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Everything you wanted to know about where to sit on a United Express CRJ-200

Everything you wanted to know about where to sit on a United Express CRJ-200

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  • This plane has two seats on each side of the cabin and a single aisle.
  • Carry-on space is very limited; most roll-aboard luggage will need to be gate-checked.
  • The aisle armrests of the non-window seats can be raised to allow for a little more room.
  • The exit row seats (Row 8), marketed as Preferred Seating, do not have any significant amount of additional pitch and there is no arm rest next to the window.
    • On a small number of aircraft the rows are number 1-12, 14 and exit row is row 8
  • Row 1 is marketed as Preferred Seating Economy Plus, however there is no significant amount of additional pitch. The bulkhead at this row means limited space to stretch your legs compared to other rows, and there is little overhead space available.
  • Row 2-5 are marketed as Preferred Seating blocked for elites, but are standard pitch -- no extra leg space
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Old Mar 18, 21, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by richarddd View Post
FWIW, almost all of our recent (pre-covid) flights were international J, so the contrast could be a bit jarring.
I once came off a 12 hour NH F flight to transfer to a WhiskeyJet 200. Ouch.

Edit to add: Just checked, it was actually F in an ERJ 175 but now that route is all -200s. PTSD from that I suppose
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Old Mar 18, 21, 10:01 am
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On the bright side it's not the worst 50 seater I've ever flown, that would be a YAK-50 from Odessa to Kiev on one of the now long gone Babyflots. Built and rode like a tank.

As far as seats on the CRJ-200, I'd prefer anything on another type of plane.
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Old Mar 18, 21, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by ttuna3 View Post
On the bright side it's not the worst 50 seater I've ever flown, that would be a YAK-50 from Odessa to Kiev on one of the now long gone Babyflots. Built and rode like a tank.

As far as seats on the CRJ-200, I'd prefer anything on another type of plane.
Isn't a Yak-50 a single seat aerobatic monoplane? That would be a great ride!
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Old Mar 18, 21, 11:20 am
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atword,

You're right, I messed up the number. It was a YAK 40.

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Old Mar 18, 21, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by MBS MillionMiler View Post
I consider myself one of the ďkingsĒ (joker might be more appropriate) of this plane. Iím sure Iíve said it up thread over the years, but my math tells me Iíve flown somewhere around 700 segments on the -200.

What everyone says, especially about the horrible design of the low seat back, cramped window seats with no shoulder width, no legroom and (almost) all seats being equal(ly bad) are true. Itís not even close, this is the most passenger-unfriendly plane in Unitedís (Express) fleet, and arguably the worst 50-seater ever builtóif thereís a worse one, I havenít been on it.
On the bright side, you chose 1B and 1C a few hundred of times on CRJ-200. These are the only two seats that I would choose.
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Old Mar 18, 21, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by EmailKid View Post
Now there's an understatement ......

And as someone who has spent time on Devi's Chariot, I will disagree with my learned fellow posters and say that exit row DOES have an extra inch or two of legroom no matter what they claim. Not like a regular exit row of course, but still ....
You are totally right. In the exit row my knees don't touch the seatback in front of me like it does in other rows. When I cannot reserve seat 1B, I always choose seat 8B or 8C. Seat 1C is released later but I always worry that they will need it back and send me to a window seat.
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Old Mar 18, 21, 6:59 pm
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Originally Posted by StuckinITH View Post
You are totally right. In the exit row my knees don't touch the seatback in front of me like it does in other rows. When I cannot reserve seat 1B, I always choose seat 8B or 8C. Seat 1C is released later but I always worry that they will need it back and send me to a window seat.
Interesting, I havenít noticed 1C being blocked on most of my flights as I usually pick that over B since the C/D side has overhead space. It seems like when itís not available, both C and D are taken (likely actually chosen by people).

Is 1C saved for wheelchair/disabled?
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Old Mar 18, 21, 7:37 pm
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Originally Posted by UVU Wolverine View Post
Interesting, I havenít noticed 1C being blocked on most of my flights as I usually pick that over B since the C/D side has overhead space. It seems like when itís not available, both C and D are taken (likely actually chosen by people).

Is 1C saved for wheelchair/disabled?
Now I don't know why I thought that seat 1C was reserved until 24 hours prior to the flight. I have not flown since March 7, 2020 which means that I have not taken a CR2 since then. When life was normal, I used to have to take 2 CR2s on every trip: the first leg when leaving home and the last leg when coming back.
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Old Mar 18, 21, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by StuckinITH View Post
Now I don't know why I thought that seat 1C was reserved until 24 hours prior to the flight. I have not flown since March 7, 2020 which means that I have not taken a CR2 since then. When life was normal, I used to have to take 2 CR2s on every trip: the first leg when leaving home and the last leg when coming back.
Iíve been on one every week since Trans States shuttered last April. Commutair will be filling that role the end of this month though so no more CRJ-200!!!!

I donít think 1C is normally blocked however.

One word of caution though if you do pick row 1: youíre the first one likely to be moved for weight and balance. It happened to me a few weeks ago. Seat 1C to seat 13B next to the lav...
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