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What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 9:50 am

I have an upcoming trip and I'd really like your input.

Sitting too far upfront can be a bore while having the last row with no window and that goddamn JT8D blasting in your face for 2 hours is highly overrated.
Overwing and you can't see anything.

Please help!
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:01 am

I fly DELTA's MD 88 a lot and I assume that most MD 80's and 88's have the same basic seating. I usualy sit in rows 30 or 31 on the left side of the plane and rows 30-32 on the right side of the plane. Those locations are perfect because you are just behind the wing, so you got a good view to the ground but you are just fare enough ahead of the engines that you don't go deaf. That is, if you are like me and you like to watch the flaps and spoilers on the wings move.
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:01 am

While it may be 'a bore' to you, sit up front. The noise on a two hour trip is quite fatiguing. In fact, you should take a couple thousand hours of flight school, then fly the thing yourself so you can be that much further from the engines. Besides, the view is nicer up there.  
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:09 am

Interesting suggestion DLX, but I don't think I have the stuff.  

On the subject of DL MD88's, I was once famously screwed by a succession of DL gate agents into that last windowless row with that horrendous engine noise for two flights of 2 hours each....I arrived in splendour with a splitting headache....not something I'll want to be reapeating.
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:32 am

Outside the airplane. MD-80s are the bad end of the spectrum, anyway, if you have to go aboard, sit near a door incase...
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 5:12 pm

I would sit right in front of the wing. I can still get a good view of the ground, stay clear of the engines, be near an emergency exit, and still be able to see the flaps, spoilers, and all that other good stuff come down and go up...

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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sun Jan 23, 2000 1:57 am

On most planes, I like to sit behind the wing, but on the MD-80, the wing is so far back that there are not many rows behind it that don't put you mighty close to the engines. On MD-80s and DC-9s, I usually prefer to sit just forward of the wing.

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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sun Jan 23, 2000 4:20 am

Take a school bus... it's quieter and has more leg room.
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sun Jan 23, 2000 4:30 am

To me, the MD-80's are boring anyway. Probably because I live in the south and I have to use American's DFW airport a lot, which means, I ALWAYS have to ride on MD-80's. To me, the MD-80 isn't at all that interesting near the wing. The flaps are small, and the wing is simple. Plus, the closer you get to the wing, the louder the engines get. However, I have flown first many a time on an MD-80, and for some reason, the closer you get to the front, (in first class) you get to hear a constant high pitched hissing noise that gets old after a long flight from DFW to BOS. Now, the best seat in the house to me, is the first window seat on the left, assuming that the plane is configured 2-3. You are away from the engines, away from the front, you have a ton of legroom, only one passenger to climb over if you have to go to the bathroom, and it's really quiet here. Just my opinion! Happy flying!
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sun Jan 23, 2000 4:39 am

I'll agree....I used to ADORE the M80 but after a succession of trips on nothing but Delta's MD88's I am really getting sick of her. Especially since Delta is the only M80 carrier that puts has 3*2 configuration only. There's not much action over the wings considering that they are so tiny and thin and that there is no engine out there to look at either. The inside cabin is also abhorrently small and cramped. But I still love the exterior appearance of the Mad-Dog.
 
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Sun Jan 23, 2000 2:03 pm

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RE: MD-80

Sun Jan 23, 2000 2:14 pm

I generally sit in up front. The MD-88s Delta flies are very quiet aircraft, but still, I like to be as far away from the engines as possible. The MD-90 is THE quietest mid-size airliner available today (Sorry, just had to stick that in there). You're right about the wing being fairly small and not that much interesting to look at. I agree. The best seats are in first of course, but barring that, I generally sit within the first ten rows, and always on the 2 seat side (if at all possible). I can remember flying on American and it being 2/3, but I didn't realize Delta was mostly alone in seating 3/2.
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Sun Jan 23, 2000 6:01 pm

I have an uncanny ability to tick people on this forum off, but if I have to fly an MD-80, the best place to me to sit is the nearest 727.
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Mon Jan 24, 2000 12:03 am

I also have flown many MD-80's mainly AA and DL and I love to sit as far up as possible because on take off I love how extremely quiet it is on take off and climb...It's amazing how quiet it is right after take off. It's like going up in a Lexus LS400...
 
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Will More Widebodies Ever Return To Lga?

Mon Jan 24, 2000 12:25 am

I grew up not far from Lga and use to see the big birds all the time. Eastern 1011's & A-300's, TWA 767's and 1011's, United and American DC-10's and on and on..I even remember seeing a few AC 767's.. Now it's only Delta 767's about 5x a day...Thank Goodness for Delta..Does anyone have any info about more widebody svc into Lga in the future?..I know UA has two class domestic 763's in svc any, hope to see them on the U.S.S. Laguardia?
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Mon Jan 24, 2000 1:36 am

On a USAir MD-80 back in Oct 91, I loved sitting in the section on the wings.
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Mon Jan 24, 2000 4:30 am

Either seats E or F (presuming it's a 3/2 config.) as far back as the wings. If you sit in F you get the window w/only one passenger to climb over. If you sit in E, you're still close to the window with nobody to climb over. However, being that the cabin is very long, it can be a long walk to the bathroom. My last flight in an MD80 was in seat 9F, wonderfully quiet.
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Tue Jan 25, 2000 12:37 am

Well just a little advice, I just got off of one last night from ORD to BDL and I had the best flight ever on them. It was the emergency row. You have a ton of room and eventhough you are on the wing, they are rather slim and not too wide. I hope I could help. Enjoy your flight
 
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RE: What's The Best Place To Sit In An MD80 Series?

Tue Jan 25, 2000 12:47 am

I'd go for the seat ALL they way in front on the left. Then, let the captain find a good seat in the back.

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