Can I sit there please? easyJet reveals the most popular places on the plane

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By on Thursday 5th Jun, 2014 at 09:30

With millions set to jet off this summer easyJet has revealed the most popular places to sit on the plane.

The UK's largest airline polled 10,000 passengers from countries across Europe on their seat preference and found that nationality, age and travel companion all play an important factor in where passengers prefer to sit. Cabin crew will find this interesting reading!

Universally the window is the most coveted position, with 59% of participants preferring this seat, followed by the aisle at 38%. easyJet sales also reveal the right hand side of the plane is more popular than the left and rows 6-7 sell out fastest.

There is a ‘squeezed middle’ in aviation but just 3% of people across Europe prefer the middle seat – usually after letting their partner take the window or aisle. easyJet sales reveal 7F is Europe’s favourite seat and 19C is the least popular. Row 7 is the first in the aircraft available to allocate from £3.

Different nationalities have different needs!

Portuguese are the most passionate about sitting by the window (80% prefer it)
Dutch (48%) and German are the nationalities most likely to choose the aisle
Under 25’s are most keen to sit by window (76%) with passengers increasingly opting for the aisle as they get older
UK travellers do everything possible to avoid the middle with 56% preferring the window and 41% opting for the aisle
Commentary from passengers revealed more inquisitive or nervous travellers are likely to choose the window for the view and to observe what’s happening en route. Younger travellers also prefer the window for photo opportunities of the scenery and wing mid-flight.

Travellers selecting the aisle seat value their space and the ability to move around during the flight. It was particularly favoured by older passengers, business travellers and people with a second home keen to disembark first.

Window seat or Aisle? The big question

Peter Duffy, Group Commercial Director for easyJet, said: “The window versus aisle debate is one of the most frequently overheard conversations while flying. Since introducing allocated seating in 2012, all easyJet passengers have been able to select their seat and by combining that data with feedback from thousands of travellers we’ve mapped out the most popular parts of the plane.

“It is clear that no matter where you live having the ability to choose your seat is important and is something that our customers value. The window is overwhelmingly the most coveted position, but particularly popular amongst Portuguese passengers and people aged 25 or under. As passengers get older the aisle becomes increasingly popular and it is also a sought after seat for frequent flyers travelling on business or visiting their second home.”

According to the results you are most likely to find:

In the window seat: Female passengers aged 25 or under from Portugal and Czech Republic
In the middle seat: Passengers aged between 45 and 54
In the aisle seat: Male passengers aged 65 or over from Holland and Germany
All passengers are allocated a seat for free on easyJet’s flights but also have the choice of selecting their seat for a fee. easyJet uses one of the most sophisticated algorithms in aviation and seats the whole aircraft using a complex formula in less than 1 second. Passengers or families travelling together on the same booking will be seated together wherever possible.

Key findings of the survey:

• In the window seat: Female passengers aged 25 or under from Portugal and Czech Republic
• In the middle seat: Passengers aged between 45 and 54
• In the aisle seat: Male passengers aged 65 or over from Holland and Germany
• Under 35 are much more likely to say they prefer the window seat (U25s, 76%; 25-34s, 67%), while the 45s and over are more likely to prefer the aisle seat (45-54, 41%; 55-64, 40%; 65+ 47%)
• Females are more likely to prefer the window seat (62% versus 59% overall) and men the aisle seat (41% versus 38% overall)
• The window seat is the popular choice among the Portuguese (80%), Czechs (67%) and French (66%). The Dutch (48%), German (42%) and UK travellers (41%) are more likely to choose the aisle seat
• Short breakers (65%) and passengers connecting to another flight (64%) have a stronger preference for the window seat. And, unsurprisingly, business trippers (46%, closely followed by second homers 44%) are more likely to opt for an aisle seat

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