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Y Seats On AC And LH Long Haul  
User currently offlinegfly From Poland, joined Feb 2010, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6587 times:

Traveling WAW/BOS via LHR (LO), YHZ (AC) and BOS/WAW via MUC (LH)
stuck with cattle car class, quite tall and suffer from rls, so I try to break up the trip into segments that are bearable. Seats on AC preselected - LH available on checkin only, evidently though, pitch varies according to the fare basis. For me there is a big difference in 32" and 31" pitch seats. Either way how does one find the seat map for the LHR/YHZ flight 861 (767-300) as AC operates three or more configurations for this aircraft. Is it possible to upgrade to a bigger pitch seat upon check in for the connecting flight? I take this trip every year or so, and used to love it, but at some point a few years back the yield gurus discovered they could get rather creative with Y seating (seems to be true regardless of the carrier though some do have nicer colour schemes on board) I end up cursing by the time the flight ends. Not much of a drinker but maybe I should start? Any better ideas for future ticketing?

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User currently offlineBartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 793 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6536 times:

Good luck trying to figure out which seats have 31" pitch and which have 32" pitch on AC longhaul aircraft. I booked YUL-FRA last month on the A333 and got different answers from Air Canada's website, their phone Customer Service, and seatguru.com. For example:


This shows that rows 36-41 have 32" seat pitch but somehow this is more than seats more forward in the cabin like in rows 26-29? I wanted to confirm this with Air Canada so I called their customer service and the lady (who was a bit short with me) said "no, this is not possible. the seats towards the back of the plane have less legroom."

So, I feel your pain. I'm 6'4" (pretty tall) and trying to get the best seat with Air Canada has been a real pain.

I'm also flying LH's A346 FRA-DEN on the way home and curious about their seats, too, so if you find out anything good please let me know. I'll do the same for you.


Denver, CO

User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6501 times:

I have flown YUL-FRA on AC's A333 and FRA-DEN on LH's A346.

I am 5'7'' and I found the seats on the LH A346 bearable, but barely so. I would not want to be tall. The guy seated behind me on the LH flight to DEN was tall, and he had to distort himself to fit into the seats. I could not recline my seat because even in the upright position his feet touched the back of my seat.

As for AC's A333, I was initially seated in 45H (if I remember correctly). This is where the fuselage starts to narrow and because the row of seats follows the curvature of the fuselage seat 45H has less legroom than 45K (window seat). I could barely sit down but not move my feet at all. I requested another seat and was able to be reseated in the last center row of economy (50G) where the legroom is much more generous.

From what I could see the legroom throughout the A333 was variable, with some seats, in particular in the middle row towards the front, having much more legroom than seats in the window rows. So be careful where you choose to sit.

If you are very tall I would suggest trying to get seats with extra legroom (exit rows?). Otherwise it will be very cramped.

Good luck!

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