coughpy seats in new Qantas Boeing aircraft

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So I just had a flight an a shiny new Qantas 737, very nice! But about 30 min or so into the flight I began to realise the seat base was a little uncomfortable & it got worse from there. It seems the new seats have a lower quality foam pad but more importantly a flat base under this which I don't think was the case with earlier Boeing aircraft. I'm actually not so fussy about seating, I wasn't even thinking about it but it became quite a noticeable over time. And it's not like Boeing or their suppliers shouldn't know how to design a seat with a shaped base by now.

In the future I will try to borrow a pillow to sit on. I wonder if the Qantas purchasing people are aware that the seats are lower quality?
 

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No, I'm not the type to lodge complaints or anything except for a serious issue. I'm just surprised the seating would go backwards when so many other things in the aircraft have improved.
 

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Can't say I've noticed a difference in the seats.


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I'm with Medhead I have been on the new 737 and can not notice a difference, may be I have a lot of padding to cover the short fall in the seat.

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I believe the newer seats are physically shorter.

The top of the back rest comes to below my shoulders and when new the hard padding digs in - it can get quite uncomfortable.

This is made worse by the sliding headrest having a greater slide which when fully raised, makes for quite a cavity in the support at the neck and shoulders.

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I believe the newer seats are physically shorter.

The top of the back rest comes to below my shoulders and when new the hard padding digs in - it can get quite uncomfortable.

This is made worse by the sliding headrest having a greater slide which when fully raised, makes for quite a cavity in the support at the neck and shoulders.

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Yep. I've noticed that. :( But nothing about the base.

Aren't the airlines responsible for the fitout with Boeing just following their instructions?


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Not the type to lodge complaints, but ok with complaining to people who can't do a thing about it?
Whats the point.
 

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I agree, the seats arent comfortable in the new bsi aircraft and find the seats noticably narrower.

However row 4 has leather seatbelts?

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just be glad it wasn't one of the Chinese airlines that like to use newspaper to stuff the seats when the padding wears out/falls out!
 

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To me the new seats seem straighter. They don't have the same lumbar support as the old seats. It is ok for short flights. But i tend to notice it for longer flights. Could be just is the difference between a new seat and one that has been worn in a bit after a few years use.

Can't say I have noticed much different in the seat bottom.
 

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Can't say I've noticed a difference in the seats.


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I've noticed a difference but for the better I find them slightly more comfortable than the older style.
 

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just be glad it wasn't one of the Chinese airlines that like to use newspaper to stuff the seats when the padding wears out/falls out!



Which is better than Air pacific J on a 737 with no padding at all!!!! Sept 2009 AKL - APW
 

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There a slight differences between the older and newer seats but nothing serious. To date I have only sat in row 4 of the newer 737s and the seat feels narrower but the legroom is still OK. Haven't really noticed if they are less comfortable and I have spent 4 flights across the Tasman in recent times and have also been able to sleep.

Not the type to lodge complaints, but ok with complaining to people who can't do a thing about it?
Whats the point.
Discussion is good....
 

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I was more wondering if anyone else had noticed this than posting a gripe, I also wondered if Qantas had been dudded somewhat by their seating supplier (quality PU foam can be expensive) or if they are well aware.
 

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I have posted similar before but that was railing against the gale force wind of the AVoD IFE that goes hand in hand.

After severl months the seatbacks do soften a litle (The ZK TT jobs have been around for a couple of years now) - that shoulder pain isn't so noticeable.

In reality, the seats are significantly lighter - it may compensate the additional weight of the AVOD IFE.
 

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When I sat in the new seats in Y, my sense was that they offered less leg room than the old seats. I don't know whether this is accurate or not, but the seat in front felt much closer than for the old seats.

In J, I very much like the new ones.
 
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