New flat beds on A320 in J

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Old Sep 15, 16, 9:23 am
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New flat beds on A320 in J

Just had a couple of flights AUH-MCT-AUH on an A320 with a new J layout (A6EIZ), angled flat bed seats 2 x 2 no IFE of any description.

For use on regional flights according to Purser.

Quite comfortable.
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Old Sep 15, 16, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by VH-RMD View Post
Just had a couple of flights AUH-MCT-AUH on an A320 with a new J layout (A6EIZ), angled flat bed seats 2 x 2 no IFE of any description.

For use on regional flights according to Purser.

Quite comfortable.
No pics?
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Old Sep 16, 16, 2:24 am
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Just a few quick snaps...
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Ah, the same seats as AA A321 transcon and QR on most of their 320s. Shame about the IFE, not sure what that's about.
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The "special" A320.
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Old Sep 16, 16, 12:56 pm
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The flat bed configuration isn't visible in the pictures. But the controller seems to have an icon that may be a flat bed.

Does "angled" mean turned away from the aisles, or does it mean it's flat but not horizontal, i.e. sloped-flat?

Will all the A320s have it, and if so when? What does the "special A320" comment above mean, does it mean there's only one or two and there won't be more?


[On AUH-CCU, QR operates a 787 with great reverse-herringbone horizontal flat beds, while EY had (last I flew it) an A320 with old-fashioned neckbreaker seats.]

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Old Sep 16, 16, 3:10 pm
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Ah, the same seats as AA A321 transcon and QR on most of their 320s. Shame about the IFE, not sure what that's about.
Looks the same as the high density qr a340-600 too. Those are quite reasonable seats for 4 to 6 hr flights i think.

Is this going to roll out to the rest of the A320 fleet? Would be a nice improvement for the Colombo flights
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Old Sep 17, 16, 1:28 am
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Originally Posted by SeeBuyFly View Post
The flat bed configuration isn't visible in the pictures. But the controller seems to have an icon that may be a flat bed.

Does "angled" mean turned away from the aisles, or does it mean it's flat but not horizontal, i.e. sloped-flat?

Will all the A320s have it, and if so when? What does the "special A320" comment above mean, does it mean there's only one or two and there won't be more?


[On AUH-CCU, QR operates a 787 with great reverse-herringbone horizontal flat beds, while EY had (last I flew it) an A320 with old-fashioned neckbreaker seats.]
They lie flat, angled means turned towards the window.
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Originally Posted by Aussie_flyer View Post

...Is this going to roll out to the rest of the A320 fleet? Would be a nice improvement for the Colombo flights
Indeed it would, but would be better with some form of IFE.
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Is this going to roll out to the rest of the A320 fleet? Would be a nice improvement for the Colombo flights
Yes, it would be great, even without IFE. No announcement from EY though, so it could be a test on one plane (maybe that's why they didn't spend on installing IFE*).

If they were going to update all their 319/320/321s within a reasonable time, they would want to boast about it.


*Of course, the lack of screens could also be part of a cost-saving move to IFE on passengers' personal devices. They aren't the first airline to see that as the future.
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Interesting that the a320 they installed it on is some 24 years old..the oldest aircraft in the fleet and a second hand one from air Canada i believe
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Old Sep 18, 16, 10:02 am
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Just flew this layout on QR's A320 and was blown away by it! So I think EY are also following a good lead. Just not too keen on those stripes though.... And IFE would be good, I like the flight maps. I love my ipad mini but it doesn't cut the mustard
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The purser is wrong. This is the CEO's 320 that is occasionally put into scheduled service. No plans to roll this out further on the narrow body fleet.
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Originally Posted by SeeBuyFly View Post
What does the "special A320" comment above mean, does it mean there's only one or two and there won't be more?
There is only one.

It is the oldest A320 in the fleet.

It is the only A320 in the fleet that has CFM engines.

It is the only A320 in the fleet that has these seats.

It's special.
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Old Sep 18, 16, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by jasondc View Post
The purser is wrong. This is the CEO's 320 that is occasionally put into scheduled service. No plans to roll this out further on the narrow body fleet.
More than occasionally, but it does generally spend its life shuttling backwards and forwards to Muscat:

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/a6-eiz
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