The passengers are now aware that the specific type of the model seat they seat on is the basic of the experience they get as passengers. The aeroplane seat manufacturers make different types of seats in the market. The type of the seats may also depend in they are found in the economy or premium economy seating.
The traditional economy has same old seat, with USB, AC power and IFE on demand. The new seats have now the phones slots with the tablet ledges.
Bare bones slimline in the economy: it has enough knee-room with the same pitch which allow 30” pitch feel like it is 31”. It enables the use of sub 28” pitch on the Jetstar and Spirit Style with the fixed recline. Some seat monuments that poke in the passenger may make it feel wider. The seat may lack padding, less back support with short seat pans. With this seat, the traditional seat pitch is not measured by the eyeball to seat back and butt to knee measurement.
Full featured slimline for economy has the same underpinning the barebones version but there is more padding which may take around 31to 32 inches. They normally have the whistles and the bells of the modern economy. They have been constructed cleverly and the models do not make the passenger to think about the slimline. The updates like the winged headrests make the seats to look and to feel premium.
Economy plus with the extra legroom in the economy seats: they are the same seats as the economy seats but they have increased legroom with increased recline. They can be pitched to be over 34” to 38” which means 3-5 inches over the economy seats. Some instances, the AVOD programs are available at full range with meals and alcohol.
Eurobusiness seat: this is for front cabinet for every European airline for continental services. There is occasional option for the premium and economy cabin. There is a blocked seat for every row on the three narrow bodies. Sometime with the fold down table, the seat can be 2-3” with extra pitch. The convertible seats which were seen formally on the BA are being phased out.
Skycouch: they are made in the row of economy seats with enough legrest which rise in order to form the flat sofa for the length of the economy seats. They have been made by the aeroplane seat manufacturers of New Zealand and they had been bought by the Chinese airlines that go for long hauls. They may need a couple of the extra inches for pitch.
Recliner is for US domestic airlines. It is short to the medium outside of the US. You can find them in the international premium economy cabins on the airlines found outside of the US. The pitch is from 37 to 40 inches. The new hybrids are for the CX regional business and they have angled lie-flat, sleeper and cross breed recliners. The recent updates added some bells and whistles with a cut pitch.
Cradle sleeper: this is the version of LA-Z-Boy chair in the aviation. It has a significant recline with larger leg rest compared to the recliners. The recent installs features superseded of the full flat seats with the lie flat.
Full flat: they have been introduced by the British airways of 2000 and they are standards in the most non premium airlines. When a footrest is not included, the customers may experience the problems of the leg droop. They can move backward and forwards.
Herringbone aisle access: they are the seat for first class and they were used for the first time by the Virgin Atlantic. They point to the aisle and some passengers do not like them because they may be looking away of the window. The seat can recline or can flip over in order to reach the footrest for the bed mode.
First class aisle access: the seats are plusher, wider and longer compared to the business equivalents. There are fully flat beds and they can be accessed from the aisle and they have widebody configuration. There is a decline of these seats because of the decline of the international first class. Other options are super first class suites and seat and bed suites.