I had never noticed this before but was on two KL 737-700s this past weekend and noticed the blank wall panel adjacent to row 1 on the left side only. Since the first row has almost 3 windows it's not a problem but just couldn't think of a reason for blanking out the 2nd window on one side only. It's a normal window directly opposite on the right side. I've checked photos of KL 737-800s and -900s and it's the same.
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5131 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3992 times:
It could be the placement of a lavatory though the forward lav's on our FL/WN 737's is right behind the cockpit ahead of the L1 door. Or, maybe for a special partician between first/business class and coach. Just my guesses.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
Quoting zippyjet (Reply 1): t could be the placement of a lavatory though the forward lav's on our FL/WN 737's is right behind the cockpit ahead of the L1 door. Or, maybe for a special partician between first/business class and coach. Just my guesses.
The forward lav on KL 737s is also right behind the cockpit forward of the door. And KL 737s only have a movable curtain divider since the European type of business class on almost all carriers uses a variable number of Y class rows according to demand, with the middle seat left empty. Rows foward of the overwing exits on KL 737s also have about 2 more inches of pitch (33 vs. 31 inches I believe) but all the seats are identical 3-3 Y class seats.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
Quoting Leej (Reply 6): Not sure what happened there. KLM website seatplan for the 737 700 indeed shows the coatroom!
I found a related thread on Flyertalk. The coatrooms on all KL 737s are being removed. They began removing them last April. I've been on about 6 KL 737-700s in the past couple of months and none had coatrooms. I note the KL 738 seat map on their website shows the new configuration without the coatrooms. Maybe they've completed the job on the 738s but not yet on the 73Gs and 739s.
What I now don't understand is why the first window wasn't also plugged when the coatrooms were installed, as both the first and second windows would have been blocked by the coatroom. See no reason why the first window was needed as the coatroom butted against the bulkhead behind the galley (the bulkhead that's now in front of 1-A/B/C).