Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) is using a uniquely designed economy class seat in its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. While “reclining,” the bottom part of the new seat slides forward three inches and the seat-back moves down. This allows the passenger to sit at an angle while the seat in itself never reclines like a traditional reclining seat. As a result, the “reclining” passenger does not encroach on the space of the passenger seated at the back.
ANA Dreamliners have 34-inch seat-pitch in economy which makes such a slide-forward operation less cramped than it will be in the more-prevalent 31-inch economy seat-pitch. This video demonstrates the operation of the new seat.
While there’s great news for those flying on ANA’s Dreamliners – they won’t have to deal with encroachment from the passenger in the row in front of them during a flight. But we question how comfortable and spacious the “reclining” seat is – especially for those of us with long legs.
Have you flown on this new craft? Are the economy seats more comfortable or too cramped?