mt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 6 Posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11391 times:
I flew MIA-ORD last night in a brand new AA 737-800 with the Sky Interior, and while i liked the way the cabin looks, there was something odd about the height of of the windows in economy. The top of the windows seem to be at shoulder level. I am 5"8, and i have never had to bend down to look out, in any plane
As a reference, i had just transferred from a "regular" AA 737-800 (in business class), and the windows seemed fine there..
Are the windows really lower? or was the 2.5hr connection nightmare that is using MIA messed up my head?
eaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11319 times:
They can't change the window height as it is how the actual aircraft is designed and not just the interior. However most windows are rather low and this may simply be the first time you have noticed it.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9661 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10930 times:
Quoting mt99 (Reply 4): Yes, you described it much better.. maybe the floor is higher up. If its really the case, its really annoying..
Actually the floor is the same height and the window is the same height. AA also uses the same Weber seat on its recently delivered 737NGs with sky interior as they had with the bigger bins style planes, which had been in planes delivered since the resumption of deliveries 2009. However the older 737s have Recaro seats which may be part of the difference.
Also the window sculpting is different, however that does not affect the actual window, but the panel around it. It might be an optical illusion. In general 737 windows require you to bend down if you want to see parallel to the airplane. They are designed so that you can look down at the ground and not at the horizon or sky so that sun does not enter the cabin at eye level.
Quoting mt99 (Reply 4):
Also the white LED lightning makes the plane feel like you are in a refrigerator..
Is that because of the blue light?
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
You are totally right. This summer I've flown MIA-TPA-MIA, both legs on 738. The first flight was operated by one of the older 738s in AA's fleet (2001) and the seat was noticeably lower than in the brand new 738 on my return flight.
They certainly seem so. It's kind of like a CRJ, though not to the same extent.
I also noticed that the seat pitch seems to have shrunk, and is now unbearably tight (at least for someone of my height, and I'm 6'1). Only up in the front of economy (I was sitting in row 10), though. Further back (somewhere behind the wing) it was better. I don't get that one.
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sptv From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10661 times:
interesting -- I flew IN to MIA last night from PUJ on an AA 738 with Sky interior. Wonder if it was the same plane. We parked somewhere around gate D31. It was very nice. Flew out (MIA-LAX) on a 757, which was horrible. I will actively avoid AA's 757s from now on until they get an interior upgrade.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25452 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10580 times:
Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 6): In general 737 windows require you to bend down if you want to see parallel to the airplane. They are designed so that you can look down at the ground and not at the horizon or sky so that sun does not enter the cabin at eye level.
I much prefer the 737 windows to those on the A320 family which are both smaller and (in my opinion) mounted too high on the fuselage. Most people who like window seats want to look down at the ground, not up, and the 737 (and all other Boeing narrowbodies) make this much easier. Obviously it also depends on your height, but in my opinion Boeing got it right when they designed the 707 and successors and I'm glad they haven't changed the window size or placement since.
I also always thought the L-1011 windows were mounted slightly too high on the fuselage, and of course the L-1011 windows were much smaller (about 30% I believe) than the large windows on the DC-10 which were also mounted lower and provided an excellent view (as on the MD-11).
n7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1735 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10550 times:
I have not been on a Sky Interior 737 yet but...there are no structural changes to the aircraft. It is purely an illusion. In fact Boeing is delivering standard interior 737's alongside Sky Interior 737's. Windows are cut the same on the frame.
aacun From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9335 times:
Quoting mt99 (Reply 18): No, not the blue light.. the white light that was on right before take off and a bit before landing.. It has super high color temperature
That is actually the inflight meal/beverage light setting IIRC. I have only worked the airplane once. I think the blue setting is the take off/landing setting. I found it sort of odd as well, so we went ahead and kept the blue light setting during flight. Found it more soothing. have only worked it once, so my memory might be playing tricks on me.
SLCGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 5865 times:
There is no difference in window height on any 737 model, probably seat height or an illusion. Only jet that has really too low windows is the CRJ2, thankfully they did a major fuselage change with floor and window height on the CRJ7/9. Great view on them except when airlines go 2 class seating, then the seats and windows in Y class don't line up real well.