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Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:48 am

A couple years back I flew on an Iran Air Tours MD80. Now, my memory could be shoddy, but I am fairly certain that it was 6 abreast. Would this have been legal?
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Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:16 am

That would be quite an undertaking considering the overhead PSUs can only accommodate 5 passengers. You would also have an emergency exit issue and other problems. I am sure MD had an original plan for it. but I don't know of anyone that had it. My guess is, you were on a TU-154.
 
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Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:19 am

speedbird52 wrote:
A couple years back I flew on an Iran Air Tours MD80. Now, my memory could be shoddy, but I am fairly certain that it was 6 abreast. Would this have been legal?


Are you sure it wasn't a 727? I can't think of any way to squeeze a sixth seat in an MD-80. Not so much a matter of legal as it is practical. Most adults wouldn't fit in the seat if it was small enough to fit six across in an MD-80.
 
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Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:27 am

No, not possible. You were mistaken in the aircraft. It certainly wasn’t an MD-80.
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Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:29 am

nws2002 wrote:
Not so much a matter of legal as it is practical.

Pretty sure legal as well, no idea how you could get minimal aisle width with 6 seats
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Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:49 am

I am 110% sure it was an MD80 as if it was any of the other mentioned fleet types I would have actually lost my mind with excitement. Pretty sure I just remembered the seats wrong
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Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:08 am

LAX772LR wrote:
nws2002 wrote:
Not so much a matter of legal as it is practical.

Pretty sure legal as well, no idea how you could get minimal aisle width with 6 seats


I am not aware of any MD-80 with 6-abreast seating. However, Continental Airlines configured at least one DC-9 with 6-abreast seating and the DC-9 was called "DC-9 Diplomat".

Only one flight with paying passengers was made and the passengers got their money back due to complaints. It is not known officially, if the evacuation requirements were met or were tested.

Despite all research, there is so little info about the 6-abreast DC-9. It's like the rare 7-abreast HS Trident.

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