Ever Wondered Why Only Some Airplanes Don’t Have The 13th Row?
Alaska Airlines offers planes with and without a row #13.
They once said that “Alaska Airlines was already operating the 737-700 and 737-900 when the decision was made to start operating the 737-800s. Due to cancellations by other airlines, Alaska was able to practically buy the first couple right off the assembly line. However, this compressed time frame meant Alaska was not able to spec out [design] the cabin as would have normally happened. To keep the layout consistent, they continued to order new 800’s without a 13th row, but not because of any superstition.” And there you have it.
Continental Airlines was asked about the 13th row superstition.
In 2005, they responded, “Apparently someone a long time ago (they) thought we shouldn’t have a row 13. We have let the row numbering system persist, especially since we don’t want to go through the expense of renumbering rows on about 600 aircraft.” That makes perfect sense as it would be a very costly project.
Some of the airlines that don't offer a row #13 in their planes have flights that are numbered with 13 in them such as 113, 213, etc.
Not flying on the 13th day of the month, or on Friday the 13th are also superstitions that passengers try to stick with. However, what do you do if your plane is leaving from Gate 13, not get on?
Lufthansa regularly used a Gate 13 and had a daily flight that was numbered LF-013.
What does one do in these cases? If you have to be somewhere, you have to be there.
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