brett80211
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AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 2:18 am

I was looking to book a flight on American, Last time I flew GRB-DEN Via ORD on a 737-800 and MD-80. This time I would like to fly the 757, what is seating like, also the features in Coach. I really like flying UAL's 757, are AA like them? Also I want a window seat behind the wing what would be the best seat? -Brett
 
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 2:28 am

Greetings:

AA's 757's aren't bad They haven't upgraded the coach seats to the new style with the adjustable headrests. From what I heard they weren't that happy with the quality so the 757's and Airbus's haven't been done yet. The coach section does feature MRTC and the old seats are comfortable and clean. The overhead TV's aren't LCD their tubes and their old. You do have your standard music selection and you'll get a movie or a TV sitcom depending on the length of the flight. I prefer sitting all the way in the back of the 757's, those tails really bounce around during take off and landings, sorta of makes it a fun ride.

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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 2:33 am

It's luck of the draw. Some of AA's original 757's have the new seats with adjustable headrests, while some still have the older seats with lower backs. I believe AA is in the process of replacing the seats in the older 757's. In either case, you'll get More Room through Coach (MRTC). I'm not sure what the deal is for the ex-TWA 757's. You'll get an ex-TWA plane if it is one of the routes they used to fly. You can see seating charts at...
http://www.aa.com

look under Travel Information and then Our Planes
 
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 10:43 am

Having just gotten off one 4-5 hours ago, I think I can help.

Today, my flight(2246) had the old interiors but had MRTC. In fact my seat, 12F, felt like it had even more legroom than MRTC advertised, but that's just luck of the draw. There were aisle mounted TVs and you will get to watch CBS Eye on American. It has some CBS shows and CBS sports, nothing extravagant, but still enjoyable. I sat right next to the engine and on the RR powered 757s, the engines are reasonably quiet up front.

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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 11:02 am

Some of AA's original 757's have the new seats with adjustable headrests, while some still have the older seats with lower backs.

BUFJets,

Are you sure AA has re-fitted "any" 757's with the new seats? I am a former AA employee and know people who work in the cabin interior design group (forget the technical name of that department). As of several months ago, the plan to re-fit the 757 fleet with the new seats was delayed indefinitely as a means of cutting capital expenditures -- post 9/11. Even the recent deliveries from Boeing received the "old" seats. It is the same reason why the major interior upgrade of the F100 fleet hasn't taken place yet.

I flew BOS-DFW on what seemed like a recent delivery aircraft to AA this past Tuesday. The interior had the new carpeting and new sidewalls, but had the old style seats.

I haven't spoken to my former colleagues in that department in several months, so the plans may have changed.

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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 11:09 am

I find the old seats on the 757 to be kind of unpleasant, both to look at and to sit in. The new seats are definitely an improvement. Nevertheless, the 757 is a fun, relatively comfortable ride, and you'll have MRTC whether it's an AA or ex-TWA bird. I gave this link in another thread, but to look at which seats you might want to avoid, and which you might want to try for, check out http://www.seatguru.com. My favorite seat on the plane is 10F, as there's no seat in front of it, which means added legroom, and there's also a great view of the ground below as well as the beautiful RR engine.

Hope that helps.

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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 6:16 pm

In fact my seat, 12F, felt like it had even more legroom than MRTC advertised, but that's just luck of the draw.

Funny you should mention that, blink. I flew out to SFO (Flight 1277) on July 19 and was in 15F. Coming back on July 30 (Flight 1476) I was in 12F, too, and it seemed like there was more legroom in row 12. I remember the lady in 12E was already seated when I got there and she didn't even have to get up to let me in.

Both 757's on my trip were also in the old interior, although the MD80's between AUS-DFW were in the new.

The one thing I noticed about the window seats on the 757's was that it was kind of hard to see the video screens without leaning over toward the person in the middle seat. The overhead compartments block out the upper right or left hand corners depending on which side of the plane you are seated on. Then again, I'd already seen the episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond so I listened to music instead.

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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 8:42 pm

I haven't been on a 757 for more than two years. That's why I was curious to read this post and the replies, it looks like most of the 757's still have the old seats. The Super 80's don't anymore, I've flown on three of them during my last trip this year and all had the new seats. American has now over 120 B757's (and that does not include ex-TWA 757's!) but for the time being not more than 20 of those must have the new seats, because those 20 aircrafts have been delivered much later than the first 100 or so, the first one was deliverd in the late 80's already! It looks like you'll see 757's in the old config for a while, I would say at least two more years.
I flew three months ago on a Fokker 100, that one also still had the old seats. From what I've read in other posts, most Fokker 100's except the ones reconfigured in an all-First layout still have the old seats. I think that in the mid 2000's, all aircrafts at American will have the new seats.
There are two aircrafts that have never had the old seats: the 737-800 and the 777. That's because the delivery of those began when American had already started it's More Room Throughout Coach program, three years ago.

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blink182
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sat Aug 03, 2002 11:53 pm

This is a little bit off topic, but I think AA's very first 777s were delivered without MRTC, but with the new interiors. I know the new interiors were introduced before MRTC was as I was on an MD-80 with the new interiors before MRTC was announced.

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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sun Aug 04, 2002 4:43 am

I would recommend 28 A or F. Excellent views of both the ground and the wing. Love watching flaps!
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sun Aug 04, 2002 6:46 am

I don't particularly like the aisles in the AA 752's because of the low hanging CRT's, and I am 6'7" (200cm). But, I rode in a MRTC 752 the last time and the extra legroom was nice.
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sun Aug 04, 2002 1:44 pm

I have seats 26A and 29F....

What can I eexpect in terms of views?
 
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Sun Aug 04, 2002 2:02 pm

When I flew on an AA757 from New York (JFK) to Vancouver (YVR) in December 1997, there weren't many passengers on the plane...the plane was barely half full. Inside the cabin, everything looks new to me because it looks clean and bright. But the seats (blue with grey squares around it) are very old!
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Mon Aug 05, 2002 8:34 am

I flew SFO-HNL on AA's 757s and the legroom seems an inch or two bigger than the 767/777...

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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Mon Aug 05, 2002 8:57 am

My personal preference on the B757 is an aisle seat as far forward as possible.
 
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Mon Aug 05, 2002 9:29 pm

I made an assumption AA's newest delivery 757's had the new seats. I guess it was a bad assumption. Why would they put old style seats in a new plane?
 
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RE: AA 757 Cabin

Mon Aug 05, 2002 11:19 pm

I've heard through the grapevine that AA has had a falling out with the supplier of the newer seats. I'm not sure what the problem was (quality, etc.), and I'm just quoting what I've heard, so if it's inaccurate please let us know. The supplier of the original seats is a different company, and in AA's good graces apparently, so maybe for the time being they've just reverted to them. I agree that the older seats were nothing special from a passenger standpoint, so it's all strange, especially since said company has some nicer models available (judging by their website).