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Re: The Surprising Reason Why Airplane Seats Don't Align With Windows

Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:52 am

Interesting thanks. I get really annoyed when I don't get a full window, but it makes sense. They are in the business of making money so that is a priority to them - within reason of not having too many customer complaints.

The aircraft I have been on, the window miss thing does not happen that often so I think that they do try, at least Qantas I am referring to here.

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Re: The Surprising Reason Why Airplane Seats Don't Align With Windows

Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:20 pm

renu wrote:
Have you ever wondered why your airplane seat never quite seems to line up with the nearest window — forever threatening to foil your perfect "I'm about to land on this gorgeous island while you're at work, sucker" photo?

It turns out there's actually a simple explanation — and it's not anything related to the mechanics of aviation, as you might expect.

According to Today I Found Out, which explains everyday phenomena in plain-spoken videos, the seats are arranged however the airlines want after the planes' construction. And airlines care way more about maximizing their profits than they do about your darn view.

"While airplane manufacturers do design the planes with general row positioning and pitch in mind, with the windows often lining up with the seats, the designers’ exact recommended arrangement is rarely, if ever, followed. You see, the final placement of seats is left up to the individual airlines that purchase the plane," the video says.

Planes have multiple tracks on the floors on which the seats mount, which allows them to be moved closer together or farther apart as needed.

"As is readily apparent to anyone who’s flown recently... airlines are increasingly less about the comfort of their customers, who often have little other choice but to take planes for fast, long-distance travel, and more about how much money can be sucked out of each flight," according to the video. "Since passenger seating is the biggest money maker for airlines, they try to cram as many seats, and therefore as many potential customers, as possible on a plane."

So there you have it: You have to crane your neck to look out the window as a matter not of aviation science — but merely of dollars and cents.



New poster, this is their only post. Little clickbaity no? This is an av website, most people here I'd think are well aware that the window spacing won't change as seat pitch/count does. Only exception I can think of is blanked out windows for lavs/galleys etc. but those don't change the window spacing at all, or the seat alignment, merely deleting windows where they aren't necessary. Aside from that, some aircraft have slightly odd window spacing for some seats (737 has a windowless row because of AC ducting, 787 has a windowless row due to the body joint IIRC, as seen here)Image
 
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Re: The Surprising Reason Why Airplane Seats Don't Align With Windows

Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:14 am

You should have seen DC-8s in their later years of passenger service. The windows were arranged for 40" seat pitch IIRC, which was reduced to 34" eventually. Ouch.
 
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Re: The Surprising Reason Why Airplane Seats Don't Align With Windows

Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:24 am

diverted wrote:
New poster, this is their only post. Little clickbaity no? This is an av website, most people here I'd think are well aware that the window spacing won't change as seat pitch/count does.


Yeah, I just can't wait for OP's explanation of why the landing gear features wheels that can spin.

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