SAS Business Class Mini-post #2 – Best Seat

When I started this blog, I didn’t really plan to write reviews, since there are already tons of reviews of almost every hotel/lounge/premium cabin. I realized that I enjoy writing them, though, since (as the title of this blog suggests), I enjoy hearing myself type. The one thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that I never bother to take pictures. I’m not very good at it, and I don’t see the utility of going to great pains to photograph something that has already been exhaustively documented on One Mile at a Time. You loyal readers come here for my scintillating words, not for the pictures, right?

And anyway, because I was the very last person to board my SAS business class flight, I didn’t really have much of a chance to get photos of the cabin anyway. In fact, the only photo I took the entire flight (besides shots out of the window) was of the packet of nuts featured in my last post.

I do have a full review of the flight in progress, but I wanted to highlight my thoughts on the best seat in the house in a separate post, because I disagree with the conventional wisdom here. Every review I have read says that the even-numbered window seats are the best, since the seat is flush against the window, with the console in between the seat and the aisle. (The odd-numbered window seats are the opposite, with the seat against the aisle and the console against the wall.) In general, these are good seats, but 1H and 9H are the best seats, hands down. (9H only applies if you’re on an A340, by the way).

Why do I feel this way? Because 1H and 9H have almost twice as much room as the other seats, and I’d much rather have all the extra space than be set off from the aisle. Here’s a screen shot from the Google Earth view of the business class cabin. The perspective is exaggerated, but you get a sense of how much further away the “front” of the seat is. The IFE screen is about a foot further away from your face, and only your shins/feet go into the bulkhead wall in bed mode. I got to compare both side-by-side, since Justine was sitting in 10H, and while I appreciated being right up against the window, half of my body was basically in a coffin when I lay down.


Overall, 9H is my favorite seat, since it’s in the two-row mini-cabin on the A340, which makes for a very peaceful flight. Plus, you get two windows, whereas 1H (pictured above) only has one window. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the H seats are preferable to the A seats, because the left middle seat (B) is right next to the aisle, whereas the right middle seat (D) is set off by the console. That means that A and B are right next to each other, separated only by the aisle, whereas D and H are not. As a result, the H seats feel more private, even though the seats are on the aisle.

Seriously, if you’re flying SAS business class, call them up and ask to change your seat to 1H, or 9H if you’re on an A340.

What’s your favorite seat in SAS business class? If you don’t say 1H or 9H, don’t bother saying anything, since you’re dead to me.


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  1. Ivan says:

    I’m gonna change my 6A seat to 9H because of your blog, flying SAS A340 to Tokyo in couple of weeks. Cheers


    1. Windbag Miles says:

      Oh shit, I hope you end up agreeing with me!


      1. Ivan says:

        Ok , I said in couple of weeks…… but it’s in October. Still didn’t change my seat from 6A to 9H. Still available….9H. I just don’t know, it’s really close to the galley, economy galley ( I think ) and just 1 window. How many windows do I need, right ? Anyway…. love your writing.


  2. Mark says:

    why not 1A? Is it because of different noise from the galley on that side of the plane? I’m flying ARN-LAX tomorrow, and there are no even aisle window seats left, and can choose between 1A and 1H to get a window. Are they the same? I know both of these seats have more cubby space for your feat since there is not seat in front of you, but is galley noise really bad?


    1. Windbag Miles says:

      It has to do with the console positioning on the middle bank of seats. The left seat is right on the aisle, so it’s separated only by the aisle. The right seat is set off from the aisle by the console, so there’s more space between that seat and 1H. I didn’t have a problem with galley noise in 9H, which is supposedly worse in that regard than row 1.


  3. Robert says:

    Thanks for your post, I just changed to 1H for both my flights, wasn’t sure if in 9H you would be served last.. any experience with that?


    1. Windbag Miles says:

      Meant to respond to this earlier… You would get served last, that’s true. I always have a special meal, so I never thought about it.


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