Tag Archives: airtravel

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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Airfare search engine where price takes a backseat

InsideTrip - EaseWebjet, Zuji and other airfare search engines would do well to take a gander at InsideTrip. Any number of search engines promise to find the cheapest flight, but InsideTrip also ranks flights according to speed, comfort and ease. Boasting a wonderfully clean interface the site uses a number of mesures to award each flight option a ‘Trip Quality’ rating, including factors such as legroom, reliability, gate location, lost bag rank and on-time statistics, all which can be viewed at a click. On long haul flights or where airfares differ between airlines only by modest amounts this approach could be of real use for finding an ideal balance between a cheap fare and a comfortable flight.

Unfortunately this is still very much a US focused service (some factors, such the lost bag rank, are not available for international flights), the flights out of Australia were limited to the major airlines and prices were significantly more expensive than local search engines. Surprisingly, the site does a poor job of displaying which flights are code-shared, although I presume the Trip Quality data displayed refers to the airline actually operating the flight. Nonetheless, having some idea of the likely quality of a flight, beyond a price and the carrier’s brand, integrated into airfare search engines is an idea that deserves wider adoption.

Inside Trip

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