So, Qatar Airways are now moving to a 3x4x3 configuration in economy.

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Chris_PER

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Feb 2014

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So, Qatar Airways are now moving to a 3x4x3 configuration in economy. For those that travel economy, does this affect your decision to chose Qatar now?

TomGoddardd

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Dec 2014

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Well out of SYD, the only operator with 3-3-3 abreast seating is CX all other carriers have 3-4-3, with QR to soon start. Yes it will sway my opinion towards CX and away from QR when travelling in Y, but if I had to route through the Middle East or choose one of the big Middle East Three it would be QR.

apacau

Member since 02 Jun 2013

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VA are still 3-3-3 in Y and their upcoming refurb won't change this either as far as I know, as it only touches J and W classes.

Ksmith

Member since 05 Sep 2011

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Air China, Air Canada, British Airways, Delta, Singapore Airlines, and United all operate 9 abreast seating on their B777's to SYD as well, although Air Canada are about to go 10 abreast, while United will soon bring their Dreamliner with 9 abreast seating. 

cooper81

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Member since 01 Apr 2012

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Still have a bit of time to enjoy 3x3x3 on QR.  They've announced which routes the 3x4x3 configured aircraft will be deployed on as they are progressively kitted out.

From 22MAR:  AMS/AMM/CGK/MNL/CDG

From 01JUL: DFW/MEL/MIA/IAH

So it looks like the only OZ route to have the cramped seating for a while will be MEL.

In fairness 3x4x3 isn't TOO bad if you are of normal stature and the decreased seat width is compensated with increased pitch.  But when you are cramped from all angles (as per the 9 abreast 787) it's jiust awful.

cooper81

BA Gold

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Tom - BA continue to operate 3x3x3 seating in Y on the 777-300 ex SYD also.  How long for who knows.  I can see them soon following the crowd and going ten abreast.  The bean counters won't be able to resist - especially when everyone else is doing it.

TomGoddardd

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Dec 2014

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Knew I was missing one! Cheers

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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SQ?

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Aug 2011

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SQ are still 3x3x3.

gazzaoak

Member since 22 Aug 2015

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Didn't BA try to convert into 3-4-3 seating on their 777, but then went back to 3-3-3

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

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Herd wanna save a dollar, so carriers deliver. As simple as this. Saying that I do not like travel via Middle East anyway, so it will not affect my pattern anyhow. AFAIK SQ, CX and BA are still 3-3-3 and all fine airlines that sitting on top of my list. AY also use 3-3-3 in 350 and 2-4-2 in 330 and 340 (that is also not that bad) in routes to Europe, though they not flying from Australia.

devilish

Member since 06 Jan 2015

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Except the carrier won't charge cheaper prices to the herd. Prices will remain the same and the carrier will pick up more revenue.

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

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Then vote with your wallet and buy 3-3-3 over 3-4-3 for the same price.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 762

Nearly 100% accurate statement... but then you included BA in your "fine airlines" statement :-p

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 872

It may surprise you, but I enjoy flying with BA more than with, say, Emirates. And yes, I flown both. In my list en route to Europe AY is first and BA is second. Have not tried CX yet and plan to do so next trip, love SQ, but they not OneWorld and I avoid gulf carriers like plague. YMMV greatly.

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