Joepilot001
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Delta MD-90 Question

Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:42 am

Earlier this evening I was reviewing options for booking an exit row on a Delta MD-90 form MSP to ATL then ANOTHER MD-90 (Ugh! ) from ATL-RSW. They both got changed from a scheduled 757-200 so now I want to get an exit seat. My questions is:
1: Do the Left Rear exit door (Right next to the engine) have the protruding exit slide problem?
2:If no to question 1, would 36A be better than 26A? Or any other exit seat for that matter?

Here is a link to the seat map

Thanks,
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redzeppelin
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:23 pm

Quoting joepilot001 (Thread starter):
ANOTHER MD-90 (Ugh! )

We'll agree to disagree--I quite like the MD-90.

I've never sat in 36A, and don't recall for certain if there is a slide protrusion there, but I think not. What I can say about 36A is that you might have carry-on stowage issues. IIRC, there are no overhead bins above that door, and there is no underseat space ahead of you. So you might find that inconvenient.

26A is one of my favorite seats on the MD-90. The only issue there is the lack of underseat stowage space with no seat in front of you, but that is exactly the reason for booking that seat.

[Edited 2014-01-20 11:23:53]
 
e38
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:00 pm

joeplot001, wth reference to your questions,

1: Do the Left Rear exit door (Right next to the engine) have the protruding exit slide problem?

I don't think so. There is extra space in front of seat 36A such that the exit slide does not detract from your legroom. Keep in mind there is an aft-facing flight attendant jump seat in front of seat 36B which provides for a little extra space in front of the seat. As redzeppelin mentioned above, you won't have stowage space in front of you so any carry-on luggage will have to go in an overhead compartment.

2. If no to question 1, would 36A be better than 26A? Or any other exit seat for that matter?

joe, it depends on your preference. Seat 26A is also a good seat; there is not a Seat 25A so you would also have good legroom at Seat 26A. I always enjoy looking out the window; I'm fairly sure the view out the window at Seat 36A is not blocked by the engine nacelle, but I'm not positive, and of course, there would be no obstruction whatsoever from Seat 26A. While the IAE 2500 engines on the MD-90 are fairly quiet, I have no doubt the flight would be quieter from Seat 26A as opposed to Seat 36A. Finally, I personally am intriguied by watching the flaps, spoilers, and ailerons operate, so Seat 36A would be a better seat if you enjoy that.

Something else to think about, it has been a while since I've flown Delta, but I remember some aircraft--I think the A320/A319 and DC9s--have something called "low profile" seats installed at exit rows next to the windows and I always found these seats to be less comfortable than the regular seats. I don't know if Delta still has these on all aircraft on exit row seats that are next to the window.

Overall, I think it is a toss up concerning which is a "better" seat. If it were my ticket, I think I would select 36A, but that's just my personal preference. I don't think either are bad seats.

Is it possible to select 26A on the MSP-ATL routing and 36A on the ATL-RSW flight? That way you could have the best of both worlds and know which one you would prefer if you fly future MD-90 flights. I think that's what I would do.

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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:34 am

I sat recently on 36A and the space is perfect. Even 36B has enough legroom, regardless of the FA sitting in front (besides, they'll be in the galley for a good chunk of the flight).

No, the exit seat does not have the protruding problem and, unlike the other exit row seats, it reclines.
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Joepilot001
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:00 am

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 1):

Don't get me wrong i have never flown the md-90 but the original aircraft for both sectors was going to be a 757 which is my favorite aircraft.

Quoting e38 (Reply 2):

You might be on to something about sitting in the two different seats for each sector never did that cross my mind, thanks!


Thanks for all the replies especially seeing how I am going to travel by carry on only for the first time.
 
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:55 am

just one additional comment, joepilot001, with reference to your comment, "i have never flown the md-90,"

even though the 757 is your favorite aircraft, if you've never flown aboard an MD-90, I think you'll enjoy it; it's a nice aircraft, and if you are able to get a seat on the left side of the aircraft, you may find the 2-3 seating configuration a little more comfortable than the 3-3 configuration.

Hope you enjoy the flights.

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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:10 am

Quoting e38 (Reply 5):

In your opinion do you believe that the md-90 or the 757-200 has better legroom. As somebody who is 6' 5" legroom is very important
 
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:19 am

After a quick call to Delta my reservation has been changed so now it is as followed:
MSP-ATL 36a
ATL-RSW 26a

thank you again to anybody who contributed!
 
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:41 pm

Quoting joepilot001 (Reply 7):
ATL-RSW 26a

I think you better take a look at Seat Guru regarding the MD-90

I decided against 26A last time I flew because of the limited recline, though if that doesn't bother you, then by all means.  
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:01 pm

Quoting joepilot001 (Reply 6):
In your opinion do you believe that the md-90 or the 757-200 has better legroom. As somebody who is 6' 5" legroom is very important

At 6'4" I find both the 757-200 and the MD-90 have enough legroom at the exit row. I have never been in 36A, but I find that 26A is nice except for sometimes the seat can be much less comfortable in terms of padding as an earlier poster stated DL sometimes uses low profile seats. 27A also is a nice choice IMO. If you can I would gun for 10A as there is no bulkhead wall and the seat has a huge amount of legroom with none of the limitations of being in an exit row. Either way I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the MD-90.
 
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:20 pm

Does anyone have any opinions on 25B?? I just booked a couple flights on DL and selected 25B for my MD90 flight.
 
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RE: Delta MD-90 Question

Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:53 am

Transpac787, I have traveled in Seat 25B on Delta MD-90s and I think that is a very nice seat as well. Although it is not next to the window-it is an aisle seat-there is NOT a Seat 25A so you still have a pretty good view out the window and the fact that it is a "single" seat gives you a certain sense of privacy and/or a little additional personal space.

joepilot001, I think the legroom on the 757 and MD-90 is probably about the same. For me, the 2-3 configuration versus the 3-3 configuration just gives me the psychological impression that the MD-90 is more spacious, when in reality it is probably more or less the same.

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