Daily Archives: 10 May, 2008

What Wouldn’t We Give For An Extra 2 Inches?

Seats

The Interpreter is a blog that I can’t recommend highly enough for anybody with an interest in Australian foreign policy, geo-politics and other non-geekery (I promise, it’s all really very interesting). One recent post may even be of interest to an audience beyond myself (and a group of middle men who just happen to live at home, wear anoraks and possess an unhealthy interest in train timetables).

What you see before you is no less than a new design for economy class / human cargo hold. The staggered design according to the glossy brochure allows passengers to recline without disturbing the person behind them, provides more leg space (2-inches more!) and increases the width of each individual seat to ‘rival the width of Business class seats, without affecting seat pitch, aisle width or overall capacity’. Today.com has some further details.

Depressingly, according to the manufacturer ‘these are valuable increases given the continued growth in average passenger size (particularly US nationals) and the remaining lifespan of the current generation of aircraft’.

Delta is planning on installing the Cozy Suite in its Boeing 777 and 767 economy class aircraft by 2010, so don’t hold your breath until you get to enjoy the feeling of a child kicking the back of one of these beauties. But just perhaps there’s some hope for those of us marooned down the arse end of the plane.

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BA Jet Lag Calculator

BA’s website has a useful little jet-lag calculator which recommends when to seek or avoid light at your destination to minimise jet-lag. Simply enter the time you usually wake, the local time and the time at your destination.

Apparently, if holing yourself up in a pitch black room isn’t an option just wearing dark glasses will help.

If you are desperate to know more they also offer Dr Sleep Podcasts ‘a series of sleep advice podcasts from our resident sleep expert, Dr Chris Idzikowski’. So, that’s the insomnia cured.

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[Image via Kim Pierro]

Ferry Sunk

FerryA few weeks ago I posted about the “Timor Ferry“; a high speed Darwin-Bali ferry service which, it was claimed, would be operational by the end of the year. A comment from ednaxe (who I suspect might know a thing or two more about ferries than I do) about the original post seems to put paid to this suggestion in a most comprehensive manner:

The site claims that the ships were built in Hobart, Tasmania, indicating that they were built by Incat. First of all, Incat has a list http://www.incat.com.au/domino/incat/incatweb.nsf/v-title/Ships%20in%20Service?OpenDocument of all the ships they have built, indicating that they have only sold three ships to Condor, only two of which are as large as the Timor Ferry site describes, and all of which are still in service. Secondly, even if Timor Ferry did buy these ships from Condor, their maximum service speed is 40 knots, meaning the Bali-Darwin trip would take at least 24 hours. The site makes reference to “reclining seats”, but realistically such a service would need to retrofit the ferries with sleeping berths, greatly decreasing capacity. Thirdly, the fuel costs on such a long route would almost certainly make high-speed service unprofitable (Stena Line found even the 100nm Harwich-Hook of Holland route was too long for high-speed ferries to meet fuel costs).

Unfortunately, Timor Ferry sounds more like an attempt to scam some “investors” than a realistic proposal.

I think, in the absence of some startling evidence to the contrary this is dead in the water, as it were. Cheers ednaxe for clearing this up.

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