Continental had a couple of their new BusinessFirst seats on display at the hangar on Saturday night, so naturally I was curious to check them out and compare them to the new United business class seats. Not surprisingly, the seats are nearly the same! Apparently they even come from the same vendor.
Unfortunately I found the new seat to be quite uncomfortable, especially for reclining and relaxing. While the seat itself was fine, the ottoman was tiny, since the seats are at a slight angle so the ottoman is only about half the size of what it is on United. This royally sucks when trying to put your feet up and relax.
It’s also worth noting that these seats will be installed on all longhaul aircraft, including the 757. They’ll by far be the best 757 business class seats, given that the 757 usually has a sub-par premium product.
Another thing that’s disappointing is that installation won’t be complete before mid-2011. By then Singapore Airlines will probably already have a new generation of seats and this one won’t be anything special (not that it is to begin with).