Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 11 Jan 2013
Total posts 179
On QF9/10 between Melbourne and Perth in Business the other day, I was advised that we were unable to use the pre-set recline position for takeoff and landing. Have there been regulatory issues in approving the recline position? I have previously used in the business suite on the 330
Member since 15 Mar 2016
Total posts 117
Not to my knowledge. I’ve used it on the QF 787
Member since 25 Feb 2016
Total posts 26
I flew Per-Mel in it last week and they definitely made announcements before both takeoff and landing that business seats had to be in the fully upright position. I was a little surprised by this too.
Member since 24 May 2018
Total posts 4
I asked the same question when i flew from Melbourne to London via Perth. Due to the new seat design on the 787 they are still waiting FAA approval for the recline landing seat position that's available on the seat controls. Its annoying when it's fine on the a330 to perth.
Member since 08 Feb 2018
Total posts 137
Because the biggest issue in an incident is whether a seat is slightly reclined or not.....
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 172
One size fits all, age old airline mantra...
Member since 13 May 2016
Total posts 23
I took QF 9 Perth to London 2 weeks ago and QF 10 London to Perth last week (I didn't take the domestic legs) and I'm 99% sure they said that the seats had to be in "upright or pre-set recline position". But maybe I just heard what I wanted to hear. On both flights, as soon as I sat down I put the seat in the reclined take off position and was not asked to change it. Could it be that QF has approval to use the recline position internationally but not domestically on the same aircraft?
Member since 18 Aug 2017
Total posts 42
I flew QF762 Per - Mel on the A330 Sat 5 May seated in 6E and I had the seat in t/o recline and as the attendant came through before taking their seat for t/o, they put my seat in the upright postion. I just thought maybe there had been in change in the rules.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 259
In the early days of the a330 I had an attendant berate me for reclining before take off. One of her colleagues pulled her aside and she was quite apologetic. It may just be a training issue.
Member since 05 May 2014
Total posts 8
Every J flight I’ve been able to recline, as long as the green light is on near the bottom of the seat.
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Flying in to LA on Friday we were asked to put them into the fully upright position for landing.
Member since 23 May 2011
Total posts 33
it's about the HIC (head impact criteria) for the certification of the seat. They have to demonstrate that the seat/airbag works in the upright (which is approved) and a reclined position, until that's done, they aren't approved for any other position etc..
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