How to choose a quite seat on the airplane
Seats near front wing and near the aisle are always the quietest. However, it will cost the guests a bit more.
Jet Blue, an American low-cost airline, said that ideal seats are if front of the airplane wing and near the aisle.
Christian.P, a pilot, revealed:” There will be less noise if you seat in front of the airplane wing. Most airplane’s engine are located below the wing. Sitting in front of aircraft wings is like sitting behind a speaker . All engine sounds and wind noise are not affecting you. For a smooth flight, get a seat in the front cabin”.
Dai Whittingham, chairman of the UK Flight Safety Committee, shared:
“The basic principle is the seats forward of the engines tend to be quieter, seats behind of the wings are likely to have some additional aerodynamic noise. Window seats are noisier than aisle seats because they are closer to the skin of the aircraft, sound intensity decreases inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source”.
In 2006, a study of Istanbul University shows that noise in middle and aisle seats is four decibels lower than the window seats.
However, seats in the front cabin can be quite expensive. Passengers flying on an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, have to buy business or first class tickets to be able to sit in front of the airplane wing. A first class return ticket for London-San Francisco route costs more than 7,000£, while a business class return ticket is 3,000£.
For passengers who choose low-cost airlines, they will have to be in the first 14 rows on a Boeing 737 of Ryanair, 6-8 rows on Airbus A319 and A320 of Jet, 1-5 and 12-14 rows on flights of Air Asia.
Manufacturers are trying hard to reduce engine noise and make cabins quieter to improve passenger comfort. Passengers who often use low-cost airline can notice a big difference when flying on an Airbus A380, which is considered as the quietest airplane today.