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MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 6:45 am

I love to fly the DC-9, MD80/90, 717 because of the 2-3 seating arrangement in coach. I have a question, though.

DL as a 3-2 seating (three seats on the left and two on the right) while AA has 2-3 (two on the left three on the right).

Why is this? What advantage (if any) is there to each arrangement?

It seems to me that the 2-3 arrangement that AA is more common, is this true? Are there other airlines that use the 3-2 arrangement?

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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 8:02 am

I think Delta is the only one with 3-2

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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 8:16 am

Alaska also has the 3-2 seating. It was all determined my the airline that ordered the aircraft. I forget how ours were arranged...I'm just so happy they left the fleet when they did.

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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 8:25 am

That might have something to do with Delta's being MD-88s and American's being MD-81s (?), MD-82s, and MD-83s.
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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 8:31 am

Flew Finnair's MD-82s, they have a 2-3 arrangement which seemed kind of weird, instead of a more usual 3-3 that we see on most other types of airplane. I guess MD-80's fuselage is one seat narrower...
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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 12:17 pm


Actually DLs MD-88s are 3-2 and their MD-90s are 2-3.
 
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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 12:20 pm

I forget how ours were arranged...I'm just so happy they left the fleet when they did.

I have to ask... why are you happy (that the former RC MD-82 left NW's fleet in 1999)?
 
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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 12:22 pm

It has to do with the size of the rear galley. If the operator chose the big galley (like Swissair had), the configeration had to be 3-2. If the narrow galley was used, usually a 2-3 configuration was used. Otherwise the aisle would be crooked.

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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 1:19 pm

Just to add here. CO MD-80s were 2-3
 
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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 1:40 pm

I know the MD-80's left the fleet in 1999. I'm happy that we didn't hang on to the relatively low number that we had...I wished we had rid outselves of them long before that. Anyway, I always thought the MD-80 was an uncomfortable plane. It's hard to describe...I guess I can't explain it that well. I think the Republic MD-80's were ordered with the smaller rear galley. It seems to mee that I remember sitting towards the rear of the MD-80 with the aisle on my left side, and two seats to my right.

Honestly, I don't remember.

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RE: MD-80/90 Seating Arrangement

Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:41 pm

Iflewrepublic,

I assumed you knew when the MD-80s exited the fleet but I also assumed that if I didn't add that fact to my posting, somebody would ask. Sadly, I don't know what you mean but I haven't flown on an NW MD-82 in years -- I believe they served MSP exclusively in their final years and I'm DTW-based. I try to avoid flying via MSP since I believe NW has the "bend over and enjoy MSP Detroiters!" atitude (e.g. "we're closing down RC's Dearborn ticketing/reservations center, which was a symbol of their renaissance to DTW; we're building the A333 maintaince base here even though we lied and said we'd consider DTW; we're canceling all but two SFO flights ex-DTW b/c we want you to connect; etc.) BTW, are you still flying the DC-9? LOL!

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