homsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1343 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3456 times:
Yesterday I flew on a United Express/Shuttle America E170, in seat 9A. I noticed that the windows were spaced just right to have one window per row. Yet, at least in the rows around me, none of the window seats actually lined up with the windows. Instead, you either had to lean really far forward, or turn around and look behind you to see out the window.
My question is, what's the deal with that? It seems that moving everything a few inches one way or the other and things would line up perfectly.
apodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4448 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3404 times:
Well, the problem with the E170 is the windows are lined up perfectly if the airplane is an all coach configuration. The problem with UA is you have both an F cabin and a Y+ cabin. Because the legroom on these is more than standard coach, which the windows were originally designed for, the windows are not going to be perfectly lined up with the rows of seats. This is also an issue on the CRJ-700s in the United Express fleets, and it may be an issue on the DL connection planes as well. It is not an issue on US Express planes since all US Express planes are only Y seating for the entire plane.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28152 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
Quoting ikramerica (Reply 2): Yep. If you design an aircraft for 32" pitch, and put one window per row, bad things happen when customers customize their interiors. How dare UA offer more legroom and an F cabin!
Embraer should have used the same window layout as Boeing and Airbus, with more (and slightly smaller) windows spaced 20 inches apart. That permits almost any seating layout with each row still having at least one (sometimes two) windows.
The Embraer problem mentioned was also a problem in Y class on DC-8s where some rows lacked a window due to the large windows spaced about 40 inches apart while seat pitch was typically 34 inches. Boeing didn't make that mistake with the 707 and all subsequent designs.