June 11, 2013 Philippine Air’s Newest Torture Chamber…Err I Mean A330.
Philippine Air loaded the seat map for their new A330 configuration. The all economy configuration seats 414 passengers in a 3-3-3 configuration and slated to be used on Hajji flights. Wait what 3-3-3?!?!?!. Ok that doesn’t sound as bad as it actually is. Most carriers have their A330’s in 8-abreast seating in a 2-4-2 configuration, which this average blogger finds reasonably comfortable. Now, until recently the 777 has 9-abreast seating in a 3-3-3 configuration. Of course cabin width on a 777 is 19ft 3in (5.86m) and the A330 has cabin width of 17ft 3in (5.28m). Using some rough maths this means that each seat on Philippine Air’s new A330 is about 8% narrower than the 777 coach seat. On an hour long flight that’s not going to make much of a difference, on a flight to Saudi Arabia I imagine this will make a huge difference.
Either way count me out.
h/t Airline Route Blog