American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4768 times:
If you sit on 28F or 28A you might still see the cowling of the engine, but I wouldn't take a seat any closer to the front for an engine view on the MD-80. I was going to say: look for a window on the last two rows of the plane. You must be on flight 1706, all others are 738s. Have a nice trip.
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4755 times:
Stick with 29F or go to row 28F if you can. I recall that 30F is actually blocked by the engine nacelle and there are no windows at row 31 and 32.
As LAXintl pointed out, it is noisy back there, but you have a short segment so you'll enjoy the Pratt and Whitney whine and grind for about 45 minutes.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4587 times:
The torture is only during take off, when the engines are at full power. Once the pilot reduces power upon reaching cruising altitude, or even during climb after take off, the cabin noise decreases. Upon reaching cruising altitude the torture will definitely be over for the rest of the flight, if noise is your concern. A few months ago I flew on an MD-88 from LGA to FLL and I was seated in row 24, it wasn't noisy even during take off.
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2): I'd take any seat as far forward as possible to avoid the numbing noise in the back of the cabin.
Yes me too. But if I have to take a seat on row 29 or 30 on a Super 80 because I don't have the choice, it's not a problem. Of course that wouldn't be my first choice.
SASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 612 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4573 times:
I always opt to sit 3 or 4 rows in front of the engines. Usually I prefer seat 27a (with the galley in the back). You have the astonishing spool up sound of the P&W engines while the sound at cruising altitude is much lower.
e38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 272 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4471 times:
cgagn, seats 28F, 29F, or 30F should be OK for a view of the engine on an American MD-80.
If you are already assigned 29F, I think you will have an enjoyable flight. You will also have a great view of the flaps, ailerons, and spoilers on the wing, as well as an unobstructed view of the ground.