Mar 8, 12, 4:50 pm
Trying to look on Asiana's website but the 744 going to LAX is not on the list for the new C seat. Anybody knows when/if the bird will be refitted? I'm flying in June.
Mar 8, 12, 8:54 pm
It won't hapen by June, if you want new C seats, flying the midnight flight which is a 2 class 777 with the new C.
Have they even announced an intention to install QS on the 747's ?
Mar 9, 12, 7:49 pm
Nope, and it most likely won't happen, as 380 would be direct 1 to 1 replacement of 744.
Mar 9, 12, 8:02 pm
No plans, and this seat (Sogerma Solstys) will most likely never be certified for the 744, as its geometry is not suited for the nose section, and very space-inefficient for the upper deck (it would result in 16 C seats), making its use illogical (it would entail putting F in the nose, and Y upstairs).
The only current business class flat seats which make efficient use of a 744's unusual layout are herringbones (CX,DL,NZ,VS), BA/UA style alternating style, and side-by-side \\ or /\ CO/new LH style seats, all of which allow 20-24 seats on a 744 upper deck. A standard 2-2 flat layout with 78" pitch won't work upstairs due to the emergency exit's location about 180" from the cabin's ends.
QS style staggered seats work best in wide, longer, rectangular cabins (777, 380), where the wider center section minimizes the penalty represented by the direct aisle access for all non-aisle seats.
The intelligent solution would be to use a different new-gen C product in different planes, something only DL has done so far (herringbones on 744/777, Thompson staggered -optimal on narrower widebodies- on 764). I doubt herringbones on OZ 744 could happen, as East Asian carriers seem to feel strongly about only featuring forward-facing seats.
Mar 10, 12, 4:06 am
CX old or new seats are herringbone.
Mar 12, 12, 4:56 pm
I am flying in July on the 747 ICN to LAX as well..looks like Asiana has 6 A380's ordered but won't start taking delivery until 2014. :(