I fly a lot of international flights in coach. My employer only buys me coach tickets. I upgrade a lot of my long haul flights using upgrade instruments (GPUs for United). But GPUs are limited, so I use them only on really long haul flights (10+ hours) or on overnight flights for shorter ones. For International flights that are daytime flights and are shorter than 10 hours, I end up riding in coach.
Most people love flying 777s. They are larger and newer, especially for United. I however prefer flying United’s 767s. While they are mostly older, they have much better seat config in coach than 777s. United’s 777s have 3-3-3 seating in coach, where as the 767s have 2-3-2 seating. As someone who prefers sitting in a window seat, the 2 seat config is obviously much better than the 3 seat config. Getting in a out is easier. It feels less congested. And if you are on a flight that is not congested, you may actually get no one sitting next to you. Last but not the least, even in a full flight, there are many, many fewer middle row seats for one to get stuck in.
In Business class too, the 767s are much better. They have no middle seats at all, with a 2-1-2! I have not flown in single middle section seats, but they look like First Class seats to me! United’s 777s have a 2-4-2 config, with no aisle access for most of the seats. (Ranting on that issue in another post).
What are your preferences? When in coach, are you a window or aisle person? Do you have a preference between 777s or 767s? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.