sunbird21
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UA 747 Economy Seat Question SFO-SYD

Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:27 pm

Hi,

I probably have a stupid question,but wanted to check it out here since its more aircraft related.

I'm flying from JFK-SYD,by way of SFO on United.In searching for the elusive "perfect" economy seat (LOL). I had the idea from someones trip report about getting the window seat in the last row of two-seaters on the plane. Whoever it was wrote that they were able to squeeze out behind the row from the space between the wall and seat. For those familiar with this plane,is this possible?? I'm fairly petite.I usually go for aisle seats,but like the idea of being able to do this from a window seat and also have the extra storage space that seatguru claims it has....

I've also had feedback that the window of the second two seater is a good seat,due to extra legroom. I dont plan on purchasing E+ at this point,I'm only 5'2 so dont think the legroom will matter enough to me to fork out $150. Also,my hope is to find an area where I can have an empty seat beside me and stretch out....long shot,I know!!!! Short of this,that is why I thought that that last window seat might be a good option.

Any feedback is welcome!!! Also,any feedback on this particular flight(SFo-SYD) is welcome!!!
 
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RE: UA 747 Economy Seat Question SFO-SYD

Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:17 am

Done this trip and yes the UA cabin is very old. I like sleep. Get 8 hours sleep in the middle of the flight between meals and life is a lot sweeter. At least these old tired seats are quite thickly padded, unlike the paper thin new slimline seats

Quoting sunbird21 (Thread starter):
Whoever it was wrote that they were able to squeeze out behind the row from the space between the wall and seat. For those familiar with this plane,is this possible??

NO there isnt that much room. There is certainly a feeling of more space but also remember that the seat is too far from the window to sleep against. I would get an exit row seat or a normal window so I can at least lie against the window with a pillow. Other than that I would pay to upgrade!
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RE: UA 747 Economy Seat Question SFO-SYD

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:07 pm

Quoting jetfuel (Reply 1):
There is certainly a feeling of more space but also remember that the seat is too far from the window to sleep against. I would get an exit row seat or a normal window so I can at least lie against the window with a pillow. Other than that I would pay to upgrade!

I tried this row on a BA 744 once before and actually hated the distance to the wall much more, than any more legroom could make up for. You can't even look out the window properly. $150 for an upgrade on such a long flight sounds surprisingly cheap, but I wouldn't do it. If the flight is about 15hrs. you are paying $10/hr. to have three inches more seat pitch, which at 5'2'' is fairly useless for you, the same seat width and a seat over the wings that blocks most of the view.

If I were you, I would try to get an aisle seat in a middle row. If the airplane isn't 100% sold out, those middle row, middle seats are those that stay free and you'll have an aisle seat and an empty seat next to you all for yourself. It's also a good idea to be one of the last passengers to board the plane - that way you can find free adjoining seats and just sit down there.
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RE: UA 747 Economy Seat Question SFO-SYD

Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:12 am

Quoting sunbird21 (Thread starter):

Well, I've sat in the second-to-last row before on a UA 744, and I wouldn't put it past a small person to be able to exit the last row from the window side. There was a little bit of room there. I personally loved the second-to-last row. You get kinda of a panoramic view out the windows, and the extra space to the side is quite nice. You can have your luggage at your side and retain legroom. I'm not one to lean against a window to sleep, so the gap doesn't bother me. It's a big positive. If you went with the final row, you should be able to recline all you want.
 
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RE: UA 747 Economy Seat Question SFO-SYD

Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:35 am

Rows 58, 59 and 60 on the outside are two seats. 60 A or J will get you the window and I was able to go "up and over" to get out without waking my seat mate. However, I prefer row 59 as the space between the seat and the window is enough for my computer bag and having only two seats in row 58 in front of me allowed the extra leg room as well My seat in 59 J form HKG to ORD was the best long haul flight I ever had in Y.
 
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RE: UA 747 Economy Seat Question SFO-SYD

Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:25 pm

Thank you all for yor feedback...seems like 59J/B is getting a lot of praise!!! I'm torn between the two,honestly. However,should(or once,I guess) the plane fills up more,I like the middle row aisle seat strategy. I'm assuming that if I'm at the back of the plane,I'll get on towards the end,right?

I definately do not think Im going to splurge for E+,the more I think about it. As stated,with my height its not necessary,except for the risk of someone reclining their seat,but not worth $150. If it was a different class,I might consider it,but its more important to me to play the odds in favor of having an empty seat next to me,and I'm sure that wont happen in E+.

BTW,anyone dont this flight(UA 863) from JFK-SYD?? If so,any trouble with short connection time in SFO?
 
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RE: UA 747 Economy Seat Question SFO-SYD

Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:26 am

On all my ORD-HKG-ORD flights this year, the middle section aisle seats were taken. I did one leg in E+, I had the aisle and the middle seat was open. I would not do E+ again though. I'm 5' 9" and it did not make enough f a difference as I was still cramped. The back three rows 58, 59 and 60 on the outside are the best in economy, in my opinion.

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