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Where should three BIG adults sit on one big Virgin Boeing 747-400?

Discussion in 'SeatExpert' started by @SeatExpert, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. @SeatExpert

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    Some of our staff members are big or tall, and a few are both, so we certainly understand your concerns to be as comfortable as possible on the long flight.
    The best choice for your family of three is probably to go for the pairs of seats along the rear fuselage on the Boeing 747-400 serving your route. Due to the tapering of the fuselage, there is not enough room for the standard three seats at the last few rows. This means that there is no middle seat, just a window and aisle, so these are naturally more comfortable.
    However note that their location near the back of the plane also has its negative points:
    1. Later meal service, which means they might not have your choice of meals available
    2. Last to deplane, hence longer queue at Immigrations
    3. The further back on the plane you sit, the more sideways motion you are likely to experience during turbulence
    4. You are more likely to be seated amongst tour groups or families traveling with children
    5. Sometimes the bins above the last few rows are used for emergency equipment, making it harder to find overhead bin space
    Also, depending on the specific row, the window seat is mounted farther from the window than normal, making it a little harder to see out. This also means that there is some room to put your personal belongings between the seat and the fuselage.

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  2. Cosmos Human
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    Cosmos Human Silver Member

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    I always though the exit row seats had the most leg room.
  3. Mundivaganti
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    Exit rows are my choice, as a "big" person, but they often have immovable armrests (solid walls, armrests don't go up). I like it, as once I am wedged in I don't have to worry about my hips moving into the next seat and making contact with the person next to me. (My hips ARE attached, and don't wander at will, but I think you know what I mean.) And I like having the window seat so I can scootch towards the wall a bit.

    On the 747-400 I would be partial to the exit rows unless you have party members who really don't fit a seat. Virgin regular seats are 17.5 (which is what I usually have to work with) and their premium economy is 21" I would go with the latter if possible. With any luck you may find there are empty seats when the plane takes off, and the three of you can move to a center section where you can split 5 seats between you. (Not likely, but maybe!)

    In any case, here is my final tip: if you get less than desirable seats, ask the gate agent if there are any empty seats and if there are ask to be seated next to one. That is always a bonus, and even more so if you are big, tall -- or both.

    Let us know how you fare.
  4. anabolism
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    "Where should three BIG adults sit on one big Virgin Boeing 747-400?" Um, Virgin Upper Class, of course.

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