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747 J Seat Selection (nose cone vs. upper deck)

747 J Seat Selection (nose cone vs. upper deck)

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Old Apr 7, 19, 9:58 pm
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747 J Seat Selection (nose cone vs. upper deck)

I am flying SFO-SYD on QF 74 in J with a companion. Trying to decide between 1A/B (nose cone) and 11 A/B (first row upper deck). Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 11:40 pm
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Some personal preference, but I always like the upper deck, for the "private cabin" feeling, with only the upper deck PAX and two Flight Attendants just for that cabin. The nose tapers, and has a closet in the front in front of row 1. It was nice as the F cabin, but not so much for me with the J seats there.
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Old Apr 8, 19, 4:37 am
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Iím not a fan of a bulkhead or wall right infront of me. Row 2 or 12 in the 744 works nicely (for me). UD seats bounce when heavy footed crew walk past. LD gets a better window view (slightly forward and better ground perspective). Front of UD wonít be early off the aircraft whereas thereís a better chance on the LD if door 1 is used. More chance to store large carry on bags in LD overhead lockers.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 1:07 pm
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Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning toward row 1 vs. row 11 (rows 2 and 12 aren't available), but I'm relatively tall (about 6'2''), so I do worry about feeling cramped due to the curvature/tapering of the pointy end. I found a trip report that suggests it's not actually that cramped-feeling, though, and that even the aisle seats (1B and 1J) don't seem that close together. I think we'll stick with 1A/B for now, which I had to call Qantas to request (even as OW Emerald)... took two agents, a supervisor, and about 90 minutes of my time to make it happen.
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I've done both...
  • If you've never done the upper level, do that in row 11 or 14. Much more quiet I think than lower deck.
  • However, on my upcoming trip to SCL we've booked row 1 which is kinda need to be in front of the pilots when flying (and the angled views) ... but selected it because 11 wasn't available.
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For me, the 'nose' is preferable. Upper deck has low ceilings and bounce in the floor. Plus, it's pretty much the same as flying a 737 transpac. You can always walk up the stairs if you haven't done it before.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 9:01 am
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DFW-SYD Upper Deck Failure

The last time I flew in the Upper Deck on a 747 was between DFW and SYD. The IFE was down, at-seat power was down, and the personal reading light was also down for the whole cabin. QANTAS sort of made-good on the shortfall, but It was simply a terrible J experience!

So my advice is donít fly in the Upper Deck.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 4:07 pm
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A 747 between DFW and SYD was how many years ago (ie pre-refurb to Skybed II?)
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The 744 flew DFW-BNE-SYD in both 3 class (current) and 4 class (older) configurations.
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Originally Posted by serfty View Post
The 744 flew DFW-BNE-SYD in both 3 class (current) and 4 class (older) configurations.
... which we know is taken over by the 388 non-stop (as of 2014). Every 744 cabin has undergone a refresh. Some bigger than others (tail OEB having the least).
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Originally Posted by RealityBites View Post
The last time I flew in the Upper Deck on a 747 was between DFW and SYD. The IFE was down, at-seat power was down, and the personal reading light was also down for the whole cabin. QANTAS sort of made-good on the shortfall, but It was simply a terrible J experience!

So my advice is donít fly in the Upper Deck.
The last time I flew a 747 in United F, I sat in 1A. The Betamax tape player jammed and so I couldn't watch the IFE. So I recommend the upper deck.
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on QF their 747 seat 1 does NoT have angled view like other airlines. there is large closet at fron so your seat 1A barely has angled pilot view... also leg room was limited...

i would say row 2 is way roomier than row 1. but you disembark later than others.

i like the openness of main cabin vs the upper deck
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Old Apr 12, 19, 5:25 am
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Originally Posted by fakecd View Post
on QF their 747 seat 1 does NoT have angled view like other airlines. there is large closet at fron so your seat 1A barely has angled pilot view... also leg room was limited...

i would say row 2 is way roomier than row 1. but you disembark later than others.

i like the openness of main cabin vs the upper deck
Yes. Minimal overhead storage for row 1. Crew accessing the forward cupboard/ closet are annoying if trying to rest in row 1. In spite of the closet stealing the best angled views, all LD windows have a better ground view than UD windows.
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On my very short flight, I loved the upper deck.
BNE - SYD in J!
Short flight for me, and no comparison, of course to the long flight you will take, but I would do the bubble again upstairs.
Have flown the EK 380 as well, both J and F upstairs, also short stints, to various cities (Au - NZ before EK pulled out of Au - AKL direct flights).
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Old Apr 13, 19, 12:01 am
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Originally Posted by AustralianPoochie View Post
On my very short flight, I loved the upper deck.
BNE - SYD in J!
Short flight for me, and no comparison, of course to the long flight you will take, but I would do the bubble again upstairs.
Have flown the EK 380 as well, both J and F upstairs, also short stints, to various cities (Au - NZ before EK pulled out of Au - AKL direct flights).
A one hour flight is pretty useless as a comparison to overnight Tpac. The UD on a 747 bounces a lot when crew walk past, and given the Skybed is uncomfortable to begin with the bounce hardly makes for a pleasant flight. There's no comparison between the UD on an A380 and on the 747. They're totally different beasts.
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