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Finnair MD-11 Economy Seat Width

Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:01 pm

With much discussion going on about the seat width of 777/787/A330, it made me wonder how wide Finnair's MD-11 seats were in Economy. They had a tight 3-4-3 configuration which was tight for a legacy airline.
Going even further back, Cathay Pacific had 3-4-3 Economy Class in the L1011 Tristar. How wide would those seats be?
 
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Re: Finnair MD-11 Economy Seat Width

Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:14 pm

I once flew their MD-11 from HKG to HEL in 2007. While I can't tell you the seat width in Inches, I recall it was very tight, and on top the armrests were only half of the width of a regular configuration. My shoulder was constantly in touch with my seat neighbour. :crowded:
On the good side there was significantly more seat pitch, I recall I could easily stretch my legs out (which I can't do on any other airline, I'm 1.92m tall).

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Re: Finnair MD-11 Economy Seat Width

Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:01 am

Pacific wrote:
With much discussion going on about the seat width of 777/787/A330, it made me wonder how wide Finnair's MD-11 seats were in Economy. They had a tight 3-4-3 configuration which was tight for a legacy airline.
Going even further back, Cathay Pacific had 3-4-3 Economy Class in the L1011 Tristar. How wide would those seats be?


Actually their MD11 had a mixed configuration, the first third of the Y cabin was 3-4-2 and the rest was 3-4-3. In the 1990s they also had one MD11 with a charter configuration, 400+ seats.

Loran wrote:
I once flew their MD-11 from HKG to HEL in 2007. While I can't tell you the seat width in Inches, I recall it was very tight, and on top the armrests were only half of the width of a regular configuration. My shoulder was constantly in touch with my seat neighbour. :crowded:
On the good side there was significantly more seat pitch, I recall I could easily stretch my legs out (which I can't do on any other airline, I'm 1.92m tall).

Regards,
Loran


I remember the same, tight shoulder room and ok pitch. Can't remember if the seat felt wider in front Y.
 
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Re: Finnair MD-11 Economy Seat Width

Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:23 am

Thank you for the replies. I was fortunate enough to fly in the front 2-4-3 section and did not notice anything regarding seat width; it all felt very normal. From the description, it seems the seats may be less than 17" wide!

Do the seats on a 9-abreast 787 and 10-abreast 777 feel wider than the MD-11s?
 
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Re: Finnair MD-11 Economy Seat Width

Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:26 pm

Pacific wrote:
Thank you for the replies. I was fortunate enough to fly in the front 2-4-3 section and did not notice anything regarding seat width; it all felt very normal. From the description, it seems the seats may be less than 17" wide!

Do the seats on a 9-abreast 787 and 10-abreast 777 feel wider than the MD-11s?


Yes absolutely. Both those would be wider than 10 abreast MD11.
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