FlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 14 Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4360 times:
The 777 offers two principle seating arrangements for 9-abreast in Y. The most common being the 3-3-3 arrangement, touted by Boeing as allowing the aircraft to be 2/3 full before forcing anyone to sit next to anyone else (or in a middle seat). AA and UA, however, arranged their 777s much as the old DC-10s/L-1011s were, which is 2-5-2.
Which do you prefer.
While I take Boeing's point about 3-3-3, in 3-3-3, 2/9 of all the seats are more than one seat away from an aisle, whereas in 2-5-2, only 1/9 of all the seats are.
Personally, I prefer the 2-5-2 arrangement. what do you think?
anyone else prefer an alternative, perhaps like the 3-4-2 KLM uses on their MD-11s (which will soon be altered to 3-3-3 to match the 777s)?
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12011 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4246 times:
It's actually news to me that the 777 is flown with a 2-5-2 configuration by some airlines, I really don't like the 3-3-3 on others, as it means the window seat I prefer requires annoying 2 people to get out of my own seat.
Varig had the 2-4-3 seating when I flew them a couple of years ago, so perhaps they had it on the 777 as well. Certainly I would be put off from flying with EK in their 3-4-3 on the 777, I flew a ThomsonFly 767-200 within Europe this summer and it's 2-4-2 layout was bad enough, I could not imagine it on such a long flight, even with the great IFE they have.
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ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 2008 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4243 times:
For me it is 2-5-2 I have always liked a window seat and to have to crawl over 2 people on the way out is a pain. In 3-3-3 2 people per row have to crawl over 2 people while in 2-5-2 only 1 person does, and they get a chose on what way to go if there is only one person sitting on one side of them.
CPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4119 times:
I have flown 3-3-3, 2-5-2 and the horrible 3-4-3. While nobody expect me to prefer the latter (Besides the weirdo China Southern and Emirates hooligans out there), i really prefer the 2-5-2.
The 3-3-3 can seat 6/9 before you seat next to another person, that's right. But the 2-5-2 can actually accommodate 8/9 with no one having two side-mates, and still nobody has to climb over two people to get out.
The only bad about the 2-5-2 is to get the middle seat in a fully loaded blimp, but you are seriously unlucky if you ask for another option and don't get it.
The 3-4-2 is a nice config, as it suits businessman and families, but still, on the 2-5-2 I have four aisles seats and two windows seats with only one person to trash when visiting the back of the plane, with 3-4-2 I also have the four aisle seats, but only one of the happy happy windows seats...
So I'd go for the 2-5-2 any day.
The China Southern 3-4-3 btw, is also ridiculous in the height. The seats are not very tall, it seems like they tried to cramp in another level of 3-4-3 on top. You'll probably be better of in the toilet on a long haul aboard this bird (The CZ food can help you get there).
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