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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