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Window Or Aisle On 10-hour Flight  
User currently offlineTranstar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12708 times:
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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.

What do you all think? What are the merits?

I need help deciding.

TranStar

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12709 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.  Wink

Harry



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12699 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.

Have a great flight!



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26525 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12692 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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User currently offlineTranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12688 times:
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Oh, and by the way, no PTVs.

The choice is window close to the little ceiling tvs or aisle in view of big screen.

Thanks

TranStar


User currently offlineBAxMAN From St. Helena, joined May 2004, 671 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12686 times:

Aisle seat as I regularly get air sick on a long flight so need quick access to the lavs   

[Edited 2005-07-15 03:45:43]


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User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12613 times:

Window always. It might be a pain when you want to go to the bathroom but no-one ever bothers you to move out of the way and you have a wall to lean against.

Not to mention the views.  Smile



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User currently offlineSampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12606 times:

I always choose an aisle seat next to a window on the ATL-GRU flights. You can get a little extra leg room and then a good view out when you want it.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12604 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.

User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12547 times:

Is this a round-trip....try window one way and aisle on the other


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User currently offlineTranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12479 times:
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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.

TranStar


User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12397 times:
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How much do you plan to drink? That may be a consideration.


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User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12377 times:

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 6):
Window always. It might be a pain when you want to go to the bathroom but no-one ever bothers you to move out of the way and you have a wall to lean against.

That's true... if you have an isle seat, you'll be getting up each time the 2 people next to you need the bathroom, while that wouldn't be an issue with a window seat... I'd go for the window.


User currently offlinePER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12318 times:

I always go for an aisle, especially long-haul. I rarely sleep on planes, so I like to have the ability to get in and out of my seat easily thoughout the entire flight.

I'd rather get up and down to allow other people to get in and out, rather than be stuck when I do need to get up.


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12310 times:

I'm a window-man.I refuse to fly if I don't get a window seat.  Wink


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User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12291 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.


User currently offlineKdeg00 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12279 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.

User currently onlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4967 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12268 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.

regards



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User currently offlineN587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12259 times:
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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  Smile But most importantly to SLEEP!!! Thats the one reason I always want a window seat lol

User currently offlineAussieindc From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12252 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.


User currently offlineCopenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12215 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

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12189 times:

Aisle......If its a longer journey.The Freedom to move around without having to request someone to move.
 Smile
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MEL



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User currently offlineGustyOrange From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12157 times:

I'd say window. I can't bear to miss the window seat on any flight, long or short haul.

One piece of advice, drink shorts (whisky/gin/vodke etc). If you are drinking beer or lager you will be up and down all flight.

Gusty


User currently offlineTranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11996 times:
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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?

That might be my deciding factor.

TranStar


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11992 times:

Quoting PER744 (Reply 13):
I always go for an aisle, especially long-haul. I rarely sleep on planes, so I like to have the ability to get in and out of my seat easily throughout the entire flight.

I'd rather get up and down to allow other people to get in and out, rather than be stuck when I do need to get up.

I have the exact same problem. Can't sleep, even on a 12 hour flight. So when flying alone I always go for the aisle-seet.



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25 Airtangora : On my DTW-NRT (744), well ahead of my departure (weeks) I went online and switched to the bulkhead window seat. Best of both worlds! I had view of lea
26 HighFlyer9790 : Window for me...I like having my little niche at a window. Even though I'll agree that during flight an aisle is more comfortable and more convinient,
27 TheSonntag : One word: WINDOW But it is true that it can be a pain if you have to pass two other people... I only did two longhaul flights and had window both time
28 N1120A : I never, ever close my shade unless I am getting sun blinded
29 Jdaniel001 : Go with the aisle...you won't have to bug people to get up.
30 Grimey : But then other people will bug you. I like the window seat but if it's a night flight then it's hard to get out when you have to wake someone up. Why
31 Post contains images SA006 : Make sure you piss before the flight and then take a window -SA006
32 PDXtriple7 : I'd go for the window! Much better view and windows are just better. On the other hand, might you spend most of the time flying over the Pacific Ocean
33 An225 : I have just returned yesterday from a trip to Rio de Janeiro, and had the opportunity to fly on the 747-400 both ways. The flight CDG-GIG was on one o
34 Warszawa : Definitely the Window. The Window is the best IFE in the daytime you can have regardless of what the airline offers. Hey, think of it this way: You ge
35 Aa777jr : I'd go with an aisle. Have done the window seat on ORD-LHR, MEM-AMS, LAX-NRT, and SFO-SYD. It really does get cold next to that window!!! If your in t
36 LipeGIG : Always window! Bad lucky, AF has changed the planes for CDG-GIG for new 744 with NEV concept and probably you get one day in which AF changed the plan
37 MKEdude : Got to go with the aisle. Granted my prefrence may have someting with my severe, unmedicated ADD, but the ocean is going to look the same in hour 9 as
38 Post contains links and images Jeffry747 : I always go for the window seat. I find that when I am on a plane, I am always staring out the window, thinking that if I don't, I might miss somethin
39 TranStar : To all: Thanks for the great advice and comments. I ultimately opted to change my seat to a window in a row with an empty middle seat. I will now cros
40 An225 : You are demn right - it was bad luck indeed! The cabin crew were also bad. I got bad treatment while on dinner (the F/A that had the bread basket yea
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