Don’t miss out on this flying favourite

Looking forward to your window seat?

You’ve done everything right, checked in early and bagged your favourite seat online or even paid extra for that coveted spot, only to find when you are settled in that where the window should be is a blank wall.

Thanks for nothing airline.

Well, it turns out plane walls are for things other than just windows. The cheek of it.

There’s stuff such as vital cables and structural supports, things that make the plane fly well, so you can’t get too angry. Well, maybe a little angry.

It would be especially hard for a little tacker who had been looking forward to enjoying looking out the window.

Well, according to Executive Traveller, there are seats to avoid if you want to get the best view. Or who knows, maybe you don’t want to be distracted and a smooth surface to rest your pillow and weary head against is more important.

I know a few frequent flyers for whom the thrill of flying is well and truly over and the possibility of a decent kip would be much more appealing.

Anyway, Executive Traveller’s guide is as follows:

Qantas Boeing 737: seats 9A and 9F are both missing a window.

Qantas Boeing 787-9: seats 44A, 44K, 57A and 57K are all missing a window.

Qantas Airbus A330-300: seats 28A and 28K are missing a window.

Virgin Australia Boeing 737: seat 9A is missing a window

Regional Express Boeing 737: seat 9A is missing a window

Regional Express Saab 340: seats 2A and 2C are missing a window

If you are treating yourself to business class, watch out for British Airways Airbus A380. The 50A and 50K seats are adjacent to a blank wall and same for Singapore Airline’s Boeing 787-10 seats 16A and 16K. I’d want an extra glass of champagne to make up for that.

There is a whole science to the best seats, but if it all gets a bit much SeatGuru is here to help.

Simply type in your airline, date of travel and flight number and the Guru will bring up your plane and the best seats to book for reclining, space and avoiding the toilets.

The site also provides an overview of the plane, such as how seating classes, extras such as in-flight entertainment and what catering is available.

It covers a lot of flights, but not all, for example small regional airlines may not make the cut.

Is a window seat important to you? Do you select a seat early or take your chances when you board? We’d love to hear your favourite tactics for the best seat in the comments section below.

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Jan Fisher
Jan Fisher
Accomplished journalist, feature writer and sub-editor with impressive knowledge of the retirement landscape, including retirement income, issues that affect Australians planning and living in retirement, and answering YLC members' Age Pension and Centrelink questions. She has also developed a passion for travel and lifestyle writing and is fast becoming a supermarket savings 'guru'.
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