Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits 13 August 2008

Which is the best airline seat to book?

Ever got to the check-in desk and the agent asks you what seat you would like to reserve, what an agonizing question, you probably feel that whichever one you choose is going to be the wrong choice. I feel for you, I have been in that same position myself so I would like to share with you some of my experiences, as well as, my clients’ recommendations from their trips to minimize your frustration of this decision.
British Airways: Boeing 747-400 World Traveller
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to London U.K.
Window A/K seats in row 29 on some 747-400 configurations offer great legroom and easy access to the aisle. It is the second row behind a door; there is no window seat in row 28 due to the size of the emergency slide. This allows you to stretch your legs out as there is no seat in front of you, plus you don’t have to deal with the discomfort of the infamous 31″ economy seat pitch. You have the window and an easy way to get out of your seat and stand up without climbing over passengers.
Lufthansa Economy Class: Airbus A340
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Frankfurt
Row 34 A/B/C and opposite side has plenty of legroom because of the location of the Exit.
Zoom Premium Economy Class: Boeing 767-300ER
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Paris, London U.K., Manchester U.K
Watch the seats at the very front of the aircraft. Although they (theoretically) have a bit more legroom than even the regular Premium Economy seats, people of medium height cannot stretch out their legs because of the proximity to the wall. Also, attendants bang on things in the galley. The noise and vibration from this is directly transmitted via the bulkhead wall. It can be very disconcerting.
Thomas Cook Premium Economy Class: Airbus A330 (2-class configuration)
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to London U.K., Manchester U.K (Seasonal)

Seats 1A and 1B in Premium Economy have a huge space in front, up to the bulkhead. Row 14 in Economy has no window (same as Row 10 in the Emirates A330 with same configuration).

Cathay Pacific
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Hong Kong
Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
In Coach, row 55 (bulkhead) tends to be the roomiest. The bonus of having the bulkhead that serves as a “foot rest” makes a long flight a bit more bearable.
Economy Class: Airbus A330
Row 33 in Economy has no window directly beside the seat. Most window seats seem to have the video box under the seat in front, seriously hampering the legroom so you can’t stretch out your legs. It’s tolerable for a short regional hop but not for a long one.
China Airlines Premium Economy: Boeing 747-400
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Taipai.
Upper Deck  – Row 10 upper deck window seat either side. There is a single crew seat that you can pull down and it makes a great bed.
Air Canada
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Various Destinations
Economy Class – B777-200LR
Row 41 is slightly out of alignment with rows 40 downwards because the fuselage starts to taper, so trolleys often hit 40 C & H. This also impacts the TV and tables for row 41 A/B/C & H/J/K. They are uncomfortably off-centre to the normal sitting position because they are on the back of row 40.
Economy Class – B767-300
On the international Boeing 767-300ER (210/212 seats) emergency exit Row 17 and 18 both offer about 3x the normal legroom.
Economy Class – A330-300
Seats 31 A/C/H/K are good because they are at the emergency exit and have unlimited legroom.
Air Transat Economy Class: Airbus A321
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Various Charter Destinations
Row 25 is the exit row with more than double the leg room of other Y seats
If you can choose your seats, recommend any seats from 25A/B to 30A/B or 25J/K to 30J/K. As the aircraft narrows, it goes from 3 to 2 so the seats are bigger – and you are close to the toilets – 4 of the 5 economy toilets are in this area.
Eva Air Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Taipei
Row 35 Seats C/D are right next to a cooling unit in the galley that is noisier than the aircraft engines.
Japan Airlines Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Tokyo
Row 77 H/C are aisle seats on the upper deck exit row. They off lots of legroom. Row 77 A/K are window seats in that exit row which are also good since they offer extra storage in the window compartments. Sitting in any of the other rows on the upper deck especially window seats feel somewhat claustrophobic with the tight legroom and narrow seats. On the Main Deck – 51C or 51H exit row by the galley are great for legroom. AVOID 51A and 51K since the bump at the bottom of the exit door seriously cuts reduces your legroom. Note: JAL seats are narrow and the seat cushion is not the most comfortable. I recommend bringing some kind of padding, especially on those longer flights like NRT-JFK.
WestJet Economy Class: Boeing 737-800
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Various Destinations
The best seats for extra legroom are 13A/B/C and 13D/E/F however, they do not recline. If you are traveling as a couple then consider row 14; it offers just two seats on either side instead of 3.  This gives abit of privacy and a little bit of extra legroom but again these seats do not recline. Seats 15A and 15F offer the best extra legroom on the aircraft AND these seats do recline.  They are ideal seats for single travellers.
Singapore Airlines
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Singapore
Economy Class: Boeing 777-200 (2-class configuration)
I would recommend row 31 as it is at the front of the Economy cabin and it is also adjacent to the exit (which gives ample legroom). The configuration is 2-3-2, therefore the window seats are ideal if traveling with a partner. The toilets are located right in front of you but the flight staff frequently spray sweet-smelling air freshener.
Economy Class: Boeing 777-200
Row 31 is a bassinet row and has extra legroom. However, you run the risk of sitting near babies.
Row 51 is the emergency exit row on this aircraft. If you are unable to obtain the above mentioned seats, seats 52C and 52H do not have seats in front of them so there is extra legroom.
If you would like to sit with just one other person, the two-seaters are 63A/C, 63H/K, 64A/C and 64H/K.
Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
Seats B/C and J/K in row 49. They are the exit seats near the galley but there is no toilet behind them.  The flight staff are very quiet so you won’t be disturbed. They have lots of leg space and you have your personal screen which is even more adjustable to your needs since it is attached to your own seat, not to the one in front of you.

One response to “Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits 13 August 2008

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