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Gosh, that is a harsh review, VintageKrug…

Firstly, of course this is PR spin and revenue maximisation is a primary motivation, but this is an innovation nonetheless, and full credit to NZ for trying to think outside of the box. Economy is also a clearly superior product vs other airlines, and is not a retrograde step vs NZ’s existing the 772. Yes, width has gone from 17.8 to 17, but pitch is up from 32 to 33, and compares favourably with BA/VS/KL’s 31 and QF’s 32

There are also clear improvements to the (already pretty nice) soft product – not to suggest that food ordering on demand, for example, is not a premium proposition would be churlish (especially when BA sneers at you when you request dine on demand, even in First)

As for shell seats in PE, is it really fair to compare with CX’s 32″ Y class seat? With an effective pitch of 40″ due to the herringbone configuration, surely it is closer to a business lite offering? And with 2-2-2 seating it is light years ahead of any of the current PE offerings by BA/VS/QF/AF/NH and the like

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