Why the windowless window seat?

So, you take your seat in 9A, look across to see your fellow passenger in 9F has a window seat, as does the passenger in 8A and 10A. So, why you? Why 9A? Essentially, it’s all about air…

Stay with us here.  On all Boeing 737 aircraft (which make up the majority of the Virgin Australia fleet), air conditioning distribution ducts run through the fuselage, that is, the main body of the aircraft. These ducts run up the side of the fuselage to overhead vents, in the space where a window of seat 9A would normally be, to then deliver air conditioning throughout the cabin via overhead vents.

It’s not just a feature of the Boeing 737 aircraft either! You’ll find this on most of their fleet, including (but not limited to) the Boeing 777s, 747s, 757s and even the 737 MAXs. Most Airbus aircraft types also have a similar windowless window seat, so it’s not exclusive to one aircraft type or corporation; it’s actually a pretty common design feature across commercial aircraft. On our Airbus A330 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, rows of seating are positioned around these air conditioning duct areas so that guests seated in the window seat will still be able to enjoy partial views outside.

With this in mind, if you do find yourself sat in one of the ‘windowless window seats’ on your next flight, why not indulge in our award-winning in-flight entertainment, either in your seat back or on your mobile device. It’s even the perfect excuse to catch up on some zzz’s with a quick snooze.

So next time you're flying with us, keep an eye out for the windowless window seat and you'll know that it's the reason why the aircraft cabin is nicely air conditioned to a comfortable temperature.

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