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Old Feb 21, 2013, 12:42 pm
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American now has fewer than 30 MD-80s and MD-83s (from TW) for medium haul work; they are scheduled to be replaced by other aircraft by the end of 2019.

First (international Business), rows 3 - 6, is configured in four rows of two (total 16) seats across on each side of the aisle; the port / left side seats have slightly less pitch than starboard. They are all configured with "cigar lighter" 15 VDC electric outlets.

Main Cabin (Coach by any other name), rows 7 - 32, is configured 2 seats across port, 3 starboard. Not all seats have electric outlets (most do). Row 20 (limited recline on window seat) and 21 (no recline limitations) are the Exit rows. Row 19 window seat has no recline at all. The farther aft (back) you are, the louder it will be due to the rear-mounted engines.
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MD-80 / Super 80 best seats (master thread)

Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:52 pm
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MD-80 / Super 80 best seats (master thread)

The Wiki, SeatGuru and SeatExpert all have Y section of AA MD-80 start at Row 7. The seatmap for my flight shows Y starting at Row 8 (AA350 May 8). Have Mad Dogs been recently reconfigured?

P.S. And what's the verdict on bulkhead A/B seats?

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Old Feb 21, 2013, 9:53 am
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Hello legalalien,

Your recent post to the FAQ thread was moved into a new thread, as posts to that thread are meant for discussion of the content of the FAQ itself.

I did a search for seating options for the MD-80 / Super 80, and to my surprise, didn't find any recent threads (there was one that is ~11 years old, so I started this new thread for your question).

If any FT member knows of a more recent thread, please use the "Alert Moderator to this Post" function (the little triangle below each members name in lower left corner of the post) and we'll take care of that.

On a final note, please also see this entry in the AA Wiki, which discusses planes and seats in the AA fleet:
http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index...and_Seats_(AA)

and the thread that discusses Preferred Plus vs. Preferred MD-80 seating: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ting-md80.html

Thanks for your understanding.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by legalalien
The Wiki, SeatGuru and SeatExpert all have Y section of AA MD-80 start at Row 7. The seatmap for my flight shows Y starting at Row 8 (AA350 May 8). Have Mad Dogs been recently reconfigured?

P.S. And what's the verdict on bulkhead A/B seats?
I see that on other future MD80 flights too, but the flights this month that I checked do show row 7.

Th MD-80's are supposed to get Main Cabin Extra, so I'd assume this seat map reflects that.

As far as the bulkhead, in the old (current) configuration, I don't like 7AB. The leg room is pretty bad, and I'm only 5'8". 7EF are a little better, and 7D has the most legroom of any sat on the plane.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 12:51 pm
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Originally Posted by swag
I see that on other future MD80 flights too, but the flights this month that I checked do show row 7.

Th MD-80's are supposed to get Main Cabin Extra, so I'd assume this seat map reflects that.

As far as the bulkhead, in the old (current) configuration, I don't like 7AB. The leg room is pretty bad, and I'm only 5'8". 7EF are a little better, and 7D has the most legroom of any sat on the plane.
Thanks for the feedback! I assume MCE bulkhead should be fine as far as legroom is concerned, so I'll keep our 7A/B, and if our plane is swithced to an old one, we won't be in the bulkhead row anymore. Win-win?
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 9:04 pm
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I'm a recent convert to 7A. The last two MD-80s I've flown in Y (both RDU-DFW, ~3 hours) I changed from 21A to 7A a check-in when 7A opened up. You get about the same legroom as 21A (maybe a little less) but you get off the plane 14 rows quicker which is a big deal to me. Plus, quicker beverage in the air and a (total conjecture here) slightly higher chance of an empty seat next to you as these seats are check-in only and rows 20 and 21 are available at booking.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 9:55 pm
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The MD-80 MCE conversion began last month and is supposed to be done in the second quarter:

Factors contributing to this estimated reduction in capacity include the absence of Leap Day in 2013, and progress American has made in implementing its Main Cabin Extra program removing seats from the coach cabin. To date, American has completed the retrofit of its Boeing 757 and 767 fleets, has completed approximately half of its 737 fleet, and will commence the retrofit of the MD-80 fleet in January 2013 with completion targeted for the second quarter.
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I have a flight on the 28th of March (departing SAN for DFW) and the row in Y starts in 8 and I can select the seat. So I guess it's been confirmed. I have no idea how to post a picture on here or I would. However, it still seems as if Row 8 D-F are still blocked and under airport control.
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Old Mar 1, 2013, 1:15 pm
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MD 80 Seating

Is AA putting MCE in the MD 80s? I thought not, but.......

I am on MD 80s ORD-DCA in early April and on both the outbound and return coach seating starts with row 8 and not 7. The exit rows are still 20 and 21. I normally get upgraded but always chose 20 or 21 B or C (assuming they are available) just in case. I grabbed 8B this time thinking more leg room up front (I am 6'4" so I appreciate a little more room). But I am not convinced that the seating chart is right. The open seats are green and not blue. But then where did the extra row go?

Anyone run into this?

Flights are 1452 and 1987. April 10 and 11.
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Originally Posted by wjj
Is AA putting MCE in the MD 80s? I thought not, but.......

I am on MD 80s ORD-DCA in early April and on both the outbound and return coach seating starts with row 8 and not 7. The exit rows are still 20 and 21. I normally get upgraded but always chose 20 or 21 B or C (assuming they are available) just in case. I grabbed 8B this time thinking more leg room up front (I am 6'4" so I appreciate a little more room). But I am not convinced that the seating chart is right. The open seats are green and not blue. But then where did the extra row go?

Anyone run into this?

Flights are 1452 and 1987. April 10 and 11.
See http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...solidated.html
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Old Mar 1, 2013, 1:25 pm
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Sorry. I missed that. Thanks.
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AA recently announced that it anticipated finishing the MD-80 MCE conversion sometime in the second quarter of this year.
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My wife and I have a trip on an MD-80 in May and I was able to select 8 A&B, which showed as the first row in coach. I assume that is MCE.

AA removed a row to make MCE a legitimate bump in legroom. Much better than DL did for its Economy "Comfort" on most of its planes.
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Originally Posted by Stripe
My wife and I have a trip on an MD-80 in May and I was able to select 8 A&B, which showed as the first row in coach. I assume that is MCE.

AA removed a row to make MCE a legitimate bump in legroom. Much better than DL did for its Economy "Comfort" on most of its planes.

But if they took out the old MD-80 seats and installed articulating recline seats instead (a little bird tells me these are the same seats used in the backs of police cruisers), then it's a downgrade.
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Old Mar 1, 2013, 4:48 pm
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But if they took out the old MD-80 seats and installed articulating recline seats instead (a little bird tells me these are the same seats used in the backs of police cruisers), then it's a downgrade.
AA is not installing new econ seats in any MD-80s. Those thin torture chairs will be reserved for 777s, 757s, 738s and probably the 763s that get the new lie-flat J (approx half the fleet).
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Originally Posted by FWAAA
AA is not installing new econ seats in any MD-80s. Those thin torture chairs will be reserved for 777s, 757s, 738s and probably the 763s that get the new lie-flat J (approx half the fleet).
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