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Is This A One Off Seating Config?  
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1703 times:


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Pic of a Southwest B737 with fwd and aft facing seats at overwing exit. Is this throughout Southwest's fleet? Are there any other airlines with this config? Is it only at overwing exits?

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User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

This configuration is slowly being phased out of Southwest's fleet. They have the rear-facing "lounge seats" at the overwings as well as row 1.

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

I've seen the same configuration in the first row of various ATRs and Dash 8s (where the emergency exits are located). As for Southwest, I've seen it aboard a 732, but I'm not sure if they also have it on their 73Gs. It's ridiculous! Okay, it might save some centimeters in the exit row and thus allow them to install some additional seats.
However, I would not like to fly on one of those "aft facing seats", nor would I like to sit on one of the "fwd facing seat" face to face with the aft-seat-passenger.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Its a very safe way to sit.

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

Yet the rear facing seats were rather popular, allowing a group to hold an inflight "meeting" prior to arriving at their destination. FWIW Ndebele - SWA 737's have fewer seats than other airlines 737's.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

Apparently.. Alot of fatalities would be avoided if seats faced backwards, but passengers often do not like that idea (would feel quite odd on t/o and landing Big grin).

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineWhisperingiant From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

On the Airspeed Elizabethan a/c of the 1950s, the high-wing layout with underwing emergency exits rather dictated the cabin layout.

The direction the seats faced each other reversed at the place the central spar crossed through the cabin ceiling!

RAF VC-10 transports always had all-rear-facing seats for the reason highlighted by EGGD.

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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1964 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Mohawk had a similar seating arrangement in its BAC-111s. I also have faint recollections of facing seats, separated by a table that folded up, on a DH Comet (Olympic or BEA) - can anyone verify the latter?


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User currently offlineBasteward From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Hey, BA new Club World config has half rear facing seats and is pummeling the competition, yay! Pax dont notice any difference except on take off and landing. Anyway its about time they knew what hanging out of a rear facing seat on take off feels like, then they know what we cabin crew go through every day!! Should introduce self service meals to add the finishing touch!!

User currently offlineGnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

As a follow-up to Ndebele's post, Southwest's 73Gs do not have rear-facing seats.

User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1645 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

I remember this WN seating config. from the late '70s and early '80s. I don't know if it is still around but, if the flight was lightly loaded, it was great to be able to put your feet up on the rear-facing seat in front of you like it was a flying recliner.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

True re-the RAF VC-10's. I remember reading somewhere that should an entire pax plane be fitted with rear facing seats the cabin floor must be stressed for integrity in case of an emergency landing. The is because the rear of the seat, and hence the floor supporting it, will now take the full brunt of the body weight. This means adding weight to the aircraft and reducing the capacity. So plans were shelved.

User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

This seating arrangement still exist on most of Southwest's fleet. When Southwest introduced the 737-700's into the fleet, they were the first new planes without this seating. As the old planes are being refurbished and getting the new interiors, they are eliminating this "lounge" seating. As some one else mentioned, these lounges are located at the very front of the plane and at mid cabin where the emergency exits are located.

Richard Silagi


User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

It has been proven that the rear facing seats would be more safe than the forward facing ones, but it was said that it might cause confusion in an evacuation.

I wouldn't like to sit face to face with a complete stranger for an entire flight either.


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

It is good fun when you are flying with friends. Also, it is especially helpful for WN's FAs when they are shuttling a bunch of unaccompanied minors on the "custody runs" (Friday and Sunday evening flights between Dallas and Houston are loaded with them); fill the club rows up with kids, and they are easier to watch (up front near jump seats) and tend to keep each other entertained.

Not too comfortable for the shy when you have to sit face to face with strangers, but I've done it and, unless you are a complete jerk, it can be a good way to promote friendly conversation, accompanied by cold beer.



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User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

The seats really aren't bad. They're especially fun with a group of friends. The only thing that I don't like about them is there's no tray table to put your drink and peanuts on  Smile


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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Nauseating memories of BA Tridents are filling my head...

User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

I flew in a 737-300 from MAN-BWI sitting backwards. It was a lot of fun. On take off you see the airport behind you.

User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

733 doesn't have the range for MAN-BWI...


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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1262 times:

MOst likely meant MHT (MANchester NH).

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