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Quick AS MD-80 Question

Wed Sep 01, 1999 11:32 am

I was thumbing threw a book on US commercial airlines that Alaska outfits all of its MD-80s with 135 seats. This book was published in 1996. It is my understanding, backed up by the OAG, that all AS MD-80s now have 140 seats, suggesting that they squeezed in an extra row of coach (5 seats). But, sometimes books can give inaccurate info, especially when the book covers many airlines. The reason I was curious is that I have not noticed a change in seat pitch, and adding a row of coach should decrease the legroom by around an inch I would imagine. Can anyone verify this. Also, I was curious as to whether AS will adjust the legroom on their 737-400s when they add another row of First Class. It seems to me that legroom used to be one of their biggest advantages, but that it is now only slightly better than average.
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RE: Quick AS MD-80 Question

Wed Sep 01, 1999 11:54 am

When I was working at Alaska in 1994 they where competing against Markair. In an effort to increase revenues the brass decided to install an additional row of seats. A first class coat closet was removed from the aircraft. This is where the space for the extra row came from.

RE: Quick AS MD-80 Question

Wed Sep 01, 1999 11:55 am

I think that on the MD-80's there are 140 seats and about the first class on the 737-400 when I went on a trip with my family we had 50% of it and we are only 4 strong.
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RE: Quick AS MD-80 Question

Wed Sep 01, 1999 6:07 pm

Rejoice ... you've got the spaciest MD80's in the world. Most US airlines seem to fly 140 pax on the Mad Dog. In Europe 156, 164 or even 172 is common.

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RE: Quick AS MD-80 Question

Wed Sep 01, 1999 10:36 pm

OK, now that makes a lot more sense. I do think I faintly remember a coat closet, and I do notice now that they just hang coats on a hangar right behind the 3rd row of First Class. To the best of my knowlege there is only one closet on the whole airplane, which is right in front of the left rear lav. About the 737-400 and 700s, as I said First Class will seat the same number as the MD-80s by year's end.

172 seats on a MD-80??? I guess I have heard figures like that before for certain charters, but I really do wonder how you cram all those seats on an MD-80, even if it is all coach, unless its Lillipution Airways or something.
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RE: Quick AS MD-80 Question

Wed Sep 01, 1999 11:08 pm

You brought out a good point. Some times even OAG handbook makes mistakes or uses obsolete data. For example, OAG still shows AA 767-300s have 6 rows of seats in business class. In fact, AA removed one row to give more leg room. This was done back in 1995 and even today, OAG still carries the wrong information.

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