hockeyinsider asks, “Are there enough toilets on the new A350?”
There are 226 passengers in economy-class, assuming all of the seats are occupied. That means there are 4 lavatories for 274 passengers, unless flight attendants allow the 48 premium-economy passengers to use the 4 lavatories designated for the 32 business-class passengers.
By comparison, there are 10 lavatories for the 328 economy-class and comfort-plus passengers in the Boeing 747. That’s 1 lavatory for every 32.8 passengers on the 747 compared to 1 lavatory for every 68.5 passengers on the A350.
I suppose I need to remind folks not to go barefoot or without shoes/slippers into any lavatory once the plane boards.
There are two lavatories at the front of business class and two lavatories at the back of business class. And there are two lavatories in the middle of the economy cabin.
Assuming that premium economy passengers are allowed to use the two lavatories at the back of business class, then there are 4 lavatories for 226 coach passengers or one lavatory per 56.5 passengers in back.
That doesn’t sound like very many, but it’s not something new with this aircraft. Delta has four lavatories for 254 economy passengers on their Boeing 777-200LR. They have four lavatories for 200 economy passengers on their Boeing 767-300ER.
American can be a little bit better on a similar aircraft, 5 lavatories for 232 coach passengers on their Boeing 787-9, or one per 48.4 passengers. But that’s still not a lot. United has 4 lavatories for 204 economy passengers on their Boeing 787-9.
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Lavatory
I wouldn’t want to walk into a coach lav after flying Detroit – Tokyo, Los Angeles – Auckland, or Los Angeles – Singapore on one of these planes — but Delta’s hardly charting new ground here.
(HT: Dennis L.)