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Video | United (as Continental Express) – Embraer ERJ-145 (ERJ) Seat 2A

Jake Redman September 19, 2011

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Airline: Continental Express
Aircraft: Embraer ERJ-145 (ERJ)
Seat: 2A
Class: Economy


Curvature affects floor space of window seats aboard this United (Continental) ERJ-145.

The Seat: I fail to mention it in the video review that the curvature of the plane sort of cuts into the area in front of you. This can be an annoyance if you’ve got carry-on pieces to shove in that space too. Otherwise You can expect a pretty typical regional economy seat. I really like that all “A” seats are by themselves, giving you both a window and aisle access. Non-bulkhead seats (like this one)  are slightly better  in my opinion as it’s easier to fully extend your legs in front of you without the pesky bulkhead wall. This is true on most aircraft but the bulkhead appeared to be particularly constricting in this cabin.

Service: There’s been just one flight attendant aboard this type of aircraft in every experience I’ve had. It’s so small that having more than that would likely be goofy but because the flights are typically pretty short, You may end up having to chug your beverage choice by the time you get one.

Notes: Continental and United are merging but there shouldn’t be much change to this aircraft unless economy plus finds it’s way aboard. Here’s a peek at the combined airlines paint on this plane.

Summary: Stacked up against other regional jets this one isn’t my favorite as these older Embraer aircraft have a pretty tight feel to them. That said, being up near the front and not having a neighbor in the “A” seats helps to make it feel a little less claustrophobic.

Rating: 2 hops (of 5).

Strategy: There’s no strategy to nabbing a normal economy seat but I recommend against paying for economy upgrades to bulkhead or exit rows. The bulkheads don’t allow you much space to stretch your legs and the exit row upgrades just arent worth the money charged to non-elites. If you ARE a United/Continental or Star Alliance elite you can grab the premium seats for no extra charge, but I’m not sure I still wouldn’t just choose something non-eliteish that’s closer to the front. (Of course that may be just because I’m a geek and like to get off the plane early to  take pictures while I”m waiting for my gate-checked bag to offload.)

How I got it: Continental.com – Checked frequently and was annoyed at the price charged for exit row/bulkhead seats ($49/$29 respectively)…enough so that I just skipped the option and didn’t end up regretting it.

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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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