New VA International J class seat

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I am betting it will be the same seat CX use on their international A330 and 77W fleet.
 

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I am betting it will be the same seat CX use on their international A330 and 77W fleet.

Me too, I really hope this is the choice they have made. This particular seat can be installed on narrow bodies as well, which adds an interesting element of flexibility.
 

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Me too, I really hope this is the choice they have made. This particular seat can be installed on narrow bodies as well, which adds an interesting element of flexibility.

It can be installed on a narrow body, but VA don't really have any routes that it would be viable to do so.
 

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I am betting it will be the same seat CX use on their international A330 and 77W fleet.

As nice as it is, I just don't see VA installing this product because of the route. Maybe something more along the lines of AirNZ is what Im thinking.
 

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It can be installed on a narrow body, but VA don't really have any routes that it would be viable to do so.

Though that flexibility is handy, like AA's new A321 for transcon services, it has the CX seat installed as First in a 1-1 config.
 

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Though that flexibility is handy, like AA's new A321 for transcon services, it has the CX seat installed as First in a 1-1 config.

That's a premium heavy market on a 6 hour flight that can actually demand a fare that makes it worth it. VA doesn't have that market at this time unless they want to install that seat for a dedicated transcon service on the 737.
 

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The CX J seat would be amazing if VA went with it for the 330 and 777 fleet and would throw them miles ahead of QF but I'm amazed they're really tight lipped on this. The latest 330 is arriving this month so hopefully we can all see what they've selected.
 

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The CX J seat would be amazing if VA went with it for the 330 and 777 fleet and would throw them miles ahead of QF but I'm amazed they're really tight lipped on this. The latest 330 is arriving this month so hopefully we can all see what they've selected.

In this case I think it's a matter of under-promise over-deliver (something VA don't always do). Just look at the constant disappointment on the QF thread about when QF will actually install the new seat.
 

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In this case I think it's a matter of under-promise over-deliver (something VA don't always do). Just look at the constant disappointment on the QF thread about when QF will actually install the new seat.

I hope they get it just right! Isngood how they mentioned the new bird will come with the new product so planning to see when her first revenue flight is so I can use one of the WP upgrades!

I'm not keeping my expectations high as we don't know what layout or seat design it is but I would think it would be a while before the entire 777 and 330 fleet get updated with the new seats. Crossing finers they start refurbing the 777 before January as I have a flight but I don't think that will happen.
 

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I hope they get it just right! Isngood how they mentioned the new bird will come with the new product so planning to see when her first revenue flight is so I can use one of the WP upgrades!

I'm not keeping my expectations high as we don't know what layout or seat design it is but I would think it would be a while before the entire 777 and 330 fleet get updated with the new seats. Crossing finers they start refurbing the 777 before January as I have a flight but I don't think that will happen.

It will be easier for VA to refurb their entire widebody fleet as it currently consists of only 12 aircraft.
 

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As nice as it is, I just don't see VA installing this product because of the route. Maybe something more along the lines of AirNZ is what Im thinking.

I doubt it. Whilst I personally like the NZ seat, many don't and it is not the direction in which the industry is heading, pardon the pun!
 

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I doubt it. Whilst I personally like the NZ seat, many don't and it is not the direction in which the industry is heading, pardon the pun!



I'm not too fussy - personally I'll take just about anything which gives everyone aisle access, and personally love the NZ J product on their 777. Also am a big fan of the SQ J seat (and the new one looks great too).

Personal space / privacy is good, being able to see out a window is good (the NZ J's biggest let down imho), and I'm a big fan of at least the feeling of width of seat, especially when in 'bed' mode.

The CX seat looks great also, but again I'm pretty easy to please. I do agree that VA's hard J product (on 777) is a bit tired now and definitely ready for a new seat, and I'm excited about what that might look like. Have never tried out QF's J product, will hopefully get to try that out soon (long haul)
 

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Disappointingly, I am not likely to experience the new J seats given the cessation of the direct MEL-LAX route. I have flown VA every time to USA. :(

Never say never.....
 

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It will be easier for VA to refurb their entire widebody fleet as it currently consists of only 12 aircraft.

Yeah refurb would be the way to go but it would take a long period as they don't really have spare planes around once one gets pulled for refurb
 

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My guess it that will pull the 777 off AUH and get EY to fly VA29/30 over the quite periods in Oct/Nov & Feb/Mar '15. If they are only doing J upgrade then it wouldn't be much downtown depending where its done. Same could happen with the A330 fleet also , depending on what the timing is for XFB to go . There is a good chance the both the 777 & A330 fleet could be completed by maybe late March before Easter .
 
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No different from when they pull a 777 for heavy maintenance and the route needs to have a schedule reduction or be covered by a partner airline for a short time.
 
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