The skinny on legroom in coach|
Keith L. Alexander, The Washington Post
Friday, April 19, 2002
Savvy travelers know that all coach seats are not created equal.
It's well known that bulkhead seats often have more legroom. But other seats do, too, because sometimes the size and configuration of planes makes it difficult to distribute the space equally among rows. Here's a list of the coach seats that offer a little bit more stretching room:
Airbus 319: Row 9, Seats A and F. Perfect for passengers who hate having reclining seats plop in their laps. (Row 8 is an exit row, so the seats don't go down.) Another plus - there are only two seats on both sides of the aisle in Row 9, and no seat in front of A and F. This plane is used on North American flights only.
Boeing 737-300: Row 10, Seats A and F. Similar to the Airbus 319, just one row back. Also used only on North American routes.
Dornier 328: Row 12, Seat B. Although it's the last seat on the plane and next to the lavatory, there is no seat directly in front of it. This 32-seat plane is used on United Express flights.
Boeing 777: Row 44, Seats C through G. There's more legroom in these seats because they are in front of the emergency exits over the wings. This plane is used on U.S. domestic and international flights.
Boeing 767-400: Row 33, Seats C, D and E. This plane is only used on domestic flights. Just like the Boeing 777, this row also has the extra space because the seats are next to an emergency exit door.
Boeing MD-11: Row 37, Seats C through G. The plane's configuration just gave this row more space. Also, Row 54 through 56, Seats H and J. These seats, dubbed crew rest seats, are very desirable - they recline further and have more legroom than regular coach seats. They're normally reserved for nonworking crew members traveling to their next assignment, but can be booked by passengers, said a Delta spokesman, Anthony Black.
Boeing 767-300ER: Row 38 and 39, Seats F and G. More crew rest seats!
Airbus 320: Rows 6 through 8, two more inches of legroom because they are in exit rows. Rows 11 through 21 have an extra inch of legroom. This plane is used on short domestic flights.
Airbus 319: Rows 10 through 17 have two more inches of legroom. Used on short-haul flights.
Boeing 757: Row 8, Seats D and E. US Airways chose not to put a galley in this space - which is behind the bulkhead - and the result is more legroom. This plane is used on short domestic flights.
Boeing 737-800: Rows 7 and 8, Seats D, E and F. About an inch more legroom. This plane is used on domestic and international flights.
Boeing 737-900: Rows 17 through 20, Seats A through F. Additional legroom. Used on international and domestic flights.
Boeing 757-200: Row 8, Seats A, B and C, and Row 9, Seats A through F. This aircraft is used on international and domestic routes.
Boeing MD-80: Rows 6 through 14, Seats A and C. This aircraft is used only on domestic flights.
Many of the airlines offer seating charts on their Web sites, although these seats cannot always be reserved in advance. Some airlines, such as Delta, allow passengers to purchase particular seats only at the airport.