1. Not surprising they choose this one, similar to DL's. This is simply the best design out there now for CO's needs, as it's the flat bed that takes up the least room and don't require seats that face backwards. In fact, they take up less room then the current BF seats in the 767/777, so you may see more than 50 seats in a 772, for example.
Edit: I see in the picture that the two side-by-side seats are slightly staggered. That should give it more shoulder room, if not width, than the DL design.
2. Larry says beginning later next year. That may mean starting on the two new 772 to be delivered then, if I read it correctly. Great that they won't be waiting for the 787.
3. I still can't see how it'll be configured on the 752. Perhaps, a 2-1 seating? 5 rows of 3 seats each, for just one fewer seat than then current BF cabin? That single side will simply be awesome for single traveler.
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I think it's great that the new seat has finally been announced. It's long overdue. However, I don't get why CO is waiting so long to start installing them. Why not start the process now whenever there are enough of the seats to retrofit a plane that's being serviced, and start catching up to the other airlines that have started doing so? Perhaps because CO's fleet size is so small that the extra time it would take doesn't allow for it?
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I think we can all be relieved that the seat will be "state-of-the-art." Otherwise looks like a good commonsense solution that keeps the seat width premium.
"The concept for this unique seat came about two years ago, when the Continental team was working with Boeing on the design of the new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. It was decided that the plane would feature a state-of-the-art seat that would redefine what it means to fly comfortably."
Herringbone takes up too much space, and it also displeases a lot of people traveling together.
True but I would guess that the majority of people are solor travelers in BF (I may be wrong). Even when flying with someone I prefer the herringbone seats like DL or VS. The feel of almost total enclosure is so much better than being right next to someone even with a divider.
But I am very happy that CO has decided to go completely flat. That alone is worth any other deficiencies in the layout of the seats.