And we have another operator going all Y in the A330:
Philippine Airlines has unveiled its configuration for all-Economy Class Airbus A330-300 aircraft, due to enter operation in December 2013 to Saudi Arabia. The airline’s all-Economy Class A330-300 seats 414, in 3-3-3 configuration. Its layout for existing Economy Class on board dual-class A330 is 2-4-2.
It is sad to see a full service, non low cost carrier put 9 abreast in the A330s. I sure hope this isn't a growing trend, like how more and more operators are putting 10 abreast in their 777s. Hopefully the A350 will be just small enough to deter most carriers from putting 10 abreast in the aircraft.
Interesting to note how news of this change came just after Cebu Pacific received their first A330 with 22 more seats.
As I have said before (cynically ), it's all about getting 'Bums-on-seats', customer service/satisfaction is flying away (excuse the pun ). All about generating as much revenue as possible...rant, rant, rant, ggrrrrrrrr! Bring back the good old days of flying, I can remember when they actually cooked some parts of the meals on board!
Ok I will calm down!
A380's flown on: MH#4 9M-MND (MSN089) BA G-XLEA x 2, G-XLEB UAE A6-EDL, A6-EDR