China Southern Airlines stated (Sep-2012) it would configure its Boeing 787 aircraft with 228 seats, including four first class, 24 business and 200 economy class seats. The carrier, which is expected to add 10 787s to its fleet, configured its first class seating product with a seat pitch of 78in, a seat width of 26in and a seat tilt of 180 degrees. Business class will have a 74in seat pitch, seat width of 26in and a 10 degree seat tilt and economy class with have seat pitch of 31-33in, seat width of 17.2in and seat tilt of six degrees.
China Southern Airlines outlines configuration and seat product details of 787 fleet
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