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Good Window Seats On UA 777

Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:31 pm

Flying across the pond with UA on the 777. We're in row 33 outbound and 36 inbound. Are these good rows from the window watching POV. I ask because we got burned when we went to Japan because we got the exit row. Comfortable to be sure, but no window.
 
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:15 pm

Best resource for this sort of query would be:

http://www.seatguru.com

Click on 'Airlines: U-V-W'
Click on 'United'
Click on either 'Boeing 777-200 WW2 (772)'
Book a window seat if it shows either solid green or solid white. Any other colour or pattern - avoid!

Rows 33 and 36's window seats looks OK to me based on the above chart, assuming I guessed right about it being in a WW2 configuration. If you'd like to be certain, you'd probably need to call United Reservations to enquire, or see if someone here can confirm.

From my recollection, the WW1 config is used for ULH flights of 5,000+ miles, and WW2 is mostly used for transoceanic flights including Europe to east coast U.S. WW3 is a new config - don't think conversion is slated to start until sometime early next year.
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:26 pm

Have you tried seatguru.com?

I find that choosing seats about 5 rows from the back of any A/C is your best bet in coach.

You board early and there is always room for your carry-on.
There is always a window by a window seat, not overlooking the wing.
There is more likelihood of the seat next to you being free (yes - even these days.)
When you do use the rest room there is less chance of you getting stuck behind a trolley.

Further, I find that with First, Business, and economy-plus classes getting bigger, the first rows of coach are always over the wing (bad viewing), whereas that was not previously the case.

I would avoid sitting further back than that because of the people waiting for the rest room, the noise of the restroom and galley use, and the possibility of SOME A/C being reassigned so you get a slightly smaller variant, and suddenly your seat assignment is lost because your row no longer exists. This has happened to me, when a 320 has been swapped for a 319, or a 757-200 has been swapped for a 100.

But for all the advantages DURING the trip, if waiting 5 minutes longer to deplane is like a death sentence to you, then my strategy is not for you.

However I should mention, I recently arrived in Cancun on United (I'm still there). The ground people opened the back door and about 20 of us happily got our things and started out the rear via the staircase that had been rolled up to the A/C. THEN the ground personal made us STOP and eventually get back on the A/C (back up the stairs) to deplane via the front door. What they had not told the flight attendants (I suspect there may have been a language issue) is that they were intending to service the A/C via that staircase, rather then deplane passengers. So it was very weird - we actually had to stand on the staircase for about 5 minutes because the aisles had of course filled with people claiming their overhead luggage.

Um, I'm not being very convincing about my sitting-in-the-rear strategy, am I? But, that's how I ride....

Regarding your particular seat selection, the row you have further back is further from the wing for SLIGHTLY better viewing, IMHO, yet still comfortably far from the galleys and rest room.

[Edited 2008-12-07 07:31:04]
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:27 pm



Quoting DingDong (Reply 1):
From my recollection, the WW1 config is used for ULH flights of 5,000+ miles, and WW2 is mostly used for transoceanic flights including Europe to east coast U.S. WW3 is a new config - don't think conversion is slated to start until sometime early next year.

Well I'll be going in April. The outbound will from LHR-DEN. The return from SFO-LHR. So I'm not sure what class that implies.

Having taken a look, it seems that there's little to suggest there's any problem with the seats I've chosen. One thing I'm am aware of from my trips onboard the BAe-146 (never to be seen again!) is that sometimes the window is a little bit forward and you have to lean forward a bit to see out and sometimes you can just sit back and take in the view. I suppose I'm being a bit pinickity for most people to care.
 
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:22 pm



Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 2):
757-200 has been swapped for a 100.

What is a 757-100?
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:41 pm



Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 2):
757-200 has been swapped for a 100.

Know something we don't?  Wink
 
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:43 am



Quoting Boston92 (Reply 4):
What is a 757-100?



Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 5):
Know something we don't?

Sorry! I guess I mean 757-200 vs 300. I know that NW, who I fly a lot, has two variants, for example, and I have lost my aft seat selection in the past when the longer was swapped with the shorter... so I lost my carefully planned window and ended up with a middle seat. Ouch.

So now i sit aft on the 200, but not TOO far aft...
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:12 pm



Quoting DingDong (Reply 1):
Best resource for this sort of query would be:

You mean the website that gets seat width and pitch wrong and refuses to correct their mistakes? That makes blanket statements about all seats near window exits, galleys or lavs whether or not they really apply?

They are an okay website, but have tons of errors.
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RE: Good Window Seats On UA 777

Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:18 pm



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 7):
You mean the website that gets seat width and pitch wrong and refuses to correct their mistakes? That makes blanket statements about all seats near window exits, galleys or lavs whether or not they really apply?

They are an okay website, but have tons of errors.

You know a better resource?

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