For a mere $1,950, these two Boeing 737 seats can be yours. Merry Christmas?
Can’t figure out what to buy a loved one for Christmas or Hanukkah?
I believe I have solved your problem. Boeing is selling a pair of 737 business class seats for $1,950. State of the art business class seats they are not — they look more like coach to me – but they sure would look good in your home, right?
Here’s what Boeing has to say about the seat:
Add preferred seating to your home theater, office, or family room – everyone gets an aisle seat! These are genuine Boeing 737 jetliner business-class seats that were used as demonstration models for airline customers, so they experienced only light wear; they have been cleaned and refurbished.
But, wait. There’s more!
Comfortable, cushioned seats are upholstered in heavy-duty blue leatherette. Authentic features include manual recline, contoured headrest, center console, trash/ashtray compartment in arms, and tray tables and footrests in seat backs.
Better hurry, though. Apparently it takes two weeks for Boeing to ready to shipment.
H/T to @martianbogon
Airbus brought a mock-up of an A320 interior to an Anaheim, Calif. trade show last week. Photo by staff photographer Stephen Carr.
I mentioned in a post last week that Airbus’s A320 airplanes are 7 inches wider than the comparable Boeing 737. That means Airbus customers can install seats that are 1-inch wider than on Boeing 737s. Not all airlines actually put in wider seats, for reasons I detailed last week, but at least they have the option.
Airbus is darn proud of this fact. So proud that they brought a mock-up of an A320 to a trade show last week in Anaheim. The seats above may look the same, but Airbus is actually trying to show why its setup is better. On the right, in orange, are 18-inch wide Airbus seats. On the left, in brown, are 17-inch Boeing seats.
Which one looks more comfortable to you?
Also, note the flooring. Apparently that’s an option for carriers, though I have never actually seen it in the air. In Airbus lingo it’s call “non-textile floor.” Have you ever seen it?
Here’s a fun fact for the day. According to Airbus officials, the cabin of the narrow-body A320 airplane is roughly seven inches wider than on the Boeing 737 – the airplane with which it competes.
Airbus officials made a big deal of this at this week’s APEXIFSA Expo in Anaheim – a trade show dedicated to improving the passenger experience for travelers. They say that the wider interior means airlines can install 18-inch wide seats, instead of the standard 17-inch ones. Or, they noted, an airline might put in two 17-inch seats in a row and then one 20-inch seat. Why might they do that? Because they could sell the extra wide seat for a higher price.
But here’s something that’s interesting. An Airbus official told me that many airlines still put in standard airline seats in the A320s, which means they don’t take advantage of the extra room. There seem to be two reasons. The first is efficiency. Airlines like to have the same seats for their entire fleet. So if they have Boeings and Airbuses, they may just prefer to have all 17-inch wide seats.
The second reason is less intuitive. A lot of the all-Airbus narrow-body fleets belong to low-cost carriers. Many of those airlines place a premium on having their airplanes on the ground for as little time as possible. For those airlines, an extra-wide aisle is very important. With an extra-wide aisle, passengers can take some time to put bags in overhead bins, while still allowing other passengers to walk behind them. This means planes can board faster.
After Asiana Flight 214 crash landed in San Francisco last week, casual aviation readers were reminded that long-haul flights usually carry three or for pilots, two of whom are usually in the cockpit at any one time.
The others are resting. But where do they sleep?
It depends on the airline. Sometimes they sit in a first or business class seat. Other times they might even take a row in the coach cabin. But on the longest flights on the biggest planes, airlines have usually installed crew bunks.
I recently took that shot of the pilot rest area on United new 787, which it flies from LAX to Tokyo. Comfy, right?
United Airlines took another step forward in the quest for increased fuel efficiency today, when a 737-800 fitted with a new type of winglet flew its first flight in Everett, Wash.
Instead of merely having a wingtip pointed upwards, as on much of the carrier’s Boeing fleet, the new wingtips have two elements – one points up and the other, which is considerably smaller, points down.
United officials say the new winglet results in significantly less drag than the current model used by the airline on its 737 fleet. They say the winglet – called the Split Scimitar – will result in a roughly 2 percent fuel savings the 737s.
Eventually, when United puts the new technology on its 737, 757 and 767 fleet, the airline expects to save $200 million annually in fuel. Currently, some of those planes have traditional winglets, while some have none at all.
There’s a bit of a competition going between Boeing and Airbus over who can develop more efficient wings. Airbus, which has historically had relatively small wingtip devices on its planes, has started helping airlines retrofit their A320 family aircraft with 2.5 meter high “sharklets.” Airbus says their sharklets, pictured below, reduce fuel consumption by about 4 percent on the longest flights.