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Windowless window seat.

Andy Parker

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I should have checked seat guru. Just Returned from Queenstown flying Qantas 737-800. Booked row 9 A,B,C and was looking forward to seeing the NZ southern alps on departure out of Queenstown. Couldn't believe it when I took my seat to find to my horror that row 9 doesn't have a window. I looked at my online booking and the clues were all there, the other tickets specifically said (window) or (aisle) as applicable but the row 9 ticket had nothing mentioned for seat A. I shall be more careful with future bookings.
 

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Maybe QF should market 9A and 9F on these 738s as non-aisle, non-centre seats? :p

If memory serves there is some electrical stuff in the wall. AC unit?
 

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Nice diagram Happy Trails. And the airstairs take me back.... was it the 727 or DC9 that last had that here? :)
 
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SeatGuru is a must for any window seat fans for this reason.

If you're flying on the Qantas 787, be sure to also avoid rows 44 and 57 if you're going for a window seat.
 
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Fortunately Qantas are trialing an enhancement, whereby you'll need to pay to select row 9 if you don't have status. I imagine they'll be receiving great feedback from the trial.

 
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Fortunately Qantas are trialing an enhancement, whereby you'll need to pay to select row 9 if you don't have status. I imagine they'll be receiving great feedback from the trial.

I actually thought you were joking until I loaded the article you linked to, then I had to check the article to make sure it wasn't dated April 1st. That is hilarious.

Works for me. I would never select row 9 even if it was free, so I'm certainly not going to select it at a cost.
 

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Always next Jul.
YouTube is a plus too.

I flew NZ from CHC to AKL on Sat.
On take off, I could see some of the Southern Alps, but after a while, the plane started to fly above the clouds, so no nice view as when arriving in ZQN/CHC when the plane has to come in lower, thus better views.
When they say NZ is the land of the Long White Cloud, its true, its very very weird and strange, that the cloud formation would cover (at this time of the year), the majority of the view of the alps.
If you have another chance, fly MEL to ZQN, and have a window seat, from what I see on Youtube, its a very good viewing pleasure on plane incoming into ZQN.
Sorry, I had to start work earlier on this morning, so couldn't write a lot.

See pic below, you can see the clouds.
If you want more pics, I do have a few more.

One more.
 

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Depending on wind/weather, the approach into ZQN takes you pretty close to the mountain tops and is one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world.
BTW, moist westerly air hits north-south mountain range = cloud. Not strange at all.
 

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My best one (trip) to see the Southern Alps snow, was to fly the EK 380 SYD - CHC in J on the A side, thats past the wings, and as the plane flew over, (this was about 2015 or so), and it was the best view.
Have also done F on that route.
This time round, I thought sitting on row F on NZ from MEL - CHC, that I could have a look, or try to see Mt Cook, but no luck, the capt on that flight said due to cloud, nothing much was visible, which was true.
I tried to strain my eyes to see Mt Cook, but no luck.
So, OP, if you have another chance, book that EK 380, and pick to sit on side A, either J class or F, and as the plane comes in lower, of course it depends on ATC and the capt, but that one trip was one of my best so far.
OT, planning to do Japan one Dec, maybe go via QF SYD - HND, and then go to Otsuku, outside Tokyo for the real snow experience.
Yes, its not cheap in J, but JL premY OR JL via MEL (to NRT) is not that $$$.
Timings also suit me if I finish work by 4.30pm, get to MEL, then get the JL flight to NRT, dep after midnight , arr a bit after sunrise, sitting on the right side will have a good view of sunrise.
Will end my diatribe here.
 
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I should have checked seat guru. Just Returned from Queenstown flying Qantas 737-800. Booked row 9 A,B,C and was looking forward to seeing the NZ southern alps on departure out of Queenstown. Couldn't believe it when I took my seat to find to my horror that row 9 doesn't have a window. I looked at my online booking and the clues were all there, the other tickets specifically said (window) or (aisle) as applicable but the row 9 ticket had nothing mentioned for seat A. I shall be more careful with future bookings.
I’m a avid window lover too and this happened to me! Seatguru is a must as referred up above!
 

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Bit IT, but if anyone is going to use the JL 787 for a hint of very early daylight (or hint of early morning light or just a hint of daylight) MEL or SYD to NRT in Y, as mentioned above, the 787 also has a few windowless seats.
Not sure but I think the CX 350 does not have them.
Both these airlines are in OW, but of course SC earnings are less than flying QF.
 

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Seatguru is not infallible. On a 3 class CX A330 a few weeks ago, choice of 18A or 20K left. Seatguru mentioned random things about both that could be ‘bothersome’, nothing about missing windows, so went for 18A due to a vague memory of something about it. Boarded and discovered the something was a missing window:oops:. There is a window further forward, suited only to limbo dancers. Nothing handy about vague memories.

Cheers skip
 

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Maybe QF should market 9A and 9F on these 738s as non-aisle, non-centre seats? :p

If memory serves there is some electrical stuff in the wall. AC unit?
The air con pack ducts are underneath the fuselage there. The distribution is then up the side of the fuselage to the overhead vents.
 

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Its a little hit and miss with row 9 honestly, as some models have a window there and others don't. I have flown row 9 on QF 73s in the past and had a rather nice view out of the window that was there, but apparently some aircraft don't have it. Best to check seat selection just before boarding when the aircraft operating the route has been assigned so you can get a better idea of whether 9 has windows or not
 

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