Thursday, July 05, 2018

Will Jet’s 737 MAX 8 make your flight more comfortable?

The first thing that strikes you as you walk into the plane is the seat colour. The airline has gone for a shade of sky blue on their new Business class seats, and teal in Economy class. All Business Class aisle seats are now accessible for wheelchair passengers with a new adjustable armrest that drops with the press of a button. Here, the seat pitch—a measure of distance between two seats—increases from 44″ to 46″ on the MAX, and the seats recline up to 10″, while on Economy, the seat pitch has been retained at 30″.

The new seat design provisions for more comfortable in-flight entertainment. Business Class passengers can prop their devices on the tray tables with a new flip-top, whereas in Economy, the device-holders are fitted at eye level on the seat back, to help you consume content without tiring your hands. And in a first for an Indian airline, all seats come with a USB charging port, which means you can juice-up on board.

These aircraft have larger overhead bins, which take up to six bags as against four in earlier aircraft. Windows look larger due to an improvised cabin design, which means more views for window seat occupants. The engines on the 737 MAX are significantly quieter as compared to the earlier engines, so catching a nap on early morning flights would be easier.
04/07/18 Ajay Awtaney/Conde Nast Traveller