, deeper, better airline seats

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to the sale to Emirates Airline of more than 40 Airbus airliners ('Airbus trumps Boeing again with US$5.1b Qatar Airways deal,' June 20).

This is not a thing to rejoice over because I find the Airbuses rather uncomfortable, whatever the layout, in that they pinch a little extra seating space, especially for those of us who fly economy class.

Traditionally, Boeing jets are generally more comfortable, with wider seats and longer leg room. This is confirmed by colleagues who mostly are of a bigger build than Southeast Asians.

Given its home base, the majority of Emirates' passengers would not be Southeast Asians. I hope that the airline has consulted with Airbus on seat size. However, this is probably not the case, as the west and the Middle East have been adjusting to Far Eastern needs.

From the start, the selling point of the 'bus' was seating economy. Now Airbus may push its rival, Boeing, to the edge. According to the report, annual orders - including the Emirates sale - are 197 for Airbus and 38 for Boeing.

The days of suffering for airline travellers may have only just begun.





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