I have tried to get this answered a few times in other threads, but because it is a bit strange, it was never answered. I totally understand why. I'm not blaming anyone. Anyway, next summer, with my mom and my brother, I am going to Italy. We are flying into FCO from ATL and back to ATL from MXP. MXP-ATL is going to be operated by a 777 at that point, but is scheduled as 11 hours 10 minutes. The flight is only 4800 miles, so that seems quite long to me. I don't mind the length and I know that the airtime is not as long as the scheduled time (subtract maybe 40 minutes), but why is it scheduled for so long? FCO-ATL, a 250 mile longer flight is scheduled for 10 hours 55 minutes. It is operated with an MD-11.
Also, I was wondering about my seats. Going to FCO, I booked seat 31A. It is on an MD-11. I flew a DL MD-11 a few years ago to BRU and back and did not find it to be the most comfortable aircraft I have ever flown on. It wasn't so terrible, but exactly pleasant for 7-9 hours. Coming back, I booked myself seat 44A. It is an exit row bulkhead with a window! It is on the 777. I flew a DL 777 this summer from CDG to ATL and it was very comfortable, in just a normal Y seat. Oh, by the way, if you are wondering why we already have tickets, it's because we needed to get frequent flyer tickets and they sell out quickly to Italy. In fact, our original plan was to fly into MXP and out of FCO, but when we called 331 days in advance of our return date (maximum time ahead allowed), they had already sold out the FF seats on one or both of those flights, so had to reverse our itinerary. That was fine, because nothing else was planned. Anyway, thank you so much for your help! I appreciate it a lot!