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Does Anybody Like 3x3 Seating?  
User currently offlineSacamojus From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 228 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

When I fly, I go out of my way to not have a 3x3 seated airplane. I will even choose to fly on an RJ over a 737 anyday, just so that I am not stuck in my window seat the entire trip. Any thoughts?

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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Must be hard finding a transcon RJ flight.

Sounds like you choose to be stuck in a window seat. Take an aisle or middle seat and solve your problem. Buy a business class seat and solve your problem.

Not really cost effective for airlines to remove a third of their economy seats without hiking fares accordingly.


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2660 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

It doesn't really bother me....

I usually take the window seats on shorter flights, but on longer flights, I'll take the aisle.

Of course, if you travel non-rev, you sometimes get stuck with whats left, but that's the price you pay.



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User currently offlineTeo747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

Doesn't bother me at all...I'll take a ride on a 3-3 737/757/319 any day over a 2-2 RJ. I don't feel stuck in the window seat when all I have to do is politely ask the people next to me to let me out. If they're sleeping, then let the airplane gymnastics begin!

User currently offlineDanairbus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Fly with DL or AA they have MD-80's that have 2-3.

User currently offlineAnetter123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

The 3/3 doesn't bother me as long as I'm not in the middle. I love Embraer for this, eliminating that often despised middle seat.

User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

I dont like 3-3 either... but in Australia and Europe where I was living there is little choice - with most trips on 737s and A320/319/321's... Ah well.

I would much rather the 2-2 or 2-3 config or even better a 767 on domestic hop here in AUS. I always try and get on the QF 767 domestic if I can avoid the 737- it feels cooler and I love the fact that being on the aisle in the middle seciton generally means the person next to me will most of the time be with the person on the other aisle - hence never having to get up and more often than not - on these routes if not full, the middle seat ois left empty with couples opting to the side sections.

That's always why I like VS's premium Econ layout of 2-3-2 as opposed to BA's 2-4-2 as if the aisle seat is taken in the middle section, I will select the aisle on the other side of the middle - and the middle seat is generally then left empty!


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2402 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 2):
It doesn't really bother me....

I usually take the window seats on shorter flights, but on longer flights, I'll take the aisle.

 checkmark ...exactly what I do. I'm still trying to get somebody to give me a good reason why the window seat is so important...once you get up there, it's really quite, quite boring. And when you're near the ground, in a plane that is small enough to be single aisle, you can usually see just about the same stuff from the aisle as you can from the window. There is the whole sleeping argument, but if you need to rely on a plane to sleep, you need to more accurately find out your sleep number.


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

Quoting Teo747 (Reply 3):
If they're sleeping, then let the airplane gymnastics begin!

And if the flight's booked very lightly, the passengers will space themselves throughout the cabin (unless told to do otherwise), allowing us extra tall folks to remove our shoes, turn up the armrests and stretch out. I love the 737s-got to stretch out on a DL 737NG on a Christmas holiday ATL-TUS trip. Expected a full flight-by the time the cabin door closed there were maybe one or two passengers in each row!



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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

It is not if I like it or not but if there is nothing else, what can you do?  Smile

There are airlines that only offer 3 x 3 seats and some 2 x 2 seaters are really some pain in the a$$.  Smile


Anyway as long as I have my window seat I am happy!


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

So you wont ever fly a Boeing 777? Its probably worse.

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 9):

Anyway as long as I have my window seat I am happy!

 checkmark 

Regards
Ag92


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

Most flights with 3x3 seating are under 5/6 hours, so if I have the window seat, I can usually hold off going to the bathroom for that long with no problems. However, I dislike the B747 for the very reason that it does have 3x4x3 seating, and on a 10 hour plus flight, it's just too much of a hassle to ask 2 people (or try to climb over them while they are sleeping) when you do need to go to the lav.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

Not a fan of 3X3 seating. Thankfully I never have been stuck in the middle seat. There's been a few occasions when I've had an entire row to myself, which isn't bad at all. On a short flight (2 hours or less), doesn't bother me too much, as I usually don't have to get up to go to the lav. But when it comes to a transcon, I've reached the point where I don't like sitting in coach on a narrowbody. I'll spend the extra  dollarsign  to buy/upgrade to First/Business on a transcon.

User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

I can't stand the window seat with 3-3 either. It's just too damn claustrophobic. But I'll deal with it.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 10):
So you wont ever fly a Boeing 777? Its probably worse.

777 is way better because you have a 1/3 better chance of not getting a window.



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineMdodd From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

Quoting Anetter123 (Reply 5):
The 3/3 doesn't bother me as long as I'm not in the middle. I love Embraer for this, eliminating that often despised middle seat.

The one time I got to fly on one, it was great!

Quoting Teo747 (Reply 3):
Doesn't bother me at all...I'll take a ride on a 3-3 737/757/319 any day over a 2-2 RJ. I don't feel stuck in the window seat when all I have to do is politely ask the people next to me to let me out. If they're sleeping, then let the airplane gymnastics begin!

I totally agree!!

I don't care about the arrangement, if I have my window seat and some food, I'll be fine!!


User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 10):
So you wont ever fly a Boeing 777? Its probably worse.

Nope...

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 13):
777 is way better because you have a 1/3 better chance of not getting a window.

 checkmark  And even if that wasn't the case, why would it be worse? The 777 has a roomier cabin and bigger windows; both of which would help in the event of claustrophobia.



If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
User currently offlineB777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Don't mind it so much during short-hauls, as it is often the only ones available.... but transcontinental, you're darn right that I'm going to avoid it like the plague! Sure, I pay more, but at least I reduce my chances of being stuck between two overweight people. It seems like there's an increasing trend for airlines to use the 757 for trips across the pond and i hate HATE HATE HATE it!! Did I mention I hated that? Big grin

User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 16):
but transcontinental

Let's look at something like EWR-SFO: 3x3 is currently unavoidable, same thing with EWR-LAX. There's still even a good chance of getting a 752 on JFK-LAX. I find this sort of a weird discussion. Arguing over 3x3x3 and 2x5x2 on the 777 has merit, but there are thousands of 737's and 319's in the world and 3x3 is the only option, so it's unavoidable.



If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
User currently offlineB777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Quoting Acey (Reply 17):
Let's look at something like EWR-SFO: 3x3 is currently unavoidable, same thing with EWR-LAX. There's still even a good chance of getting a 752 on JFK-LAX. I find this sort of a weird discussion. Arguing over 3x3x3 and 2x5x2 on the 777 has merit, but there are thousands of 737's and 319's in the world and 3x3 is the only option, so it's unavoidable.

My apologies... I meant INTERcontinental. Obviously, when there are no options, you're pretty much stuck. However, for me, for example, when I fly IAD-DEN or IAD-ORD.... I always pick the fligth with the 777 because i prefer the 2x5x2 configuration better than the 3x3 that comes with the 319/320.


User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 18):
INTERcontinental

Even that phrase refers to flights between continents. I think something like a "midcontinental" flight is the phrase to which you're referring.



If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2793 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

I'm fine with domestic flights around 3 hours, but if it's more than I'll try to get myself an aisle seat.

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