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User currently offlineTobseren From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14136 times:

Hi everyone.

I tried to search it, but couldn't find anything, but here it is:

I'm going to BOJ this summer flying with SK on an MD-80 and i have the opportunity to buy a specific seat on the SAS Charter website, but it will be my first time ever to fly on a MD-80 and I'm really looking forward to it, but, where is the best seats aboard the plane, if I'm sitting in the left row where there only is 2 seats, i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works, but is that a really bad seat or? If there are, which specific seat number does it have to be?

Thanks in advance  Smile

Tobseren


Flown on: A300, A320, A321, ATR42, ATR72, B733, B738, E170, MD82, Saab 340
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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3328 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14142 times:

MD-80 is quite easy

In the front: Quiet
In the rear: Noisy


User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 947 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14132 times:

try www.seatguru.com which has airline and aircraft specific seating charts with comments.

[Edited 2009-04-30 10:27:00]

User currently offlineTobseren From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14132 times:



Quoting Someone83 (Reply 1):

oh okay  Smile well that makes i a little bit easier, but i was hoping to hear some suggestions...



Flown on: A300, A320, A321, ATR42, ATR72, B733, B738, E170, MD82, Saab 340
User currently offlineTobseren From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14104 times:



Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 2):

oh thank you  Smile i could only find the MD-83 on Allegiant, but it is almost the same  Smile



Flown on: A300, A320, A321, ATR42, ATR72, B733, B738, E170, MD82, Saab 340
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14087 times:



Quoting Tobseren (Thread starter):
i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works, but is that a really bad seat or?

Other than maybe seeing the fan section in front go 'round and 'round, there's really not much to see as far as how the engines work. If you enjoy a higher noise level, the last 4-5 rows are best, with the rearmost row being the noisiest. As much as I love the sound of JT8Ds, I like them better from the outside of the aircraft. If I get a choice, I always try to sit anywhere forward of the wings.


User currently offlineTobseren From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14068 times:



Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):

well okay  Smile just checked seatguru and the seats from row 18 and up seams to be the best, so i will try to get one of those. thank you for the advices  Wink



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User currently onlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 14028 times:

Quoting Tobseren (Reply 3):
oh okay Smile well that makes i a little bit easier, but i was hoping to hear some suggestions...

Left in coach is definitely the best side and anything in front of the wings is OK, the further up you go the quieter it gets. Over the wings the exit row seats 20 & 21 are good if you need leg room but only 21 reclines (usually). I wouldn't go any farther back than that. If you need power ports then check out Seatguru as has been suggested to see where they are.

Tugg

[Edited 2009-04-30 10:59:17]


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User currently offlineAA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1232 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13926 times:



Quoting Tobseren (Thread starter):
, i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works,

Yeah, you won't get to see the engine *working* really. I have flown on more than my fair share of MD-80s. Sit forward....very far forward. I was once relegated to one of the last few rows and the perpetual noise and vibration was wnough to justify the purchase of a $300 pair of bose noise canceling headphones. Never again...



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24906 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13884 times:



Quoting AA777223 (Reply 8):
Quoting Tobseren (Thread starter):
, i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works,

Yeah, you won't get to see the engine *working* really. I have flown on more than my fair share of MD-80s. Sit forward....very far forward. I was once relegated to one of the last few rows and the perpetual noise and vibration was wnough to justify the purchase of a $300 pair of bose noise canceling headphones. Never again...

I would also be worried about something like this happening, the DL MD-88 that had an uncontained engine failure at Pensacola, FL in 1996. Two passengers next to the engine were killed.



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13881 times:

The very best seats would be 1AB or 1EF!

If you are not able to do a First Class, then I'd select the bulkhead of coach, most likely 5AB. Nice and quiet with the famous MD8X hummmmm, love that sound.

As OPNLguy guy says, stay up front of the wing if ya can, enjoy the sound outside the airplane of the JT8-D's.



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User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13821 times:

If this is your first flight on an MD-80 and youre flying round trip, I would try both, here are some videos that will give you an idea.

Up front:
http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra...giant_Air_Aviation_Video-9092.html

Next to the Engines:
http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-5097.html

I like listening to those engines so I usually seat on the back (row 29), unless it is a longish flight.


User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13780 times:

On the MD80 for a good wingview and good engine noise, I prefer a window from row 24 to 28 on the American Airlines seating configuration. I'll leave it to you to translate where that is in comparison with your airline. On AA, behind row 30 the window is blocked by the engine, so don't go too far!

User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 864 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13773 times:

I prefer quiet, so when flying in coach I try to sit as close to the front as possible. The front of the MD80 is basically as quiet as you can get, much quieter than most, if not all, other Boeings and Airbii which have the engines under the wings.


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User currently offlineAcabgd From Serbia, joined Jul 2005, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 13767 times:



Quoting Soxfan (Reply 13):
The front of the MD80 is basically as quiet as you can get, much quieter than most, if not all, other Boeings and Airbii which have the engines under the wings.

Very true. I've also been on my share of DC-9, MD-8x and B717 flights and it's almost incredible how quiet the front of the plane is.

The only thing that could compete was the B727-200. Even though it has three engines, it's also quite long with the engines all the way at the back so it was really quiet.



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24906 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 13766 times:



Quoting Acabgd (Reply 14):
The only thing that could compete was the B727-200. Even though it has three engines, it's also quite long with the engines all the way at the back so it was really quiet.

I always found the front of the 727 slightly quieter than the DC-9/MD-80. In both cases engine noise is almost non-existent but the 727 seemed to have somewhat less aerodynamic noise, which accounts for most of the noise on all jet aircraft at cruising altitudes.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19416 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 13712 times:



Quoting Acabgd (Reply 14):

Very true. I've also been on my share of DC-9, MD-8x and B717 flights and it's almost incredible how quiet the front of the plane is.

I really like sitting up front. It's not that I'm opposed to engine noise, but this is one of the few remaining planes where there is a place where you simply can't hear the engines.

It's strange and a bit eerie to feel the plane accelerate and take off and never feel or hear the engines. It's sort of like being pushed by an invisible hand.

Also, the DC-9 series really needed some engine syncronizers installed. If you're at the rear and there's the slightest mismatch in engine RPM, you spend the whole flight with: "WWWWAAAAAwwaaaaaWWWWWAAAAwwaaaaWWAAAAwwaaa!"


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13544 times:

To answer your question directly, get as far forward in the section of 2 (at most airlines that's the left side) possible. If you like to see the wings work, the overwing exits or any seat over the wings is good. The further back you go the louder it is, but is pretty quiet anywhere at or forward of the wings.

When I personally travel on an MD-80 (which is often) I try for an exit aisle seat, barring that, for an aisle seat as far forward as possible.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):
I would also be worried about something like this happening, the DL MD-88 that had an uncontained engine failure at Pensacola, FL in 1996.

Yes, because that's such a common problem...

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 15):
I always found the front of the 727 slightly quieter than the DC-9/MD-80.

Certainly in the cockpit it isn't, and I don't believe for a minute that it is in front part of the passenger compartment either.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):
Also, the DC-9 series really needed some engine syncronizers installed. If you're at the rear and there's the slightest mismatch in engine RPM, you spend the whole flight with: "WWWWAAAAAwwaaaaaWWWWWAAAAwwaaaaWWAAAAwwaaa!"

Many late model DC-9's and most if not all MD-80 aircraft have engine synchronization. They default to EPR synch with autothrottles on, but N1 and N2 are selectable as well. The normal inflight mode is N1 synch, as the fans are more likely to cause the phase problem you are describing. The system on the DC-9 is more primitive and requires a bit more throttle manipulation. The MD-90 is different (and better) still.


User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3278 posts, RR: 45
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13541 times:

Hello,

First off, enjoy your trip on the MD-80. It's a true workhorse!

As far as seats go, when I'm not in F, I always go for either the overwing exit rows (20 & 21 on AA), or the right behind the wing (rows 24 & 25), and I go for the A,B side, since it's one less seat to climb over if I need to get out.

Again, enjoy!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13540 times:

I always go for the two seat side. If it's a short hop (500 miles or so), I'll normally go for as close to the front as possible. If it's a longer hop and I'm stuck in coach, I go for the exit row.

User currently offlineAviationnut12 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13530 times:

I love the sound of the JT8D's, and being a Delta flyer for the most part I usually try to score 30E or 31E on the 2 side. It's right behind the wing so you get a nice view of the flaps and some engine noise but not too much in my opinion. If you want quiet, than go for the front.


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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 13514 times:

I like the exit rows on the MD-80. Not too loud, but you can definitely hear the engines better than right up front, and lots of legroom.

The front of the MD-80 and 727 may be quiet up front as far as engine noise goes but there's definitely some Boeing and Airbus widebodies that have less airframe noise at speed.



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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 13485 times:
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I find the front of the MD-80’s to be noisy, not from the engines, but from the air stream at cruise speeds, loud enough that I use my noise canceling headphones to blank out some of the noise.

My preference is the emergency exit rows, plenty of legroom and when I travel with my wife, we try to get the 2 side so we have the row to ourselves. The noise there is a little louder at these seats, both from the air stream as in the front, and from the engines, because these seats are closer to the rear. Again I just use my noise canceling headsets and my IPod to reduce the effects from the noise.

Noise canceling headphones, the best thing I ever found for airline flying.

JetStar


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