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2-5-2/3-3-3 Configuration In 777's! Whats Ya Fave?  
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2823 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5022 times:

I have flown on United/Continental and American Airlines 777's and have expeirianced both types of config! Personnally i prefer the 3-3-3 seating plan as i think it gives you much more freedom if you are stuck in the middle row, however if there are 2 of us travelling i prefer the 2-5-2 config as we can both get an aisle/window seat!!!

What do you guys prefer and why???

Chris


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User currently offlineNonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

For my first 777 trip last week, 3 seats on the outside. I was able to
wangle a row to myself EGKK-KIAH on Sunday. It was great to lay
almost flat and sleep across the pond. Could not do that with two
seats on the outside.



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User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4945 times:

As a rule of thumb, I always say no to the middle seat. That being said, I liked DL's 2x5x2 configuration over 3x3x3. Big grin


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User currently offlineUniTED From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

The 2-5-2 configuration is way better! On United's international 777s at least, the economy cabin needs to be 93% full before they need to use the "E" seats. It is also more pleasant when travelling in pairs to have 2 seats, and not have some drooling stranger between you two.(or around one of you) Once I was flying a UA 757 flight from ORD to LAS and it was miserable! I was between two Chinese people who kept leaning over me and talking loudly to each other. I offered for them to sit together, but they did not want to! Let me tell you, it was completely miserable! Probably the only flight I ever wanted to end!

Cheers,
Chris



The opinions expressed here are mine and not necessarily those of Delta Air Lines.
User currently offlineFlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4890 times:

Depends on where your seat is. If in one of the two outer seats on 2x5x2 then its better. If you get the middle seat of 5 then you'll be wishing it were 3x3x3

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4810 times:

2-5-2 It makes me feel like Im really on a widebody.


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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4785 times:

2-5-2 honestly speaking as long as I am not sitting in the middle, that's pretty alright. I always choose the window seat.


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User currently offlineAhsanf28 From Bangladesh, joined Mar 2002, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4745 times:

Absolutely agree with FlyLondon. It all depends on where your seat is. I have always felt pity for the passenger seating in the middle seat of a 2-5-2 config with two passengers seating on his/her each side. From his/her point of view 3-3-3 is of course better. But when travelling in pair or have a window or aisle seat in the side of a 2-5-2 configuration then you can't help thinking "this is the best configuration."

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User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

I perfer a 2-4-3 seating arrangement...

User currently offlineKLM11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Since I travel alone I prefer the 2-5-2.

--KLM11



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User currently offlineMAS A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4647 times:

i like 2-3-2 in BUsiness  Big thumbs up



User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

I prefer to fly on the 767 and get 2-3-2 seating giving a whopping 4 beautiful aisle seats

User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4614 times:
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Don't forget, some airlines have 3-4-3 seating on their B772s! Pretty tight I must say!

I prefer 3-3-3 because it is more spread out. 2-5-2 is good for the window seat, but imagine how bad it would be sitting right smack in the middle of the 2-5-2 seating!


User currently offlineBoingGoingGone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

How about a 2-4-2 with some wider seats. I'm a stick and the current seats are uncomfortable. Couldn't imagine if I put on a couple.

User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

EK and TG have 3-4-3 seating configuration on the 777s , which other 777 operator also has this configuration?


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User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2969 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4509 times:

I prefer the 2-5-2 layout. I don't like to have two people next to me on a long-haul flight when I am at the window. That is why I'd also prefer ANY Airbus and the 767 over a 747.


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User currently offlineMetropolitan From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4509 times:

According to TG's own seat map they only have 3-4-3 on the 777-200 including 2-4-2 in business class so I'd guess that it is mainly used on short haul routes.

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3762 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

2-2-2-2

But nobody does that in Economy, yet AFAIK.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8468 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4443 times:
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Only flown 777 twice, American LHR-ORD-LHR and it was 2-5-2, I think if the load is light then this config is okay, but I'd hate being stuck in the middle of 5 on a full flight, on the return leg I had 5 to myself which was great.

What's with paying $4 or 3 GBP for a beer though??? Too used to free drinks on the routes to and from JNB I guess....



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User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3762 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4437 times:

First Alcoholic drink on AA should be free, then charge for it.

User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1234 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4388 times:

Since I tend to travel along or with one other person and always book early and reserve my seat in advance then a 2-5-2 without a doubt. I used to be a fan of the 3-3-3 but travelling alone on a crowded plane with a window seat climbing over two people during a night flight when they are asleep. Terrible.

The best would be a 2-4-3 arrangement which caters for most party sizes and would keep the most people happy. Finnair I think it is has a similar config on their MD-11, so why does nobody give it a go on the 777 - is it just because it looks too messy???



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User currently offlineUnited4ever From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4287 times:

I prefer the 2-5-2 layout, but I can see both have their advantages. A plane on 3-3-3 can be a little fuller before the airline has to start sitting strangers next to each other, while the window seat on 2-5-2 is less cramped.

On the 2-5-2 layout only the 'E' seats are 'double excuse me' seats where on the 3-3-3 it is the A and J seats. Coupled with the two directions from an E-seat this theoretically means about 1/4 as many passengers need to be disturbed when the occupants of these seats need to take a dump or whatever (in E row one can alternate sides).

Just my 2p.

Mike

[Edited 2004-02-19 16:53:06]

User currently offlineStefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4262 times:

I loved the LH DC 10-configuration 2-5-2. But wasn't nice to have the middle-seat in the middle  Wink/being sarcastic
EK's seat configuration 3-4-3 is also cool: EK has a great image and it seams that the 10th seat doesn't care anybody.


User currently offlineStefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

I loved the LH DC 10-configuration 2-5-2. But wasn't nice to have the middle-seat in the middle  Wink/being sarcastic
EK's seat configuration 3-4-3 is also cool: EK has a great image and it seams that the 10th seat doesn't care anybody.


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2104 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

Andz, Fly BA then the drink is still free!

Personally prefer 3-3-3, but as UniTED said flight needs to be 93% full before the E seat is used on 2-5-2. Having suffered that E seat LHR-ORD I hate it!

Can't find the thread but sure there was one a couple of weeks back about United having 3-4-2 on some 777s. New layout coming?



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25 VC10BOAC : 1-2-1 on 777 first class gets my vote!
26 Post contains images RIX : 2-5-2. Agree that 2-4-3 would be better. But 2-4-2 in BA WTP+ was the best...
27 Motorhussy : Yeah NZ (Air New Zealand) used to have the 2-4-3 configuration on its old DC-10-30's. Great for the travelling public who'd have the best seating opti
28 MD-90 : 2-4-3 all the way, baby. Although actually 2-4-2 and 2-3-2 is even better! I've never had to sit in the middle of a 5-abreast, but my mother did on a
29 AApilot2b : I always prefer 2-5-2.
30 Aerorobnz : Do any airlines have 2-4-3 on a 777?? I've only flown 3-4-3 on EK 773s. It was pretty good I thought, but am looking forward to SQ 772s to compare.
31 QF744 : one of the chinese carriers has a 3-4-3 configuration - must be China Eastern?
32 Je89_w : Delta and another American airline have 2-4-3. Either CO, UA, or AA. I forgot. A similar topic was posted on another thread in the past.
33 Copenhagenboy : To be honest I think both configurations are terrible, that is why I don't like the 747 as well, I will always prefer the 767 or the A330/A340 family.
34 FunFlyer : 2-5-2, in coach gets my vote, especially if your in the 3rd seat in the middle of the middle in between 2 massive people who seep onto your personal s
35 Antipodean : we have 3-3-3 on BA, which seems to work well. the 2-5-2 config on Malaysian reminds me of the tristars I used to work on with the awful E seat in the
36 FunFlyer : Another thing, why exactly do they have 1-2-1 in F class? Why not 2-1-2 or 1-2-2, it just seems better if your traveling with someone, and you want a
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