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Question About A Seat On An MD80

Sun Dec 05, 2004 1:55 pm

On all MD80s, I've noticed the windows on the right side go back farther than the front of the engine. Well, for a trip on American over the holidays, the only window seat available (had to have a window) was 30F. Does anybody here know if that will be in front of the engine and therefore give me an opportunity to see out or will I suffer by looking at the side of the engine for two hours?

Basic question, but I'd appreciate any input relevant to the situation.
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RE: Question About A Seat On An MD80

Sun Dec 05, 2004 2:00 pm

For this and all your other seating questions, go to www.seatguru.com.

According to this wonderful web site, 30F is the next-to-last row on AA's MD-80s and specifically mentions that the engine blocks "half your view" as opposed to row 31 that has its view blocked entirely.

Having sat that far back before, it will be VERY noisy, plus you have the galley near you on the left. I don't know how badly you "had" to have a window, but I'd recommend moving forward if possible.

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RE: Question About A Seat On An MD80

Sun Dec 05, 2004 3:17 pm

sorry about the view. enjoy your flight.

once i had seat 31f it sucked, the paint on the engine was chipped and it was very loud but the plus side is i got the see the engine flex up and down in the turbulence, (wait is that good) enjoy what is left of your view anyway. (if you are traveling alone you can usually swap seats with other travelers.)

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RE: Question About A Seat On An MD80

Sun Dec 05, 2004 3:28 pm

I've been in the 2nd to last row on a NW DC-9-50. I know its a different aircraft, but same seating concept minus the galley. It was very very loud and uncomfortable to tell you the truth, but not as bad as the last row which my mom was in- got the blue toilet liquid smell gets sickening after 3 hours! Hope your flight is alright.
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RE: Question About A Seat On An MD80

Sun Dec 05, 2004 4:51 pm

I don't mean to brag, but I submitted the 'half your view' comment on 30F.  Laugh out loud

From personal experience, it is not that bad. You still have a decent view by leaning forward a bit. Take a look at my video shot from 30F on flightlevel350.com, it gives a good idea of it.

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RE: Question About A Seat On An MD80

Sun Dec 05, 2004 5:25 pm

I've been back there once. Not sure it was 30F or 31F. It wasn't the view that bothered me. The noise was terrible back there. You can feel the constant vibration and this huge engine 6 inches from your head. Change seat of bring an eye-plug. Good luck!
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RE: Question About A Seat On An MD80

Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:24 am

Thanks for the replies. I had been in the back on delta before, but farther up. I knew the noise was going to be bad, but I was hoping for a view out to compensate. Looks like it'll be okay after all.

Thanks again.
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