Looking back through the previous few blogs – otherwise known as the first three blogs – I’ve been trying to find contentious points that I, opinionated as I am, may have thrown into the ring without properly addressing. Or rather, things that need to be addressed properly with their own entry.

Both Airbus and Boeing are busy turning out brand new airframes, with carriers busily lapping them up to replace older, less efficient models.

I think the topics I am most intrigued by and I’m assuming a lot of folk reading this are also – you continue to trudge through my unstructured meandering regardless – are comparisons not only between airlines, but aircraft. This is also really exciting to look at particularly now, as both Airbus and Boeing are busy turning out brand new airframes, with carriers busily lapping them up to replace older, less efficient models. New seat manufacturers are popping up with similar pace. So far we are looking at:

  • B777 10 abreast versus B777 9 abreast: just how much of a paxex detriment is there?
  • B787 9 abreast versus B787 8 abreast: its lamentable we have to look at this, but see above reasoning;
  • B777 9 abreast versus A350 9 abreast: I desperately want to throw this out there, however given how few of these gorgeous Airbus jets are in the air at the moment, we’ll have to wait on the data;
  • B787 9 abreast versus A350 9 abreast: I know precisely what you’re thinking – that the answer is entirely obvious. However, given that many airlines are currently rolling out either one or the other, I want to know the difference. See above regarding data lag;
  • B737 versus A320: both 6 abreast. Both epic workhorses of virtually every domestic or pan-continental fleet globally. Both with one-eyed fan bases;
  • Seat manufacturer versus seat manufacturer…

Looking at the list, I’m pretty pumped to get these reports out into the open. If you have any requests, don’t hesitate to ping the team an email, and make sure your thoughts are known at www.flightmaestro.net.

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Posted by Tom

Tom is a consultant and founder of FlightMaestro.net, the online travel tool that rates, ranks and dissects every facet of in-flight passenger experience. All views expressed are his own.

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