A Bit of Seat Info about the Boeing 787

The new Boeing 787, which will replace the 767 with an aircraft boasting significant cost savings, will not be as comfortable for passengers as once thought.  The plane was conceived to over 8-across seating in coach, with extremely wide 19" seats (about 2 inches wider than regular coach seats).  However, about 2/3 of the airlines purchasing the planes have decided to jam in 9 seats with regular dimensions.  On the plus side, the extra 21 passengers squished into the plane should (theoretically) keep fares low.  And everyone likes that.  Except the dude in the middle seat in the back. 


  1. I hate airlines. Hate hate hate airlines. Of course, my company’s travel policies (cheapest seats, no matter what) are partly to blame, too. But is there no way to provide wider economy class or business class upgrades on the fly that I could pay for out of pocket on my own? My company won’t, but I’d sure pay somewhat more for a comfortable seat – just not the hundreds or thousands of dollars airlines charge for first class.

  2. This article by BOEING saying they expected airlines to go with 8-seats across is a Joke! — They knew exactly that the airlines would go with the ultra-narrow 17″ Seats, so they could cram 9-seats wide!

    Why do you think BOEING engineered it that way, and provided that specific option to the airlines?

    As an example, Southwest is now charging passengers who’s width is wider than 17″ (or shoulders or arms hang over the seat arm) a double-seat fare (ie: 2 ticket charge per flight), and the other airlines are beginning to follow suit.

    Whatever happened to ergonomics, so people could be comfortable in an airplane…?

    We’re only at year 2006 — Let’s not design an airplane that is a whopping 10″inches (Yes, Inches) wider, so people could be ergonomically comfortable?

    Let’s just cram more people in, the way we did back in the 60’s, so we can squeeze more money out of them!

    Even back in the 60’s NASA and Boeing found that a wider fuselage, with a flatter bottom, provided an efficient lift to the airplane, and thus the lifting-body technique (ie: use the body to help the plane lift, & fly more efficient; cheaper…)

    No, let’s make it more narrow — We can squeeze in several additional adult Americans — They need to lose weight, anyway…which isn’t our fault!

    Heck, if we widened the airplane fuselage by 10-inches, we might be able to get 10-seats across!

  3. I’m in the door business…..entrance doors used to be 30″ wide. More than 20 years ago, exit doors were increased in width to 36″….where were the airlines when this happened? They were huddled together in their smoke filled board rooms high fiving at how many passengers they squished on to a commercial airliner. Their calculators lit up with profits. Haven’t they read the news? Our bodies are getting larger, not smaller.