Best seat on 737-900ER?

Old Feb 13, 14, 1:50 pm
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Best seat on 737-900ER?

I'm on a flight ATL-SEA (5.5 hours) on a 737-900ER this weekend and I only have a few options for seats since I booked last minute. Trying to decide between 1C, 1D, 2D. Does anyone know how close the bulkhead is on these planes? I generally don't like window seats so I am inclined to pick 1C but it seems very close to a galley on the seat map. I can't find any pictures or descriptions on FT or google.

I might be willing to take 2D if the bulkhead seats are particularly bad...
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Old Feb 13, 14, 2:05 pm
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Despise this aircraft. First Class is hardly more than Econ comfort. Take the last row, avoid the bulkhead, and hope for the best.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 3:00 pm
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I have sat in 1B and 1C.

From what I could see while I was in 1B, 1A is the seat to avoid in the bulkhead. Your right leg will have good room due to a cutout in the bulkhead wall for your feet. Unfortunately the cutout doesn't go all the way to the sidewall, so your left leg is very cramped. Avoid 1A

1B is a good seat in my opinion. Both legs get the cutout at the floor, making decent space to stretch out. Still can't fully stretch your legs out, but I think the room is fine.

1C and 1D are standard domestic First Class bulkhead seats in my opinion. Feels about the same as a 75X, MD90, MD88, etc. Which is to say the legroom is adequate, but by no means spacious or luxurious.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 3:03 pm
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Avoid the bulkhead like the plague. My legs fell asleep sitting in 1D and I spent the whole flight staring at somebody's nasty footprints on the wall. I'm 5'10" and it sucked so anyone taller is really screwed. Only 1B has even a cutout for your feet.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by DLATL777 View Post
Despise this aircraft. First Class is hardly more than Econ comfort. Take the last row, avoid the bulkhead, and hope for the best.
Don't take 5C or 5D, they have limited recline.

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Old Feb 13, 14, 3:25 pm
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Best seat on 737-900ER?

There is no cutout on the 1C/D side but for that long of a flight I would value the ease of access to the aisle much more. If you need to stretch you can stand up.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 4:10 pm
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There is no cutout on the 1C/D side but for that long of a flight I would value the ease of access to the aisle much more. If you need to stretch you can stand up.
That is sort of my view as well. I prefer aisle seats and that is the only aisle available. Would prefer 2B/C but no luck unfortunately.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 4:29 pm
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5A-B are the best seats on that plane. Did a red-eye from SFO to DTW on one and was stuck in 5D. Limited recline.

If you don't plan on sleeping, i.e., needing to stretch out, take the aisle if that's what you prefer. I personally prefer windows on long flights because I rarely get up and don't want to get stuck in the aisle having to let out someone who gets up 27 times.

As for me, I avoid the bulkhead b/c I'm 6'5". The bulkhead on this plane did not look any roomier than any other.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 4:30 pm
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How about best coach seats?
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Old Feb 13, 14, 7:37 pm
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Originally Posted by MEMLawGuy View Post
5A-B are the best seats on that plane
I've seen this mentioned a few times. What makes 5AB better than, say, 2AB? I prefer windows as well, especially when they line up well with the row.

We are in 2A and B right now, but would switch if they are better.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 8:07 pm
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The best seat is 1C...the sooner you can get off this plane the better...and the worst seat....it's in the lavatory....
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Old Feb 13, 14, 10:04 pm
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How about best coach seats?
10A or C are probably the least bad coach seats. I'm not sure the 739 has a best seat in any cabin, it's mainly about minimizing the discomfort and choosing the least bad option.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 10:12 pm
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F: Any row except row 1. But since you're stuck with row 1, probably 1B. As others have mentioned, there's a small excuse for a foot cutout.

Y: 10ABC, preferably A or C. Most legroom in Y, except for the funky exit rows. But beware, the A and F exit rows with a missing seat in front have the AVOD mounted on the seat 2 rows ahead. That's made worse when the person two rows ahead reclines; good luck seeing anything at that point.

Here's a pic of row 1 I snapped as I made my way to row 5.

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Old Feb 13, 14, 11:53 pm
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I don't think there are any good seats on this aircraft. I will fly at inconvenient times between DTW/LAX to get on the older 767 rather than have to endure 5 hours on the 739.

That said, I'd probably opt for row 1, even though a lot of other people won't. The seats are just so close with enough recline, that it's very uncomfortable when the person in front of you reclines. You can't see the screen, it's a very tight seating arrangement.
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Old Feb 14, 14, 12:01 pm
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Why is this plane so bad? Did they cram in more seats? I'm flying it SFO to ATL and back in a few months.
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