Oh no, here we go again. About a year ago we had the hub-bub over the standing seats (which, for the record, I still believe existed). Now, new and improved for 2007: Rear-facing seats!
This configuration makes me practically pine for standing seats! Can you imagine crawling out from the window in such a configuration? According to the Times, this is a real possibility:
Ten airlines, including one British carrier, are considering turning half their economy-class seats to face the opposite way to the other half to squeeze in an extra column of seats along the aircraft.
Airlines could add up to 50 seats to each aircraft and increase the seat pitch, the gap between one seat and the seat in front, by four inches (10cm).
Rear-facing seats aren’t new, per se. Business class seats on British Airways have alternated between forward and reverse-facing seats for some time. But such an arrangement is new for economy.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the new economy option is designed by the Premium Aircraft Interiors Group (PAIG), the same company that designed the BA Club World seats.
But business class seats have a degree of privacy that economy seats simply don’t have. Not only will crawling over your neighbors be harder, but you’ll be staring at your neighbor’s face. And romantic couples won’t be getting too frisky in this configuration.
So, who are the ten airlines that are reportedly considering this puzzle-piece seating arrangement?