Thomas Cook Airlines is launching flatbed economy seats on their long-haul routes starting on May 13th, 2019. While these seats are nothing like Emirates First Class, for some, they could be a nice way to cross the Atlantic. That is, if you’re under 4’5 in height!
Thomas Cook will be offering the Sleeper Seat in Rows 41 through 44 of their A330 aircraft. Since these sleeper seats are at the back of the plane where the fuselage narrows, the seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. With fewer passengers in the row, this could be a more comfortable place to spend the night on a transatlantic flight.
According to Thomas Cook Airlines, the sleeper seats come with a mattress. The mattress is laid across the three center seats and suddenly, you have your own flatbed. Though great in concept, there are some questions as to its practicality.
Is this practical?
Thomas Cook’s economy seats are 18.2 inches wide. Multiply that across three seats and you have about 54 inches of usable space. We can assume the mattress doesn’t fit snugly across, so the minor .6 inches account for some of the difference.
If you’ve already done the math, you know that 54 inches equates to only about 4.5 feet. For most people, 4.5 feet is far too short for a bed. However, if you’re traveling with family, you might think that this would be a great way for your younger children to get some sleep.
But according to Thomas Cook, the sleeper seat is only available for those 12 years of age and older. It is unclear if an adult can reserve it for their children to use, but if that is the case, there is a very small subset of Thomas Cook’s travelers that could make use of the Sleeper Seat.
Thomas Cook states that the Sleeper Seat is only for one person use at a time. However, members of your group can swap in and out of the seat as many times as you would like.
The Sleeper Seat is also flexible in that you could sleep, you could read, you could watch a movie, or you could listen to audio while lounging or laying down on the product. The only thing they won’t do is let you eat while lounging or lying down.
Are there special amenities?
You won’t get a full suite of amenities like you would in Business Class, but the standard amenity kit will be offered. The closest thing to a business class experience you would get is turndown service since cabin crew will need to provide the sheets and mattress.
The meals and entertainment are just like a regular economy seat.
What does it cost?
Prices start at £200 one-way. On a longer hop from Manchester to San Francisco, you can expect to part with £400 to fly in a Sleeper Seat.
While some passengers may balk at the cost, a sleeper seat would be cheaper than a flatbed business class seat on a full-service carrier. However, if you’re on the taller side, this might just be an unusable product for you.
This is a great concept that a few other airlines have adapted, however, it seems impractical and unusable for most passengers.
Would you fly in Thomas Cook’s Sleeper Seat? Let us know in the comments!