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Someone finally explained the windowless window seat

December 20, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Ever wondered why there’s that window seat without a window on a lot of commercial aircraft?

Virgin Australia has taken the trouble to explain it.

“So, you take your seat in 9A, look across to see your fellow passenger in 9F has a window seat, as does the passenger in 8A and 10A,” the airline writes on its blog.

“So, why you? Why 9A?”

Here’s the explanation, courtesy of Virgin Australia.

“On all Boeing 737 aircraft (which make up the majority of the Virgin Australia fleet), air conditioning distribution ducts run through the fuselage, that is, the main body of the aircraft. These ducts run up the side of the fuselage to overhead vents, in the space where a window of seat 9A would normally be, to then deliver air conditioning throughout the cabin via overhead vents.

Here it is, the windowless window seat

“It’s not just a feature of the Boeing 737 aircraft either! You’ll find this on most of their fleet, including (but not limited to) the Boeing 777s, 747s, 757s and even the 737 MAXs. Most Airbus aircraft types also have a similar windowless window seat, so it’s not exclusive to one aircraft type or corporation; it’s actually a pretty common design feature across commercial aircraft.”

If you’re an avid window seat lover, it’s worth noting the following seats are windowless – just to avoid any future disappointment:

  • Seat 9A on Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft
  • Seat 39A on Virgin Australia’s Airbus 330-200 aircraft
  • Seats 21A and 21K on Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Virgin Australia continues: “With this in mind, if you do find yourself sat in one of the ‘windowless window seats’ on your next flight, why not indulge in our award-winning in-flight entertainment, either in your seat back or on your mobile device. It’s even the perfect excuse to catch up on some zzz’s with a quick snooze.

“So next time you’re flying with us, keep an eye out for the windowless window seat and you’ll know that it’s the reason why the aircraft cabin is nicely air conditioned to a comfortable temperature.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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