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Which Seat For Engine View On AA MD80  
User currently offlinecgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7686 times:

Hey All,

I'm flying LAX-LAS on an AA MD-80 and I was wondering which seat is the best for a nice view back towards the engine. I'm in 29F now. I've included a view I'm hoping to get. Thanks!

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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4500 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7337 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.

Ben Soriano

Ben Soriano
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27659 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 7331 times:

You just enjoy torturing yourself.

I'd take any seat as far forward as possible to avoid the numbing noise in the back of the cabin.

From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7324 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.

watch what you want. you may get it.
User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4500 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7156 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.

[Edited 2011-10-01 11:56:24]

Ben Soriano
User currently offlineSASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 798 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7142 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.

User currently offlinemhkansan From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 775 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7084 times:

Wrong thread. Mods please delete.

[Edited 2011-10-02 20:27:57]

User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7040 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.


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