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BA Airbus A380: Which are the best seats? Master discussion thread

BA Airbus A380: Which are the best seats? Master discussion thread

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MMB/Expertflyer Aircraft Code: 388

Upper deck



Main deck



Summarizing based on comments thus far:

First

This post shows the seat map and individual seat ratings for First:

First Cabin A380 Seat Ratings
In order of rating:
  1. 2 A/K
  2. 1 A/K
  3. 3 A/K
  4. 2 E/F
  5. 3 E/F
  6. 4 E/F
  7. 4 A/K

Club World Upper deck
  • 50AB and 50JK: the B and J seats dont have anyone climbing over them. Theres nothing else ahead of these seats, so this area should be fairly quiet. However, the A and K seats ... would have to lean forward a long way to look out of the single window serving this row. Good if you like having a very private space and dont mind stepping over someone to get out. Bad if you like looking out of the window.
  • 50J for longest bed is the best. However, you only have a curtain between you and the stairs and right hand side forward loo. Should be okay but might be noisy. Partial barrier around feet.
  • 51D and 51F: no half barrier either so very good for tall people and first row of CW cabin so good for food and ease of access to loo without any galley.
  • 53AB and 53JK: the window seats have direct aisle access, so in theory these would be a lot like 64A and 64K on the 744. Unfortunately, potentially noisy.
  • 56B has a bit of extra length but also a partial barrier.
  • 59AB and 59JK: the window seats here also have direct aisle access. However, as others have mentioned, because the CW and WT+ cabins partly overlap at this point, these seats (and particularly the heads of the 59B and 59J passengers) are directly in line with the WT+ centre bulkhead bassinets, so possible noise concerns if baby behind. You can see the close proximity in the photo above for 60 DEF
  • Middle seats: since there's only a single middle seat, it's rather nice and isolated and private, at least while the dividers are up. When dividers go down it's face to face with your seatmates to the left and right. Couples who are using a middle seat will probably be better off choosing EF rather than DE, because the extra space to the right hand side of the E seat means the E and F seats are closer together.

Club World Main Deck
  • 10J definitely winner for the most length but partial barrier around feet and galley noise may be an issue. However, also first to get food!
  • 10A and 10K for window seats only. The rest have absolutely NO view as the wing is massive and all you see is reflecting Silver and a lot of flex!
  • There is a reported experience from 13AB of in-flight vibration and resonances which were enough to disturb sleep.
  • Avoid 15AB and 15JK due to proximity to the two loos that are right beside and behind this seat. (CW loo behind 15B and 15J, WT loo beside these seats although behind a curtain, near continuous use!)
  • General note: due to the curvature of the fuselage, the window seats on the main deck have a greater gap between the seat and cabin wall than the equivalent upper deck seats, thus providing more wiggle room for your legs and toes.

World Traveller Plus Upper Deck
Photos: courtesy of PETER01
  • Bulkhead seats: The legroom in the bulkhead rows of 60DEF, 61AB and 61JK is fairly good, but Im not sure that I would take these for a night flight as you can still get closer to horizontal in the rows behind. If thats your favoured sleeping position, the absence of leg-rests in those rows wont matter too much.
  • Row 67: The quietness of the aircraft will mean that the toilets at the aft of the WT+ cabin are much more likely to be disturbing in this area (particularly to 67AB, 67DEF, 67JK and 68DEF) than, say, to 15AB on a mid-J 744.

World Traveller Upper Deck
  • Centre block bulkheads 70DEFG and 80DEFG have tables in fixed armrests, as one would expect. This noticeably constricts the width of the seat. The armrest between D and E is a conventional lift-up armrest so if choosing these rows, D and E are better than F and G. Another thing about these bulkhead rows, which are in line with the exits, and the adjacent exit rows (70AB, 70JK, 80AB and 80JK), is that there is a noticeable hissing noise from the slipstream.
  • 80D and 80E are the same and could be great for space or for couples that want to lift the armrest during the flight to get closer or sleep.
  • Rear cabin: any WT seat in rows 80 to 83 would be very nice indeed as long as: there is not a stag group pissing it up here when you want to sleep! Apparently, they may offer this cabin to groups so need to be a bit careful in selecting this exclusive cabin. Also, there is noticeable galley noise in this rear cabin, and it gets worse the further aft you get.

World Traveller Main Deck
  • 25D is the throne seat on the Main Deck in WT. (no seat in front of them).
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Old May 3, 18, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Well upper deck window seats are the best, they also benefit from a very handy storage bin by the window which also doubles up as an overflow table top. 53A is the best seat for this, but I would be very surprised if this is available at OLCI. Basically due to the rear seat orientation you want the bottom corner seats of each mini cabin area if possible, if not any upper deck window seat.
If I may add CWS and for the OP any seat apart from 50 A/K on the A380 which has a very large window blank. Yuk!



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Old May 3, 18, 2:19 pm
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opps I am travelling on 15th May out and back on 19th June, 2018.
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Old May 3, 18, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
... 53A is the best seat for this...
Is 53A any better than 53K, or is this a right-handed vs left-handed thing for champagne induction ease?

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Old May 3, 18, 2:40 pm
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Thanks for the advice. I do hope I am fortunate enough to get an Upper deck window seat.

Would you kindly advise which seat number the food service begina at please., both upstairs and downstairs.
Also could you confirm that the larger bathrooms are on the upper deck..

thank you!
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Old May 3, 18, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Skysea View Post
I would like to sit in quiet seat with privacy so I could eat a quick supper and then go to sleep. If someone could be so kind as to tell me if it is better to be upstairs or downstairs
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If you had all seats available, what would you go for as a couple?
Upstairs for me every time - the front stairs are closed off and there is no through traffic, and the front UD toilets are huge. There may even be less traffic on the right as there is another toilet in the club cabin on the right behind the galley. We aim for 53 J/K as a couple and have never been disturbed by any galley noise, and I'd go for 53K solo.
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Old May 3, 18, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by RB211 View Post
Is 53A any better than 53K, or is this a right-handed vs left-handed thing for champagne induction ease?
I try to be last on, first off, so 53A helps there.

Originally Posted by Skysea View Post
Would you kindly advise which seat number the food service begina at please., both upstairs and downstairs.
Also could you confirm that the larger bathrooms are on the upper deck..
The food starts from the front I believe (though I seem to get atypical service for some reason, so I'm not entirely sure). If a quick meal is important, just ask for a quick one tray meal without a hot main item. But the 9 hour plus flight time from YVR should be OK for both a meal and a decent sleep, BA won't wake you until 40 minutes to landing. The large bathrooms are on upper deck at the front.
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Oh this is so helpful to have this information Mr. Corporate-Wage-Slave, I much appreciate your time. I am beginning to feel excited abut my trip.
When you only travel every couple of years so much changes in the air industry so quickly it is great to have a resource such as this to rely on.
thank you!
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Were wanting to sit in the upper deck, forward cabin due to it being quieter.
Am I right in thinking that bar 53AB/JK, the next best seats are 51AB/JK OR 52JK?
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Old May 4, 18, 12:50 am
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Ignore seatguru, thebasource map is better www.thebasource.com/seatmaps/a380/14f97j55w303yupper.html
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Old May 4, 18, 1:28 am
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Originally Posted by SussexFly View Post
Were wanting to sit in the upper deck, forward cabin due to it being quieter.
Am I right in thinking that bar 53AB/JK, the next best seats are 51AB/JK OR 52JK?
If you want quiet, 52 or 51 are better than 53. The main advantage of 53A and 53K are direct aisle access, not peacefulness.

Although it doesn't apply in the case of your flight (and presumably the image that you inserted was an EF seat map, not a seatguru seat map), 52A and 52K sometimes in effect have direct aisle access, if 53B and 53J are empty which IME they often are.
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Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
If you want quiet, 52 or 51 are better than 53. The main advantage of 53A and 53K are direct aisle access, not peacefulness.

Although it doesn't apply in the case of your flight (and presumably the image that you inserted was an EF seat map, not a seatguru seat map), 52A and 52K sometimes in effect have direct aisle access, if 53B and 53J are empty which IME they often are.
it is indeed EF and not seat guru.

Points duly noted - thank you for your advice.
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We are travelling as a family of three (2 parents and an eight year old), LHR - MIA and back, I'm guessing the UD middle aisle sets of three will suit us best, are there any particulars ones to try and nab?

Just to add in CW

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Old May 10, 18, 1:20 pm
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We are travelling as a family of three (2 parents and an eight year old), LHR - MIA and back, I'm guessing the UD middle aisle sets of three will suit us best, are there any particulars ones to try and nab?

Just to add in CW

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Quite a few options but there are bins on the upper deck window seats which might be very handy for your child. The actual rows are a bit misaligned though or alternatively you could go downstairs and take a middle pair and an aisle which would also work well.

Personally I'd go for 52 K, 53 J/K so it means that one parent can be in 52, child in 53K and another parent next to him/her. That way your child will have direct aisle access and one parent would be stepping over the other parent when it comes to getting out. Alternatively take 59 D/E/F or 53 D/E/F. Curtain movement is minimal at 59 and away form the galley is good there but there are bassinets behind the bulkhead but it's rare to have a screaming baby in my experience. Lots of options really.

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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
I try to be last on, first off, so 53A helps there.


The food starts from the front I believe (though I seem to get atypical service for some reason, so I'm not entirely sure). If a quick meal is important, just ask for a quick one tray meal without a hot main item. But the 9 hour plus flight time from YVR should be OK for both a meal and a decent sleep, BA won't wake you until 40 minutes to landing. The large bathrooms are on upper deck at the front.
Which seat is most suitable? I don't mind not having a window as I am on a night flight. I am flying alone and would like to hopefully sleep. I have a choice between 50K 53A or 56K. Do you happen to know if the new bedding is on the Vancouver/London flights for this month. thank you
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Which seat is most suitable? I don't mind not having a window as I am on a night flight. I am flying alone and would like to hopefully sleep. I have a choice between 50K 53A or 56K. Do you happen to know if the new bedding is on the Vancouver/London flights for this month. thank you
Out of that list I would pick 53A with no hesitation. However, some people seem to be bothered by galley noise there, but I use NC headsets, or ear plugs while sleeping and have not been bothered in that manner. Occasionally you might get a little light pollution from the galley but that's what eye shades are for! Great seat, plenty of storage, probably the first off the upper deck and you have direct aisle access (no stepping over someone to get out.) IMHO it is the second best CW seat on the A380.

Cannot speak to the new bedding as that is not my usual (or even unusual) route.

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