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Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:23 pm

Hi everyone.

I tried to search it, but couldn't find anything, but here it is:

I'm going to BOJ this summer flying with SK on an MD-80 and i have the opportunity to buy a specific seat on the SAS Charter website, but it will be my first time ever to fly on a MD-80 and I'm really looking forward to it, but, where is the best seats aboard the plane, if I'm sitting in the left row where there only is 2 seats, i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works, but is that a really bad seat or? If there are, which specific seat number does it have to be?

Thanks in advance  Smile

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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:25 pm

MD-80 is quite easy

In the front: Quiet
In the rear: Noisy
 
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:26 pm

try www.seatguru.com which has airline and aircraft specific seating charts with comments.

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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:26 pm



Quoting Someone83 (Reply 1):

oh okay  Smile well that makes i a little bit easier, but i was hoping to hear some suggestions...
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:31 pm



Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 2):

oh thank you  Smile i could only find the MD-83 on Allegiant, but it is almost the same  Smile
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:34 pm



Quoting Tobseren (Thread starter):
i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works, but is that a really bad seat or?

Other than maybe seeing the fan section in front go 'round and 'round, there's really not much to see as far as how the engines work. If you enjoy a higher noise level, the last 4-5 rows are best, with the rearmost row being the noisiest. As much as I love the sound of JT8Ds, I like them better from the outside of the aircraft. If I get a choice, I always try to sit anywhere forward of the wings.
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:38 pm



Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):

well okay  Smile just checked seatguru and the seats from row 18 and up seams to be the best, so i will try to get one of those. thank you for the advices  Wink
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:49 pm

Quoting Tobseren (Reply 3):
oh okay Smile well that makes i a little bit easier, but i was hoping to hear some suggestions...

Left in coach is definitely the best side and anything in front of the wings is OK, the further up you go the quieter it gets. Over the wings the exit row seats 20 & 21 are good if you need leg room but only 21 reclines (usually). I wouldn't go any farther back than that. If you need power ports then check out Seatguru as has been suggested to see where they are.

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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:02 pm



Quoting Tobseren (Thread starter):
, i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works,

Yeah, you won't get to see the engine *working* really. I have flown on more than my fair share of MD-80s. Sit forward....very far forward. I was once relegated to one of the last few rows and the perpetual noise and vibration was wnough to justify the purchase of a $300 pair of bose noise canceling headphones. Never again...
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:07 pm



Quoting AA777223 (Reply 8):
Quoting Tobseren (Thread starter):
, i thought about sitting near the engine to see how it works,

Yeah, you won't get to see the engine *working* really. I have flown on more than my fair share of MD-80s. Sit forward....very far forward. I was once relegated to one of the last few rows and the perpetual noise and vibration was wnough to justify the purchase of a $300 pair of bose noise canceling headphones. Never again...

I would also be worried about something like this happening, the DL MD-88 that had an uncontained engine failure at Pensacola, FL in 1996. Two passengers next to the engine were killed.



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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:19 pm

The very best seats would be 1AB or 1EF!

If you are not able to do a First Class, then I'd select the bulkhead of coach, most likely 5AB. Nice and quiet with the famous MD8X hummmmm, love that sound.

As OPNLguy guy says, stay up front of the wing if ya can, enjoy the sound outside the airplane of the JT8-D's.
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Fri May 01, 2009 6:07 pm

If this is your first flight on an MD-80 and youre flying round trip, I would try both, here are some videos that will give you an idea.

Up front:
http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra...giant_Air_Aviation_Video-9092.html

Next to the Engines:
http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-5097.html

I like listening to those engines so I usually seat on the back (row 29), unless it is a longish flight.
 
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Sat May 02, 2009 1:15 pm

On the MD80 for a good wingview and good engine noise, I prefer a window from row 24 to 28 on the American Airlines seating configuration. I'll leave it to you to translate where that is in comparison with your airline. On AA, behind row 30 the window is blocked by the engine, so don't go too far!
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Sat May 02, 2009 3:45 pm

I prefer quiet, so when flying in coach I try to sit as close to the front as possible. The front of the MD80 is basically as quiet as you can get, much quieter than most, if not all, other Boeings and Airbii which have the engines under the wings.
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Sat May 02, 2009 4:58 pm



Quoting Soxfan (Reply 13):
The front of the MD80 is basically as quiet as you can get, much quieter than most, if not all, other Boeings and Airbii which have the engines under the wings.

Very true. I've also been on my share of DC-9, MD-8x and B717 flights and it's almost incredible how quiet the front of the plane is.

The only thing that could compete was the B727-200. Even though it has three engines, it's also quite long with the engines all the way at the back so it was really quiet.
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Sat May 02, 2009 5:31 pm



Quoting Acabgd (Reply 14):
The only thing that could compete was the B727-200. Even though it has three engines, it's also quite long with the engines all the way at the back so it was really quiet.

I always found the front of the 727 slightly quieter than the DC-9/MD-80. In both cases engine noise is almost non-existent but the 727 seemed to have somewhat less aerodynamic noise, which accounts for most of the noise on all jet aircraft at cruising altitudes.
 
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Sun May 03, 2009 9:08 pm



Quoting Acabgd (Reply 14):

Very true. I've also been on my share of DC-9, MD-8x and B717 flights and it's almost incredible how quiet the front of the plane is.

I really like sitting up front. It's not that I'm opposed to engine noise, but this is one of the few remaining planes where there is a place where you simply can't hear the engines.

It's strange and a bit eerie to feel the plane accelerate and take off and never feel or hear the engines. It's sort of like being pushed by an invisible hand.

Also, the DC-9 series really needed some engine syncronizers installed. If you're at the rear and there's the slightest mismatch in engine RPM, you spend the whole flight with: "WWWWAAAAAwwaaaaaWWWWWAAAAwwaaaaWWAAAAwwaaa!"
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Tue May 12, 2009 9:48 pm

To answer your question directly, get as far forward in the section of 2 (at most airlines that's the left side) possible. If you like to see the wings work, the overwing exits or any seat over the wings is good. The further back you go the louder it is, but is pretty quiet anywhere at or forward of the wings.

When I personally travel on an MD-80 (which is often) I try for an exit aisle seat, barring that, for an aisle seat as far forward as possible.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):
I would also be worried about something like this happening, the DL MD-88 that had an uncontained engine failure at Pensacola, FL in 1996.

Yes, because that's such a common problem...

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 15):
I always found the front of the 727 slightly quieter than the DC-9/MD-80.

Certainly in the cockpit it isn't, and I don't believe for a minute that it is in front part of the passenger compartment either.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):
Also, the DC-9 series really needed some engine syncronizers installed. If you're at the rear and there's the slightest mismatch in engine RPM, you spend the whole flight with: "WWWWAAAAAwwaaaaaWWWWWAAAAwwaaaaWWAAAAwwaaa!"

Many late model DC-9's and most if not all MD-80 aircraft have engine synchronization. They default to EPR synch with autothrottles on, but N1 and N2 are selectable as well. The normal inflight mode is N1 synch, as the fans are more likely to cause the phase problem you are describing. The system on the DC-9 is more primitive and requires a bit more throttle manipulation. The MD-90 is different (and better) still.
 
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Tue May 12, 2009 10:26 pm

Hello,

First off, enjoy your trip on the MD-80. It's a true workhorse!

As far as seats go, when I'm not in F, I always go for either the overwing exit rows (20 & 21 on AA), or the right behind the wing (rows 24 & 25), and I go for the A,B side, since it's one less seat to climb over if I need to get out.

Again, enjoy!

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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Tue May 12, 2009 10:32 pm

I always go for the two seat side. If it's a short hop (500 miles or so), I'll normally go for as close to the front as possible. If it's a longer hop and I'm stuck in coach, I go for the exit row.
 
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Wed May 13, 2009 2:07 am

I love the sound of the JT8D's, and being a Delta flyer for the most part I usually try to score 30E or 31E on the 2 side. It's right behind the wing so you get a nice view of the flaps and some engine noise but not too much in my opinion. If you want quiet, than go for the front.
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Wed May 13, 2009 5:13 am

I like the exit rows on the MD-80. Not too loud, but you can definitely hear the engines better than right up front, and lots of legroom.

The front of the MD-80 and 727 may be quiet up front as far as engine noise goes but there's definitely some Boeing and Airbus widebodies that have less airframe noise at speed.
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RE: Best Seats In A MD-80

Thu May 14, 2009 2:00 am

I find the front of the MD-80’s to be noisy, not from the engines, but from the air stream at cruise speeds, loud enough that I use my noise canceling headphones to blank out some of the noise.

My preference is the emergency exit rows, plenty of legroom and when I travel with my wife, we try to get the 2 side so we have the row to ourselves. The noise there is a little louder at these seats, both from the air stream as in the front, and from the engines, because these seats are closer to the rear. Again I just use my noise canceling headsets and my IPod to reduce the effects from the noise.

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