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Swissair 3-4-2 MD11 Config?  
User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3594 times:

I was booking a flight on Swissair on the ATL-ZUR MD11 flight, and when the seat map popped up, I realized the plane had a 3-4-2 config. Is this correct? If it is, it's a pretty good solution to the double-excuse problem. Only one seat is more than 2 away from the aisle, and it's a window seat.

Can anyone confirm this for me?

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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3564 times:

The MD-11 of SR have indeed a 3-4-2 seat config in economy class. This is very comfortable. At check in, many groups can be placed according to its number of pax, i.e. family with one child will be seated on the left 3-seat bank.


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User currently offlinePSAHO88 From Italy, joined Sep 2000, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3557 times:

That's a good configuration. Even Alitalia has adopted it fot their MD11s.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5587 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3553 times:

I think it is best configuration for airliners like the MD 11 and 777. Far better than 2-5-2 or 3-3-3.

User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5357 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3541 times:

I agree with all of you but my question is why don't more airlines use it?

I heard 2 resons:

A) Safety reasons when the plane is in high density configuration.

B) Weight distribution reasons.

I find both weird. Can anyone confirm one of these reasons?

Jeremiah Teahan

Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3522 times:

I would find the weight distribution factor quite odd. Passenger and seat weight is not a major part of the planes weight. Fuel by far weighs te most, with cargo usually second.
As for safety, the only thing I could reason with that is that in an evaquation one aisle wold get 5 seats worth per row and the other 4, whilst in 2-5-2 and 3-3-3 configs it would be evenly distribted, with, on average, 4.5 people per row in an aisle. But 5 on one aisle should not be a problem: look a 747s, or even MD11s in a 3-4-3 config.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3513 times:

I dont think that weight-distribution plays a role. When the 747s were first delivered, all airlines opted for a 3-4-2 configurations in Y class. This was only changed in the late 1970s to the now-prevalent 3-4-3 config.

User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3513 times:

Well since the coach area is separated into different parts, have the first area be 3-4-2, then the second 2-4-3 and so on..... or maybe its not that easy  . Do any of you know of a 777 with this config?

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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4591 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

When you pick your seat for your flight, these are by far the best seats is SR MD11s:

21A and 21C
17A, 17C, 17H and 17K
18D and 18G

User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

All of those except row 17 are blocked off as exit row seating that can only be given away by the checkin agents. Is row 17 bulkhead? how much legroom? TV viewable? How's 17B (I know it a midle seat, but is there enough bulkhead to no do an "excuse"? Also, how are the back seats, like 38/39 ABHK? I'm asking these because on the departure flight none of the seats you mentined are available. does swissair post more accurate seat maps somewhere on their website?


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