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Finnair A330-300 Vs American 767-200 Seat Width

Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:40 am

I recently flew from LAX to HEL and back on AA (LAX to JFK) and AY (JFK to HEL). The AA flights were on a Boeing 767-200, and the AY flights were on a Airbus A330-300. I flew in Economy Class on all flights, which wasn't bad at all - I was able to get window seats each segment. More comprehensive service, as expected, was on AY, and it was also complimentary. Plus, the IFE on AY was much better than AA new video streaming, and it too was also free. In any case, my concern is with the seating - more specifically the seat width and pitch. For some reason, although the A330 had more recline than the 767, the width and pitch seemed to be less. I tried to find information on both planes seating, and was able to discover the following, which verified my "seat-of-the-pants" judgment. From the AA website, the pitch and width on the 767-200 is 31/32 and 17.8 inches, respectively. I couldn't find anything on the Finnair website regarding seating, but on seatplans.com, it shows the Finnair A330 seat pitch and width are 31-32 and 16.9 inches, respectively. So, according to this information, the AA 767 has about an inch more of seat width, which I felt to be more comfortable over the duration of the flight, because I didn't feel squished by my fellow passenger. Can anyone here confirm my observation and if this data for the A330 is correct? Thanks in advance!
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RE: Finnair A330-300 Vs American 767-200 Seat Widt

Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:17 am

It's really hard to beat a 767 for personal space and comfort in Y. Another factor to your perception in the window seat might be the wall curvature. I believe the A300s fuselages are more of a perfect circle while the 767 is more of an oval, leading to more shoulder space as you go up. I can't imagine 3-3-3 on an A330 like some LCCs do.
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RE: Finnair A330-300 Vs American 767-200 Seat Widt

Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:20 am

16.9 inches seat width on AY A333? Can't be, must be closer to 18 as SeatGuru says, though they can't be always trusted.The seats 51-56 A,C, J, L can feel more cramped than other seats, due the curvature of the plane.
 
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RE: Finnair A330-300 Vs American 767-200 Seat Widt

Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:27 pm

Quoting HELyes (Reply 2):
16.9 inches seat width on AY A333? Can't be, must be closer to 18 as SeatGuru says, though they can't be always trusted

Ok, so there is some discrepancy in the data that we're finding. Well, if there's a way to find out definitively, I would really like to know.

Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 1):
Another factor to your perception in the window seat might be the wall curvature. I believe the A300s fuselages are more of a perfect circle while the 767 is more of an oval, leading to more shoulder space as you go up.

I didn't know that. Although I know the A330 is wider than the 767, it for some reason didn't feel more spacious. The ceilings felt lower, the aisles and the seats felt narrower.

Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 1):
It's really hard to beat a 767 for personal space and comfort in Y

Couldn't agree with you more, the 767 is a great plane, and my favorite, especially in Y. Too bad there won't be a direct replacement for it.
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