Airplane McDonnell Douglas Douglas MD80 (M80) American Airlines has 3 classes on board with total of 140 seats. Use airplane seat map to find which ones are more comfortable and which ones should be avoided.
|first||38 - 40||21||3 - 6||16|
|main cabin extra||34||17.4 - 17.8||7 - 21||35|
|main cabin||31||17.4 - 17.8||12 - 32||89|
the seat was pretty comfortable with good leg room however the seat was starting to show age and the cabin was outdated but not too bad for a 1hr 30min flight there was an interesting view of the engine that you don't get on most aircraft with that said the back is very noisy which can be bothersome. Also, the row is across from a galley so keep that in mind. Overall a great flight it's a shame American is retiring the MD-80 this year.
3A has the least Legroom in the first class cabin on this bird due to the bulkhead position. The bulkhead seats across the aisle have far more leg room than 3A and 3B. That said, as a 6'6'' man I was still reasonably comfortable on this 2 hour jaunt from CMH to DFW. Contrary to other commenters, I found the seat itself to be quite comfortable, and far more so than the hard,, faux leather first class seats AA has in more modern planes. I will gladly trade an entertainment screen for a more comfortable seat. Another benefit is that this seat has two windows which are very well placed. One works great in recline while the other is great when upright.
Does not recline
very noisy but you get 2 windows
I have been on several MD80s in the past. The American Airlines version of the plane was a complete disgrace. The safety brochure said it was rehauled in 2013. That is a complete example of fake news. The seats were upolstered like they were back in the 90's. The plane cabin "looked" like it was from the early to mid 80's (I could totally be wrong on this. I fly a lot and haven't seen a plane look like this for decades). The seats were the old style, thicker seats. Extremely uncomfortable.
This is a bad seat. 12b in front has a large chunk of electronic gear under it. That would be bad, but the cowling is broken as well. You will have no place for gear and feet
15A was extremely comfortable. I am roughly 5'4'' and loved the seat. The view out the window was unobstructed. All in all this is an older aircraft and they do make some weird noises, however when it comes to comfort, I would take this over a 737 any day.
Seat can't recline, bulk head is right behind seat
One of the best seats I've been on. A great view of the wing and a decent view of the engine. Window alignment is an A+. Luggage space and leg space is at around a solid "B", depending on the size of your luggage. Engine noise is also somewhat outstanding, though if you want improved engine noise you can go further back.
DFW to MSY on AA flight 1038. Good, comfy seat for a short flight. Seats in right side of first class section have more legroom. Seats 6E and 6F appeared to have more room for recline and a ton of legroom.
I flew on seat 22F from Chicago O'Hare to Detroit, which was quit a short flight (not even an hour) but inside the plane, I could not feel, that the plane was almost 30 years old. The board service was really good, but due to the short flight, the last rows, did not get time to drink their drinks, because the landing approach had started. All in all I was very satisfied with the flight.
The noise from the enjine is LOUD. The overhead bins are only for Flight attendents. I don't mind American Airlines but never fly on an AA MD-80
There is no way that the seat pitch was 31/32 inches on this flight. I am 5'10 and my knees were against the backrest in front. Did not help that the person in front put his seat as far as it would go back ( and kept trying to push it further back)at take off and never put it back up until landing. Since they have restricted you to so little leg room I think they should restrict the seats from reclining as well. Very uncomfortable 3 hour plus flight.
Fantastic seat. 2 windows, great engine noise and great wing view. My autism was thoroughly pleased.
Seat was good, rather difficult to get pictures that included the wing unless you leaned forwards and twisted around, then you could get about the outermost quarter of the left wing. Service was good, nothing bad that I could tell.
I have flown this plane in FC endless times and it is a small, worn FC cabin with seats barely larger than coach and the recline is almost nothing, feels like a coach seat. 3D and F on the right side are a lot more roomier for bulkhead than 3A and B. This plane is far outdated and American really needs to get up to speed in general with the rest of the industry and in all classes of service. This outdated plane is used on 2-4 hour flights often with actual meal service believe it or not and flight attendants working FC on this plane seem to be embarrassed and apologetic and therefore quite solicitous so there is a perk I suppose. San Diego and Columbus seem to be stuck with these awful planes. If you live elsewhere, try to avoid and never pay for FC. As good as it gets with status/upgrade, etc., but not at all worth purchasing.
There was ample legroom since the bulkhead ceased at 7E, however, prepare to be bumped by every passenger walking past & the flight attendant. No one including the flight attendant bothered to follow the aisle. While I enjoyed the extra legroom, I will never choose this seat again. I had an Exit row seat booked in the back of the plane, however, with a short connecting flight, I needed to leave the plane quickly so I changed seat assignment to 7D, a huge mistake.
11F - great seat with window and extra legroom.
Because I fly out of Oklahoma City, American had a lot of MD80 in its fleet at the time and for the most part I would connect in Dallas (DFW) for the second leg of my flight. I try to stay towards the front of the aircraft in economy because the further you are from the tail end, the further away you are from the engine noise. The MD80 is being phased out, but I've always enjoyed the seating configuration, especially if I'm towards the front of the aircraft. Overall, I've always liked the MD80. This is a great aircraft for short hops, but because the legroom isn't superb, I'd suggest Boeing for the longer flights.
Great seat with a ton of legroom. However you cant see out of the window. Even though a little old plane still gives you that old flying experience.