What is the typical seating configuration on an airplane?


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Typical seating configurations differ depending on the type of airplane and the airline: Southwest, Virgin America and Spirit use a three-three configuration in their narrow body jets with an aisle down the middle, while United and Delta have wide and narrow body aircraft with differing seating arrangements. The two airlines break down the differences further depending on the class of ticket.

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United’s largest wide body jet, the Boeing 747-400 has 12 seats in first class; four along each side and four in the middle of the plane. In business-first class, seats alternate between a two-four-two ratio and a two-two ratio. United divides its economy class into a three-four-three configuration with two aisles on each side.

The carrier’s narrow body jets include planes from Boeing and Airbus; the seating charts for these are normally two-two in first class with one aisle and three-three throughout the rest of the plane.

Delta separates its wide body seating configurations by aircraft; the fleet’s Airbus planes have a one-two-one layout in first class and a two-four-two arrangement for all other classes with two aisles. Its Boeing jets have a one-two-one layout for first class and a two-three-two plan for the rest of the plane.

For narrow body jets, Delta positions its seating by a two-two layout in first class and a three-three design for economy.

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