M80/83 or 738 in F?

 
Old Mar 18, 12, 12:24 pm
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M80/83 or 738 in F?

What plane would you recommend as having the best seats in First? Which window seat would be the most spacious?
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Old Mar 18, 12, 12:32 pm
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I would follow FEBO and pick either the second row or fourth row of the cabin accordingly. The rows are 3,4,5,6.
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Old Mar 18, 12, 12:49 pm
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The F window seats have more room in both planes.

MD80 has no onboard entertainment, standard power outlets in FC.
738 should have 110 sockets and entertainment.
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Old Mar 18, 12, 12:57 pm
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Does FEBO matter, ie is it likely that a meal choice would run out before they get to me?
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Does FEBO matter, ie is it likely that a meal choice would run out before they get to me?
Yes.
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Ah OK. Whats the rear recline like on a 738? Will the seat in front severely close in on my space?
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Does FEBO matter, ie is it likely that a meal choice would run out before they get to me?
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Yes.
Double yes.
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On the MD-80, 3F (bulkhead) has more legroom than the non-bulkhead window seats. So much that the person in 3E doesn't need to get up if you wish to get out, even if both of you are large. To me, this is a big advantage of this seat over over window seats.

OTOH, 3A has less legroom than the non-bulkhead rows. I can get out to the aisle without making the person in 3B get up, but I couldn't do that when I was fat.

Haven't been on an AA 738 yet, so can't comment.
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Not so much - but the starboard (right) seats on the MD-8x have better seat pitch than the port side, where they removed a closet and added a row of seats.

I can use my laptop on my tray table without fear on the 738 and the MD-8x, - but I definitely avoid the port MD-8x seats.


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Ah OK. Whats the rear recline like on a 738? Will the seat in front severely close in on my space?
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Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
MD80 has no onboard entertainment, standard power outlets in FC.
738 should have 110 sockets and entertainment.
MDs have DC cigarette lighter-type outlets. Roughly half of the 738s have the same, while the other half have 110 sockets.

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Ah OK. Whats the rear recline like on a 738? Will the seat in front severely close in on my space?
Some of the 738s (the ones with the 110 sockets) have shell type seats that slide forward and limit the recline into the row behind. The older seats are the traditional recliners, but even those do not recline unacceptably into your space like on DL.
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I'm a window guy so either 3F or 6F on the MD80 according to FEBO. I love 5F on the 737-800 because of the extra elbow room.
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Originally Posted by BrassGuru View Post
I love 5F on the 737-800 because of the extra elbow room.
Extra elbow room?
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Hi,

I have a soft spot for the MD80's even if they do not have the IFE as it is a rare opportunity for myself being in the UK to travel on a tail engined airliner and it is very quiet in F.

( the longest flight on the MD80 has been LAX-DFW and have not done overnight flights in them)

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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
Extra elbow room?
Due the the curve of the plane row 5 has extra space between the seat and the airplane wall. It feels more spacious.
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Originally Posted by BrassGuru View Post
Due the the curve of the plane row 5 has extra space between the seat and the airplane wall. It feels more spacious.
Interesting. I'm usually an aisle guy so I hadn't really noticed.
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