Transtar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 15702 times:
I am flying a 747-400 on SFO-NRT route. I have choice of window or aisle seat. Which one?
I never know what to choose in these situations. I love watching landings and take-offs. However, I also know that Westbound on Pacific routes, window shades will be drawn, so view out will be limited.
Plus, flight is pretty full, so I am likely to have two people next to me, making getting up difficult.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 15705 times:
For those long haul flights longer than six or so hours, I always go for the aisle. The small takeoff and landing times relative to the rest of the flight aren't worth the discomfort of being squished in to the window. But that's just my opinion.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7744 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 15697 times:
Window seat for me. I get very dissapointed if I don't get a window seat in any airplane. But of course, in a 747, it's a real pain in the ass if you need to go to the washroom, because it's "excuse me" twice when you have to get up and again when you come back. And if you're seat partners are sleeping, then you're really screwed.
I'd go for the window seat, but that's just my humble preference.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27702 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 15690 times:
Well, here is the pro and con. The 744 has 3 seats on the windows, which means 2 people to climb over to use the restroom, stretch, etc. That sucks. But it is MUCH easier to sleep on the window as you can lean against the wall. Also, you can look out at the water, clouds, etc. It is up to you. I am all about the window.
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13470 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 15600 times:
If in coach, choose the aisle if possible. During most flights, especially over many area of the world, you see little or only open sea, or your above the clouds, or the shades are closed for IFE. Aisles are better when on full flights. Personally, I prefer an aisle on almost all flights, especially if fuller flights. I really don't mind getting out of someone's way but hate to climb over others. Best hope for a light load flight, so get a whole section to lay out on, or have an adjacent seat for your things, more room under the seat or the above seat storage.
TranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 15473 times:
unfortunately, my options on return are limited. Right now I have a middle seat (dear god no!). I must then hope uprgrades will free up some aisle or window seats.
In many ways, I would prefer a window on the return flights (NRT-ORD), which would be overnight. Then I could keep the window open virtually all the time becuase sunset is quick and the film screen wouldn't be whited out by the sun.
Going SFO-NRT it is a day flight and they make you pull the shades right after the meal.
N317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15285 times:
Quoting AR1300 (Reply 14): I'm a window-man.I refuse to fly if I don't get a window seat.
I have yet to fly in an aisle or middle seat. I can't see any reason why on would like the aisle. Unless they have a small bladder. But I'm glad some like it or don't care, so the window seat will be there.
Kdeg00 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15273 times:
I'll cast my vote for window too. Place to lean so you can actually sleep! And if you time the bathroom breaks right, no worries on the stepping over. This is one of the reasons I like the 340s; window, quiet and fewer people to step over.
EZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4973 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15262 times:
If you are the type of person that will be able to sleep for a few of those hours, then go for window, if you are like me, who won't ever be able to sleep, go for the aisle. I always get an aisle seat on 6+ hour flights.It's a shame to miss departure and landing, but I have the option of walking around the cabin to strech my legs without disturbing anyone who might be sleeping.
N587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15253 times:
I agree with the window, I always like something to lean against to sleep. And of course love to see the take off and landing But most importantly to SLEEP!!! Thats the one reason I always want a window seat lol
Aussieindc From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15246 times:
I believe it comes down to personal preference. You have already mentioned that it's a flight with no personal IFE. If you can't sleep on flights like me, I would recommend the aisle on the side of the a/c. That way, you may have the chance of watching either screen if you are far enough forward.
If you can sleep or can get a little sleep, then go for the window. That way you can look out the window until your heart's content and get some shuteye for the remainder of the time.
Copenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 599 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 15209 times:
Aisle on the side of the plane is what I normally ask for. When I am not sleeping I always walk around every hour. It is easy to get something from your luggage if you forgot it when seated. It is easy to go the lav. Well I am always drinking a lot, Bloody Mary for start, wine for the food, then brandy for the coffee, wine again to relax and a lot of water. What I hate most is to be stucked in the middle seat. That is why I love the A330/340's and B767
TranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 14990 times:
I still just can't decide.
I love 747s and will regret not seeing the flaps and such. However, I also go the bathroom rather frequently on flights because of dehydration. My strategy on European flights is to drink a lot less. However, with 10 hours and free liquor and the walk around water/juice service, I know I will be tempted to drink more (both non and alcoholic). Plus, ten hours is long-time to sit basically motionless.
Last time I flew this route, the plane was half full and I had a window with the middle seat next to me. The aisle seat guy got up constantly and was almost never there. This time, the flight is virtually full (a few window seats left) and if I have a window I will definitely have two seat companions. That I haven't done on a transpacific 747 flight.
Of course, I could always potentially look out the door window when I get up and down for restroom and drink break.
Does anyone know if United flight attendants typically pull the shades of these door windows during day flights for IFE purposes?