I think it's almost entirely a psychological thing. Provided the seat pitch and width are the same as in a widebody, there's actually no difference in the reality. But the perception can be quite different.Honest question those concerned about long haul flights in a narrow-body: if comparing the same class, does it really make a difference?
Surely Y in a 321XLR is just as good/bad as Y in a 787? The seats are usually the same if not narrower on the wide body.
Is it the curvature of the hull that makes the window seats less desirable?
The lower number of lavs? (I though passenger-lav ratios are usually similar)
If QF are to have a "subfleet" of XLRs, I would suggest they would probably have more than 12.2024 is first delivery for the 321XLR.
Was suggested on airliners.net that internal speculation is 12 JQAus, 12 QF and rest TBD
At a guess would allow thinner routes eg. PER-HKG,AKL and ADL-SIN,HKG,NRT and possibly additional frequencies or secondary cities in Japan from SYD, MEL, BNE
Little bitterness creeping in now you’ve leftJoyce hasn't actually ordered anything for mainline and I doubt that anything as changed. Jetstar will get them.
My bet is that the quote will be along the lines of "the pilots wouldn't accept the wonderful EBA, so we're going to place the aircraft with Jetstar"....
Hello western sydneyI'm still of the opinion that its a possibility that the long term plan is to take the 787-8's out of JQ service and return them back to service joining the B787-9s for QFi and even QFd leaving all of the Jetstar group as a solely A320/A321 NEO/XLR operation (essentially a single type operator). Once shiny new aircraft get old, tired and more expensive to maintain - back to mainline they go!
The black swan event is still going to be with everyone in the world not ordering widebodies, and attempting to fly everywhere more frequently with narrowbodies, is that this must result in a massive increase in the number of airframes and airspace congestion without the airport gates or pilots to fly them.
Unless airports and airlines can agree to build more cheap airport space, and airlines are prepared to allow pilot wages to start rising then I can't see how they are going to extricate themselves from this future quandry.
Yes some more airspace capacity and an increase in movements in greater SYD MEL and BNE but note that I also talked about gate space (more of a MEL and BNE issue) and trained pilots (a global issue) to fly them, they don't fly themselves.Hello western sydney
Hello new tulla runway
Hello new bne runway
I agree JB, but I think you have spent too long up the front "Ride" is possibly a factor that rates below almost everything to most pax. It would rank, IMHO, even below such stuff as "mood lighting". Sheer room is probably the most valuable thing to most pax, followed by IFE, then soft product - meals, drinks, etc.The ride will be different.