Hi - is there a way to tell in advance if your 737 flight has new business class cabin.
I have noticed on 2 upcoming seat map flights for Dec it shows the premium cabin as 2 x 2 rather than 3 x 3 (with the middle seat marked n/a). If it shows 2x2 does this mean the bird is fitted with new business class seating?
There's a whole thread on this on AFF. Up until about a month ago the was a relatively simple and reliable method; however in recent times it's become a bit less precise, mainly due to the semi refitted DJ aircraft out there (i.e. On the front cabin has been upgraded).
It seems with a mix of old (PE), refitted and BSI the presence of a Left/port/ABC side bulkhead in front of row 1A/B/C indicates the new Business seating rather than PE. The BSI aircraft do not generally have the N/A in the B/E columns, just a 'blank' space.
From my limited experience DJ seem to swap aircraft fairly frequently so I don't get too excited until I am on board. However in "Premium" there is little difference IMHO between new and old from a practical perspective and I am happy with either. At least old has IFE.
This is not a criticism but a personal value that I have found both new and old to be fine for short haul flying. I would avoid both for anything trans-con however or international.