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Favorite seat on Q400, with just a briefcase?

Favorite seat on Q400, with just a briefcase?

Old Apr 17, 19, 10:03 pm
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Favorite seat on Q400, with just a briefcase?

iíve got a few flights on a Q400 this spring. Iíve never flown one before (at least not in recent memory since I began flying for work). Iím always happy for extra legroom in the bulkhead row when I fly WN. Would 1B be a good choice for a Q400?
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Old Apr 17, 19, 10:09 pm
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If you don't care about a window, 1B is by far the best way to go. My favorite part of becoming an MVP was being able to select row 1 on the Q400s!
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Old Apr 17, 19, 10:12 pm
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Here is a picture of 1B and the bulkhead in D, I'm 6'2 and the bulkhead here probably provides about or an inch or two more than WN bulkhead. As you can see 1B is essentially infinity legroom.


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Old Apr 17, 19, 10:13 pm
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As you can see in this photo, 1B allows you to stretch into the galley due to the small bulkhead wall only blocking 1A. The other bulkhead seats have less room to stretch out than normal seats in my opinion. The briefcase will of course have to go up top.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 10:53 pm
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I agree with all the 1B comments, always my fave except in the winter when coming off a warm weather destination flight in SEA to then freeze your ... off sitting in 1B waiting for the plane to load to your final destination.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 11:18 pm
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If row 1 isn't available, row 20 is the way to go. Back door is normally open so you can be on/off quickly
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Old Apr 17, 19, 11:26 pm
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I'm a window person, so I actually prefer 1D, but 1B is technically the best seat in the house.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 1:22 am
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Originally Posted by CZBB View Post
If row 1 isn't available, row 20 is the way to go. Back door is normally open so you can be on/off quickly
Or 19D/E. Sometimes would get served first with enough time for a second round on the shorter hops.

1B is my favorite, but there are couple of downsides:
- get bumped from people boarding
- no under seat storage and sometimes the folks in 2A/B will push their bags forward particularly if you board late
- in seat tray table doesn't rise very far above your lap if you're a big guy
- infinite leg room is shared with the forward FA seated facing you. Hopefully they brought a book instead of staring!
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:52 am
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Originally Posted by NoLaGent View Post
I'm a window person, so I actually prefer 1D, but 1B is technically the best seat in the house.
On the Q400, is there a 1D? I think the bulkhead row on the right side of the aircraft is 2C/D as there is a storage bin across from row 1. I like 1B however I am OK in 2C/D as there is enough room to get by your seatmate should you have too.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by JacksonFlyer View Post
On the Q400, is there a 1D? I think the bulkhead row on the right side of the aircraft is 2C/D as there is a storage bin across from row 1. I like 1B however I am OK in 2C/D as there is enough room to get by your seatmate should you have too.
That is correct, no 1C/1D. 2C/2D are the bulkhead seats on the right.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post
- infinite leg room is shared with the forward FA seated facing you. Hopefully they brought a book instead of staring!
You do get to play footsies with the FA in that seat.

I prefer 20A or B or 19C or D myself. Off first and I find I sleep better back there. Although to be fair, I think the Q400 has some sort of sleeping gas come out of the vents because I'm asleep the minute they light the engines.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 11:19 am
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And in 2F you don't really have a window; just the small one in the exit and you have to lean forward to see out. I'm usually 3D if I want to be on the right side of the plane and have a window view. 1A for left side.

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Old Apr 18, 19, 11:41 am
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Just a heads up: On the Q400 seat maps the seat letters are A, B, D and E. No C or F.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Westcoaster View Post
Just a heads up: On the Q400 seat maps the seat letters are A, B, D and E. No C or F.
From your lips to the Eskimo's ears. Was looking at the fleet info page because I couldn't remember the right side lettering. Oops.




https://resource.alaskaair.net/-/med..._Q400.ashx?v=1
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Old Apr 18, 19, 12:06 pm
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That's pretty funny. If you go to book a flight the seat maps for Q400s on the SEA-PDX flights I checked show A, B, D and E. No F. Fruit basket upset.

I tried to copy said seat map over here and failed miserably. Perhaps someone with better C and P skills can help?

And I should add that when I've flown on Q400s in the past they always announced that 1B and 2DE were exit row seats so I believe that A, B, D and E letters are actually on the plane.

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