Which side of the plane should you be on for the best and most beautiful views?

Published Aug 31, 2015, 5:50 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 12:21 am IST
Ever wondered what side of the plane is the best in order to capture a beautiful sunset at 36,000 feet?
An influential blogger renowned in the world of travel has established a guideline listing which side of an airplane is ideal for catching the best view of a destination during descent and landing.
Using the comments of French community group AVGeeks, website Alexterieur.net set out to determine which side of an airplane offers the best views on landing in nearly 20 world destinations. The blogger in charge of the site has warned that weather conditions can sometimes force the aircraft to modify its landing trajectory. Nevertheless, the blogger's guidelines allow passengers to plan ahead and book the ideal seats.
Amongst the many voyages that offer spectacular views of a city even before the plane lands on the tarmac, Los Angeles is one of the most picturesque. The famous Hollywood sign generall appears to the right of the aircraft amid the surrounding hills of the city. It is also a good idea to be seated on the right side of the plane when landing in Las Vegas, London, Paris and Toronto.
Inversely, the landing aficionado advises reserving a late flight into Berlin as the city reveals all of its beauty thanks to its skyline lights that can be seen as far as the Tegel airport, as long as you're seated to the left of the plane. It's important to mention that this does not apply for arrivals to the city via Berlin's Schönefeld airport.
Other cities that you can discover from the sky -- and from the left side of the plane -- are the Big Apple, Dubai, Chicago, San Francisco and Sydney.
Book your seat to the LEFT of the plane for the following destinations:
  • New York
  • Montreal
  • Dubai
  • Chicago
  • Singapore
  • Berlin
  • San Francisco
  • Beijing
  • Sydney
Book your seat to the RIGHT of the plane for the following destinations:
  • Shanghai
  • Los Angeles
  • London
  • Paris
  • Toronto
  • Tokyo
  • Barcelona
  • Lisbon
  • Las Vegas