Air Asia X. July 2011.
Me, what I like is having free seats next to mine!

The Best Place to Sit on a Plane

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  Between Two Journeys

Sometimes you can choose your seat on the plane. Dilemma : is it best to sit in the front, middle or rear of the plane ?

Which seat to choose?

CLARIFICATION : Dear subscribers, who came to read this article because you received a notification email on September 4, 2019, this article is not a "new" post but an old one. Its first publication actually dates back to 2010... Sorry for this very unintentional bug and my apologies for "polluting" your mailbox with a useless message while there was no update. 

I'm going to fly away soon, for another getaway to Southeast Asia !!! The airline I fly with allows you to pre-select online your seat in the aircraft. I looove it !

On the Emirates site, you can choose your seat on the plane.
On the website of some airlines, you can choose your place on the plane at the time of booking, or check-in online.

Just tick a small square in the online reservation manager for the desired seat. But here it is, despite my excitement, when I was ready to click, I had some doubts...

So, before deciding, I went to type on Google: best seat in plane. It's clever ... Now I do not know which seat to choose!

Window seat : my favorite place to sit on a plane

I mean, usually, I know. Whenever possible, I always grab a window seat. No doubt about that : I like to look outside, to keep an eye on the takeoff, the landing, I like to see the clouds, the lights of the cities at night, the mosaic of the fields, the blue expanse of the oceans.

And then the side corner makes it possible to put a cushion, a pillow, to support your head, to be more comfortable, to soothe your neck. I am a big fan of the window seat.

Lion Air. Indonesia. July 2012.
Hurray for the window seat !

And when I need to get out of the row, I politely bother my neighbors with a big smile (telling myself, after all, that it's good for everyone to move a bit). If they are asleep, I sometimes dare (only when we are in the middle of the "night" on a long-haul flight and the whole cabin is in the dark) to step over their knees as I climb onto my seat to sneak past them weightlessly from arm to arm in socks... Oftentimes they don't even notice. At the very worst, they open their eyes and watch me do so, a little appalled but not displeased that they didn't have to get up.

Anyway. The window seat is my first choice, this goes without saying for me.

Of course, seats at emergency exits are the most popular, as there is legroom. But by the time I make my reservation, they're all already taken or pre-empted. Too bad.

View of the porthole in a Lion Air plane. Indonesia, March 2013.
I am a fan of the porthole, if only for the view ...

In the front, middle or rear of the plane?

In fact, what I'm wondering is which window seat to choose : front, middle or rear of the aircraft ?

It's strange that I'm concerned about this detail now, when I've already taken dozens and dozens of planes, especially since this is not the first time I've chosen my seat beforehand online. Usually I do it without any qualms. And I'm not prone to being scared in the air.

Though. I invite you to read again a few posts published on this blog :
→ Traffic jams of the sky
→ Effective prayers on Lion Air
Thirteen takeoffs and thirteen landings
The fright of flying (the only time I was really scared)
Do your prayers on Lion Air (bis)

😱

In the Air Asia plane.
Where are we best on the plane? Front, middle or back?

So, because of Google, I found a lot of links on the subject. I retain three things from this:

  • 1 - There is a better chance of surviving an air crash if you are seated in the rear of the plane. This is stated in a statistical study of aircraft accidents in the United States since the 1970s...
  • 2 - But the flight is less pleasant (or even more frightening) in the rear of the plane, because you can feel the turbulence more. And when landing, we are usually in the last to leave the aircraft. Not ideal, we end up at the end of an endless queue for transit checks or formalities on arrival. Better to sit at the front to save time.
  • 3 - The flight is more comfortable in the middle of the aircraft, on the wing. The jolts are lower in the event of turbulences. But it is also at this area that the fuel tank is located. In the event of a fire or explosion, the worst of all places, therefore (if you like to picture the worst).

I'll give you some interesting links I found on this subject here:
→ Safest Seat on a Plane [Popular Mechanics] (the famous American statistical study, in English)
→ Plane crash: the best seats [Fluctuat.net] (the summary, in French)
→ How to choose the best seat by plane [LeFigaro.fr]
→ Find a place on the plane [VacancesPractices.info]
→ Forum "The fear of the plane" [Crash-aerien.com]
The safest seat on a plane [HuffPostQuebec]

Choose comfort

The moral of the story: it's not a good idea to ask Google these kinds of questions. 

This story of a seat in the front, middle or back is a false dilemma. When it comes to choosing the best seat on the plane, the real criteria is your comfort.

Air Asia X. July 2011.
Me, what I like is having free seats next to mine!

Finally, I found another interesting link: SeatGuru.com.

This website identifies all types of aircraft in service on commercial flights, specifying for each seat the disadvantages and advantages in terms of comfort: legroom, proximity to toilets and kitchens, reclining seat backs, position with respect to the collective projection screen or the availability of individual screens, etc.

The SeatGuru site details the advantages and disadvantages of the seats according to the aircraft models, seat by seat.
The SeatGuru site details the advantages and disadvantages of the seats according to the aircraft models, seat by seat.

Finally, for the flight that will take me back to Paris from Dubai, I discovered that I was going to board the brand new A380 ! Unprecedented experience. I can't wait, though, to really try out this very large aircraft that has been the talk of the town. It will comfort me with the unhappiness of the return. And I even found there, thanks to SeatGuru.com I mentioned above, a seat near a window, where you can stretch your legs.

Conclusion

In short: there is no need to wavering, the best seat in the plane is obviously the one that allows you to have the most pleasant trip (in other words, the most comfortable flight).

Naturally, the most ideal thing is to be upgraded and enjoy the luxury of seats in First or Business Class. I secretly dream about it every time I book a flight.

Well... The most essential thing is to ensure there is a pilot on the plane!

😆

In the plane of Garuda. Flight Jakarta-Makassar. January 2015.
In a plane of Garuda, the Indonesian national airline.

Get upgraded

UPDATE # 1 → July 2013: It finally happened to me, to taste something else than the relative comfort of the economy class: in exchange for a surplus of miles, I was able to travel in Business Class, on an Emirates flight, between Dubai and Paris! ! ! The big foot. I'll tell you maybe that one day ...

UPDATE # 2 → July 2016: I also ended up benefiting complimentarily, without asking for anything or trying anything special, from an upgrade to Business on a Qatar Airways flight between Doha and Jakarta!!! Even more pleasant, since it was really a surprise... The bliss in the air. I recount the experience here → How to get a flight upgrade for free.

UPDATE # 3 → July 2018: I managed to get upgraded again by Qatar Airways on the Doha-Jakarta leg!!! This time, as I had just acquired the higher status in the loyalty program, I was able to go to boarding in the priority line... And while I hadn't even asked for the upgrade yet, the young woman at the counter did it immediately when I was handing over my boarding-pass. She switched my Eco ticket for a Business ticket!!! Yess!!!!!

UPDATE # 4 February-March 2019: I became the queen of the upgrade, I received TWO complimentary upgrades, one on the outward journey and the second on the return journey, on the Paris-Doha route. From now on, I no longer hesitate to ask if there is a possibility of a graceful upgrade, always very politely, just in case... A very pleasant surprise may sometimes be expected.

🙃

" <yoastmark

  Between Two Journeys

  1. Yes, SeatGuru is really an excellent site that has helped me many times to have a great seat.
    But I learned that sometimes companies tend to sell these places where we are so good or to reserve them to good customers ... tired ...

    Have a nice trip.

  2. "Of course, the seats at the emergency exits are the most popular, because there is room for the legs. "

    For the legs for sure, I measure 1.83 m and I know what it is to have the knees that touch the front passenger seat. However, the seats located near the emergency exits have not only advantages. In general they are located near the toilets and this space is often used as a "waiting room" for those who have a small desire or wish to stretch their legs a little.

    So space ... everything is relative ... since the others will come and steal it 😆

    Finally the ideal is the business class ... alas a little too expensive 🙁

  3. Interesting. I used SeatGuru but sometimes it does not match the company's plane which can be arranged slightly differently. I have never seen a free space by booking on the Internet for those emergency exits.

    1. Hello,
      And ... where do you go?
      It's funny I just opened an email to print air tickets that I just ordered (for Djibouti) when I received the alert from your site.
      Have a nice trip and stay in a "wonderland"

  4. Hi Corinne,
    We cats (8)) we always choose the seats of the corridor, because we are altruists. : Mrgreen: It annoys us to bother others if we need to stretch our legs ... And then your thing in socks it works for girls, not for the guys if we are 90 Kg and 181 cm it will create some small problems! Anyway I avoid looking outside, especially the wings, since a flight AF Paris Strasbourg a few years ago. Throughout the trip, I had the pleasure of watching a bolt of the right wing half unscrewed and finally detached on landing. Imagine watching this for ten hours between Paris and Dubai .... 🙂
    Max

  5. "Of course, the seats at the emergency exits are the most popular, because there is room for the legs. For my reservation, they are already all taken. Pity. "

    My theory (not scientific at all 😉) is that it is impossible to book seats via the internet for emergency exits.

    Airlines would not want to have a 70-year-old couple or a pregnant woman to intervene in an emergency. They prefer to wait at the counter to offer these seats to people who have not already booked and who are physically fit.

    Last year I booked a flight with the company "Ethiopian Airline" on Christmas Day. When I arrived on the website to choose my seat, they were absolutely all free except for the emergency exits. Perhaps a coincidence but it is still the source of my theory! 🙂

    For a long flight that is not full (I inquire when boarding), I always try to locate rows of 2 or 3 free seats. Towards the end of the embarkation I leave my place and I will position myself subtly in the center of the empty row and at the risk of looking stupid when the real owner of the seat arrives to take this place.

    I am usually quite lucky and as soon as I take off (2 gravols later) I go to bed with all my strength on the 3-4 benches that I have stolen.

    4 pillows and 4 blankets I left for a beautiful and long night sleep. I arrive in good shape at destination! On a night flight it's the ideal.

    Thank you again for your article Corinne! Whether you talk about airplane seats or diving is always a pleasure to read!

  6. @RichardTrois: Yes, mine, this SeatGuru! I did not know this site until then, I discovered it during this little research.
    😉

    @Americas: Another dilemma: having room for the legs or being in the front row for the toilet show?
    😆

    @Yann: It gives at least an indication of the configuration of the aircraft. As for the places of the emergency exits, they seem indeed to be "retained" by the company itself. That would confirm what RichardTrois and Guillaume also say.
    🙄

    @Max: Sure, the thing to stride people smoothly through the armrests, it's only for girls with a template and light foot ... As for your nut history unscrewed, I hope I never find something like this when of my next flights!
    😯

    @David: Mmm ... the goal of the game, during the maneuvering stride, is to be both fast and discreet. I can not see myself perched on an armrest and ask my neighbor to take a picture of me !!!
    😀

    @Guillaume: Your theory on the "pre-emption" of the places in front of the emergency exits seems to me quite plausible. Otherwise, me the same, if I have the chance to spot several free seats not far (it is rather rare), I do not hesitate to move to wallow and sleep! It happened to me once or twice, only on long haul flights taking off in the evening. It's magic: you close your eyes and when you open them, not only are you in shape, but in addition, we arrived !!!
    🙂

  7. in any case, be careful to be far enough from the toilet. There is too much passage and after 10 hours of flight, it starts to have unpleasant odors at all 😕

  8. Ah ah ah ah!!! Thank you thank you for this new subject that I savored !!!
    Personally, I prefer the hallway !! My side claustro that I prefer to have a little space on one side, and then, I hate disturbing my neighbors when I want to stretch my legs, which happens to me regularly, because, in fact, I hate long haul !! Stuck on his seat for 12 hours, hell !! However, I have all my panoply of the perfect little traveler, but, as long as I'm not lying, I can not sleep! From 8am, there is hell !! I can not find a comfortable position, I have seen all the movies, and everyone is sleeping around me ...
    In short, I prefer a corridor !! But the worst is to find yourself in the middle row, stuck between 2 people! The big advantage is that you can choose your place, for my part, often traveling in a group ... each time, the hostess at the counter answered me with a smile: "Sorry, we can not put you where you want but you just have to arrange with your group ... "
    GGRRRRRRRRR !!!!!! 👿 Except that in our group, well, everyone for himself ... and I understand, I do the same when miraculously I have a place corridor, I do not want to change!
    There you are, what!
    Lots of love!!!

  9. @Richard: If you know the recipe to be upgraded or to be admitted into the cockpit, I'm interested ...
    🙄

    @Nikos: Yes, it's still a secret ... All I can say is that the final destination is Indonesian and I have never been there yet.
    😉

    @RolK: Ah ... the stories of "little corner" traveling, vast subject, is not it? There, I will inquire about 6:30 flight twice, since there is stopover in Dubai. It will limit the inconvenience. But unless I made a mistake by finally checking my places, I should not be near the toilet ...
    😀

    @ Helen: I suspected that this subject would evoke a lot of memories ... For my part, I do not like the hallway too much. I need my corner against the porthole to stall at best.
    🙂

  10. I bet on Flores? I think you've never been there, in any case if you go to Lombok do not hesitate to make a stop on Gili Air, the funds are incredible.

  11. @Nikos: No ... You lose your bet. Florès deserves a longer stay than the 15 days I can leave in March. It will be for another time. As for the Gili Islands off Lombok, I've been there a long time ago.
    8)

  12. Easy to know the destination of Corinne:

    She will head to an island somewhere in the south Pacific. On the plane, she will take a seat number in the series: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. Then on the island, she will impersonate the crazy French chick and will broadcast an incomprehensible radio alert signal for 16 years ! In the meantime, she will shoot anybody getting too close to a deer-hunting rifle ...

    Sorry I could not help but say my stupidity tonight 😀 It's been a few nights that I watch the first episodes of "lost" ....
    Max

  13. Thank you for the file, but I wait to have seen the last season (final ??) to read it 😀 Seeing here and there an episode of series in VF on TF1, I had never clung. Only 10 days ago, chatting with a friend, who is addicted to it, and then discovering that on Hulu there are all 114 episodes in VOD, I started watching from the beginning in VO. There, I'm at the episode No. 20 of season 1. Discovery of the plane, hatch (??) and death of Boone. The worst is that when an episode ends Hulu offers me immediately to watch the episode that follows! It takes enormous strength of will to stop! 😯

    Max

  14. Wow, take your seat at check-in ... For adults, emergency exits or lanes; for the little ones, portholes! Another tip when you want to sleep: go up last and occupy these famous rows left free (when it is) and then ... sleep!

    Me too I move perhaps in March: if possible Sorong and the Raja Islands, if not Tioman and Malaysian Peninsula ...

    Good flight and good trip!

  15. @Rod: Well, that's it, I finally chose my seat ... The problem at registration is that we do not always get the one we ask. And when the plane is full like an egg, no possibility to wallow on free rows ...
    Have a good trip too! 🙂

  16. Yes, SeatGuru = unavoidable. You beat me, I was planning to make a ticket on it next month, when we go to NY and I will select the seats (unlike my last trips) ... In business, it is true that is the best. But I also count on luck, no question of paying the big price (and yes, once, I found myself in Business class because my seat had been assigned twice and I arrived the second)! Otherwise, there is always the good old classic to wear a tailor and to be perfectly coiffed / made up! lol
    For my part, what I remember from this post is that you're still in Asia !!!!! Looking forward to knowing where exactly ... 😉

  17. Business class is class. I had a taste of it a long time ago because I had the "kindness" to change places to allow a family to be reunited. I had resigned myself to drop my porthole asked for the registration, not without having made a small pout, which turned into a big smile when the hostess offered me this upgrade. 😈
    Too bad that this flight lasted only a few hours: we have room and we do not eat the same thing as in eco!
    All that to say that I feel that hostesses and stewards are then often more attentive towards those who are accomodating (another time, because I had agreed to exile myself in the queue, I had the feel like you have a lot more attention and peanuts than other passengers!) 😛
    And, I do not know why, but I tell myself that it's always good to have the hostess or steward in your pocket.

  18. I arrive directly from Bab La Bricoleuse, my heroine jack-of-all ...
    So how to say ...
    No, I do not travel or very little,
    No, I do not have a camera worthy of the name,
    Yes, by visiting this blog, I feel that my universe is "shrunk", containing a small piece of garden (it's already good 🙂)
    Everyone's way, each way, not always the one we hoped for but fortunately the internet exists to let us discover wonderful blogs and people like this, who open us to new horizons, without leaving his end of the garden 😉
    Thank you for all these beautiful bubbles ...
    A, certainly not in a plane but more at the corner of a street, Rennes 🙂

  19. I just traveled all the way back for my flight from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi (and I was just wondering if cetait + safe or not)

    Indeed I had the impression that it stirred more bp than elsewhere but we really felt a big start at takeoff (and a smaller landing), during the flight nothing very disturbing.

    The side I am next to the kitchen is not bad too, we were served first (then we should have been all last) by I do not know what "luck".

    By cons, try not to be near the door of a toilet; it's pretty boring!

    Have a nice trip 😉

  20. On a flight of more than 5 hours, I prefer the corridor because I like to move without having to jump armrest armrest .... I'm not very flexible.
    I love to watch the earth from the sky, especially during my last trip between Taba and Marsa Alam, ouah the Gulf of Aqaba, Ras Mohammed ... 1st magic dive in Marsa Alam thanks to a curious dolphin and dugong! On the other hand, the Egyptians allow to scatter the plastic waste that is found under the sea ... it has ruined some dives to put back plastic bags, in addition to excercises because I passed the PADI Advanced!
    I can not wait to find out where your Emirates flight will take you via DXB ... ..
    I'm preparing Malaysia, while I'm sure I want to go to Perhentians or Redang, everyone is talking about Sipadan, what a dilemma !?

  21. @ Marie-Julie: It will not be the first time we have the same inspirations for blog posts ... 😉
    As for my next destination, she will be Indonesian, and I will specify where exactly very soon ...
    😀

    @Alice: Lucky girl. I too have already "arranged" other travelers. But I have never been rewarded at the height of my soul size by an upgrade to the Vip ... sigh ...
    🙄

    @ The AcroDuChat: Ah, Bab ... Blogger and handyman inspired! I remember, her waiter exploded after publication of my little paper on her in "West France" as she had had visits ... And I now have the honor of seeing my Little Bubbles elsewhere in his blogroll. 🙂
    You can travel without moving, or without necessarily going to the other end of the world. Question of state of mind. For my part, this blog allows me to extend the pleasure of traveling, during the long months when I become Rennes again. Internet is magical, it allows you to discover distant horizons with a click ... I also love to browse other blogs of travelers, who carry me elsewhere, when I'm stuck in my little everyday world.
    8)

    @KRISS: Oh yes, that too is the right plan: find the seat where we will be served first at mealtimes. That said, I happened to be disappointed ... Sometimes they attack instead the driveway by the opposite end to go back to the corner cuine. So, you eat last.
    👿

    @LiseMet: The Perhentian is nice for lazing around, but for Sipadan dives it's better. Turtles, sharks, barracudas guaranteed and profuse, in addition to the usual tropical fauna. Sipadan, Sipadan, Sipadan ...
    😉

  22. Sorry to leave the subject completely but reading the comments of Lisemet, I wondered why you had never tried golf Aqaba, Corinne?

    There is a small village on the edge of the Red Sea in the Sinai desert called Dahab (1h30 drive north of Sharm el SHeik). I am convinced that you would love ... It is a village that contains about thirty Dive Centers, rooms at 3-4 euros per night, the great good food not expensive, a very relaxed atmosphere! Everything is done on foot ... Not to mention a canyon and a "Blue Hole"! ( http://aquaviews.net/must-dive-sites-dahab-blue-hole/ ) .

    If it was not so far from Canada, I would go there at least once a year. But France! Paris - Sharm el Sheik must be done in 4-5 hours of flight (direct) and for a very reasonable price!

    You can enjoy it for a desert getaway and to visit Bedouin camps.

    I spent 2 years working in Cairo and I spent all my we on the Red Sea. This is where I started to dive and made my certifications to Rescue Diver. Prices, as much diving as for certives are unbeatable!

    I do not know if it's French or only Québécois, but we have an expression that says, "Make a sales pitch". I just made my sales pitch on the Red Sea 😉

  23. @Guillaume To: Excellent pitch. I am often asked why I will never dive in the Red Sea and always in Asia. How to say ... it's not just a matter of price or distance to dive into exceptional sites.
    When I leave, I do not just go "diving". I like to enjoy the pleasures of land between two ploufs and Southeast Asia offers me everything I love. The freedom to come and go as I wish without being embarrassed, the splendor of tropical landscapes with infinite shades of green which I love above all, a mentality made globally of tolerance, of respect, even towards a woman traveling alone without " chaperon 'male.
    I probably have silly prejudices towards Egypt and its neighboring countries, but I sense that as a single girl, I would not have the same freedom as in Asia. And maybe I could love the desert and its arid beauty ... But I'm not sure I like to find myself locked in a place where everything revolves around diving, despite the beauty of the underwater sites.
    As for the legendary "blue-hole", it's not for me that prefers "cushy" dives with minimal risks. I can not see myself trying to reach the famous arch in -50m for the excitement of having done ...
    But who knows, I could revise all my prejudices the day I went to soak my fins in the area. This is not excluded. One day, perhaps ... But the fact is, that, for the moment, Asia exerts on me an attraction superior to any other destination. I do not know why. It's as if it's anchored in me, deep down. I feel like home, over there ...
    8)

  24. @Max: I have never been to Egypt, that's why I say that I may have some "prejudices" ... But the picture you are portraying corresponds to other testimonies and stories told to me. done, and that do not make me the enticing destination, indeed.
    (And courage for Lost, you're not at the end of your sentences ... 😀)

  25. @Corinne: I think you are right not to go to Egypt, since you are looking for more than diving in your travels. Sinai, I do not know, but the surroundings of Hurghada, Safaga and Marsa Alam are filthy: the desert beside the roads is reduced to a dumping of plastic bags and garbage of all kinds. Same scenario for the beaches outside the hotels, that is to say the beaches frequented by the Egyptians (male of course !!). The towns and villages outside the hotels are really very ugly, very poor and uninteresting, if not for sociologists. That's why in the last 4-5 years I only went to Egypt in a diving cruise, especially to have the least possible contact with the depressing Egyptian coast. Frankly, apart from well-organized activities, such as diving or visiting museums, Egypt is not a country for the tourist alone. In addition, since the terrorist attacks and threats of the past years, you have no freedom of movement, because the Egyptian army (a miserable and corrupt army!) Controls access to archaeological sites and manages the transport on its own. major tourist routes. For example, to go from Hurghada to Luxor, one is obliged to go in convoy of minibus supervised by this same army.

    I'm in the fourth season and the "crazy french chick" just came down, a few minutes before his daughter ... What a horror ...

  26.  "The best place on the plane is the one that will take you to your destination" Confucius 😆
    Have a nice trip Corinne!

  27. And for the return, you take what place ❓
    Because you will have a new choice to make 😯
    After Hublot vs Corridor, Forward vs Back and Outcome-Relief vs Midfielder, there are now Up vs. Down 😆
    As I will also take the "gronavion" to go to Asia (I will not tell you where, nananere!), But in April and via Singapore, if someone from your honorable readers could advise me on this point, I will will be very grateful 😀

  28. @Richard: Fortunately, Confucius is here to help me out of this dilemma ...
    😆

    @Alimata: For the return, I found a place porthole in the big navion where you do not have unfortunate in front of you + room for the legs (row just behind that of the emergency exits). It must be the "ground floor". It seems to me that only Vip of the upper classes have access to the floor ... (But where are you going ??? What unbearable suspense!)
    8)

    @Malene: You are really too strong. If I had T-shirts "Little Bubbles Elsewhere" to win, you would receive a lot of ten gratos! Congratulations for your insight.
    🙄

  29. As Richard says, the best place on the plane is the one that will lead safely ... But I also prefer those near the porthole, I love to look at the "landscape" and recognize the regions, countries, islands that pass below.
    As for the destination of Corinne, I'm going for my little prognosis, and I bet on Pulau Weh.

  30. It was easy: a corner where you were not, interesting land side, and under the water of fat, medium, small and weird ... It is necessary that you go one of these days ... In plus, it suits me, because it's one of my projects. I will be able to enjoy your pipes! 😈

  31. Pulau Weh ??? Do not know, too much Pulau in Southeast Asia ... And Pulau Layang-Layang then ??? You have not gone yet Corinne, why?
    I just reread your travels in Malaysia with photos of nudibranchs and yellow and black striped hippocampus species with a beautiful red tail? Sipadan, I dream then SIPADAN, SIPADAN ...

  32. @Malene: That's what I said: you're really too strong ...
    😉

    @LiseMet: I'll do a little topo on Pulau Weh very soon, so you'll know everything !!!
    As for Layang Layang, it's still too expensive for my purse, and there is only one resort choice, unless I'm mistaken, and you have to take a plane chartered by them to go there. And it seems even more expensive when you are a solo traveler like me, since there is a single supplement for those who have the presumption of not being two. 👿 And then, once there, not easy to combine with earthly pleasures, that I appreciate so much between two ploufs. There is nothing except the resort. As for the cruises that propose Layang Layang, it's even more expensive ... But I'll go, one day !!!
    As for Sipadan, it remains the top, question dive, in my eyes, among all the sites that I discovered in Asia (sharks, turtles, barracudas everywhere, in addition to the usual tropical fauna). And then it's easy to get there (and economical, with the AirAsia flight KL-Tawau), and then on the spot, there are offers for all categories of divers (luxury, standard, backpacker). I will go back again, for sure.
    🙄

  33. My last flight on Emirates (Christmas past, Paris KL, I had chosen seats in the middle, to the wing, and I wondered if it were not places noisier than elsewhere. no reactors by the?

    Upgrading ... twice, I was lucky to be upgraded to Dubai-Paris ... 😀
    I never knew why. It seemed to be a little random at the time of boarding.
    I like Emirates for comfort, but business class is fabulous. 😛

    Have a nice stay in Pulau Weh. It seems that it's really good. I hate to read on this article.

    And congratulations for this blog. I am not a diver but a fan of Indonesia, with a particular fondness for Sumatra.

  34. @Mariba: For these flights Emirates via Dubai to KL (I boarded this Saturday, March 6, evening), I finally chose to be in the middle slightly backwards, near the kitchens (emergency exits in the back , so no neighbor behind to bang in your seat). I did not notice that it was noisier than at another place, but it is true that we are not far from the reactors. As for the first or business seats, I went before boarding, it's dream, they are quasi-beds!

    There, I'm waiting for my Air Asia flight for Banda Aceh, at LCCT KL. I am going to discover Sumatra for the first time. It will be a small glimpse, since I'm happy for this time of a stay oriented "diving" in Pulau Weh. You are not the first to tell me that you had a crush on Sumatra ... And on this blog, I make sure not to talk about diving, but to share as my impressions of travel . Delighted that you find yourself there too !!!
    🙂

  35. Hum, Business I tested several times and on different companies, often outclassed because traveling alone while the planes were overbooked. It was on long flights, so I obviously appreciated.

    I believe that even in Eco on the Emirates A380 you should not have to complain nevertheless. There are companies that know how to take into consideration that an Eco traveler is also entitled to a minimum of comfort (or call it decency for others who abuse!) ...

    As for Flores I confirm that you will need more than 15 days to fully appreciate (departure visits to Komodo too, and under the water is ... how to describe? ...).

    For the seats I always choose portholes, to enjoy the trip and not only have the nape of other travelers or the seat back in front of me to contemplate for hours. And then it offers + space to curl up and sleep a little while leaning on the porthole (and it avoids falling stupidly on the shoulder of the neighbor). On the long mail I always have a small bottle of water with me and a cereal bar to fill emergencies when I shunned the meal tray, it allows not to need to move to drink. To move without disturbing, cat technique, like you!

    By cons I avoid seats in the last stretch of the device: far too many comings and goings to my taste to the toilet and kitchen, passengers also go there to stretch their legs and chat. The kids love to meet there. And the flight crew can be noisy (I'm going to be fooled there!) When he stows. In the front we often place cradles for babies ... So I prefer the front or the middle of the device. On the side of the wings but if possible just behind, to see anyway and have less turbulence.

    As for knowing which is the least exposed place in case of crash ... there are so few survivors in case of crash that I prefer to privilege my immediate comfort than to bet on the fact of surviving or not. If I survive, will I still be able to travel after? ... I doubt it a little.
    🙄

  36. @A World Elsewhere: Pfff, I too often travel alone, but never again I was over ... you're lucky, Marie-Angel!
    As for the place on the plane, I ended up opting like you, at the level of the wings, a hair back, side porthole, for the same reasons. I will test the A380 back, it will console me for spleen post-holiday.
    😉

  37. I also choose a porthole, I "fill" the space between the seat and the porthole with my warm clothes (like the jacket or the second fleece that I have on me when I leave), a pillow at the top, and presto do a support ... and to get up, it's right after the meal and just before breakfast so as not to disturb too much. If I have to move, I try to climb discreetly on the armrests and go over my neighbors!
    Generally, I avoid the front (children ... the only time I was at the beginning of the section on a plane, I was served!) And the back (as Marie Angel says, too much movement and noise ... often, there are also noisy groups grouped on the bottom seats!)

    Regarding the A380, I found that downstairs there was more space between the seat and the porthole ... a larger hollow to fill, but more space!

    For next time in November, I chose places upstairs, there are fewer people and only 2 people on the rows porthole. We lose the chance of not having a neighbor (I found that free places were increasingly rare!), But when you travel to 2, we are lucky not to have a 3rd disturb and that no one is stuck between 2 others!
    I do not know if these places are more or less pleasant, I wonder what effect it is to see the wing of a floor above ... What is certain is that it must be done damn early to choose them on the website, 3 less before the flight I take tomorrow they were all already unavailable! 😳

  38. @Manta: We should found the club of fans of the porthole, with Marie-Ange ... 😆
    Well, well, I'll see all this on the return, for the A380. It seems to me that at the time of the reservation, I had the choice only on one floor.

  39. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Do not be surprised if one day I ask you for some advice and / or advice on Gapang and others ... I have never understood the climate regime of the area and the monsoons to which it was subjected, it seems according to some readings that it is more particular than for the Andamans or the West Coast of Thailand. 😕

    As for the seats .. bin when one outclasses me (rather often 😛) I am not very looking ... but why did they invent the intermediate classes this year 😡 ... more way to go in the seats 180 ° of business 😥

    By the way, I'm coming back from Sipadan - barracudas and trevallies on every dive - it was even better than the last two times! 😆 (you know where to read the CR 😉)

  40. @ Wet & Sea / Ludovic: Do not hesitate, if you need information ... 😉 For the seasons, it is not clear. Apparently, it is plunged all year long, with no marked season.
    Delighted that you still have fun in Sipadan !!! If, in addition, you manage to be outclassed, it's the foot!
    🙄

  41. I leave again in Indo and I hesitate to take Singapore Airlines, because of the A380.
    Given the number of passengers, is there not too much waiting for luggage at CDG? And the queues for formalities ...
    How did that happen to you?

  42. @Phylos: On this trip, I took the Emirates Airlines A380 and only returned, in fact, between Dubai and Paris. I do not really remember, but I have not remembered endless queues or anything ...

    Singapore Airlines is an excellent company, we rarely have unpleasant surprises. And I think you can even pre-register your luggage online with them, which avoids the long queues at the conventional check-in.

    🙂

  43. Personally I prefer porthole at the back of the device. I like to save my luggage last to be entitled to his places there: less crowds (the last time I had the row for me), so I can even go to bed, and as I'm in the last meal trays I have the right to the "remains" of the first classes. And the hostesses are often not far and suddenly they always offer me more drinks see desserts when there is more and we have no second meal planned.
    These are small benefits that I like at the back of the plane. 🙂

    1. @ O'drey: yes, I'm converting to the back, too. There are often fewer people, it is calmer (people with children are generally found in the front, where there is possibility of mini-beds for babies on the walls), there are free places even , sometimes, allowing to wallow ... And it is true that we are closer to the "corner" of the hostesses and stewards.
      😉

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