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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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images courtesy of BotB and Oxon Flyer


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 donít have anyone climbing over them. Thereís 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 donít 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 Iím not sure that I would take these for a night flight as you can still get closer to horizontal in the rows behind. If thatís your favoured sleeping position, the absence of leg-rests in those rows wonít 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 Ė 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 Apr 4, 19, 8:58 am
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yeah i much prefer upper deck in small forward section as it is usually rather quiet. further, a window seat provides more storage along the window which is fab.
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Old Apr 4, 19, 9:03 am
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Originally Posted by ThatT1Feeling View Post

Also, if you can get the front upper deck cabin, then you get to use the enormous bathrooms
You can also use those big bathrooms even if seated in the rear upper deck cabin
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Old Apr 4, 19, 9:04 am
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Upper deck window, preferably on the A side
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Old Apr 4, 19, 9:07 am
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Agree with the reply above. Keeping it simple, I was in the same position (first A380 flights) last week and was equally excited. I went for 51A* out to HKG and 51K* back from SIN, and Iíd recommend them (window, front upper cabin, and in middle of cabin so away from bathrooms and galley).

* picking your windows to face north for the direction of travel minimises glare from direct sunlight and means you can keep the blinds open more than you might otherwise.

Others including gurus such as corporate-wage-slave would say 53 A or K so you get your own aisle access rather than stepping over someone elseís legs, but Iíve never really minded this, and much preferred being in 51 rather than at either of the Ďendsí - it just felt airier.

There are Ďbadí seats to avoid, see full thread linked above. Must admit having seen 50 B/J I wonder why anyone would choose them - they stare straight into the bathrooms (although with curtains and a reasonable gap).

Enjoy your flight - I did! (PS in case my photo gives a misleading impression you donít actually use the stairs for access as theyíre roped at the bottom with crew seats and First on the other side, but you do have access to them from the Club cabin above and I found them handy for a mid-flight stretch... and a novelty)



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Old Apr 4, 19, 9:11 am
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53A/K are the prize seats in J on the BA A380. I have 53A next week on a BOS flight.
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Old Apr 4, 19, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
53A/K are the prize seats in J on the BA A380. I have 53A next week on a BOS flight.
seconded but usually always 53k
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Old Apr 4, 19, 9:38 am
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We found 53k much hotter than the equivalent seat in row 51. And also much more crew chatter.
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Old Apr 4, 19, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by arh1 View Post
Seconded but usually always 53k
Thirded but for 53A
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Old Apr 4, 19, 10:03 am
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15A and 15K on the main deck are also good seats. They do differ from the upper deck recommendations

- no side locker*
- more space at the window side of the seat
- plenty of headroom so no risk of banging your head
- great view of the wing (but little of anything else )
- service is usually a little more attentive (smaller cabin)

* the locker lids have become such an irritation recently, so for me the upper deck window seats have lost part of their appeal
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Old Apr 4, 19, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
53A/K are the prize seats in J on the BA A380. I have 53A next week on a BOS flight.
Good to hear.
Iíve chosen 52K and 53J/K for the 3 of us travelling next year.
My mum has short legs so if she goes in 53K, not having to step over someone is a plus, and 52K will only be stepping over 53Js legs.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 8:43 am
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Sorry if this question has been asked before, I tried to check. I am flying to SIN in the summer on the A380 with my family. We are all flying in Y. We have 3 children so the cost of C would be too high. I tried to ask my wife if I can fly C alone but you can all guess what happened then

The question is then, since I am BA gold, i reserved seats 20 BC and 21 ABC. In front there is business class. Are the toilets in front of me blocked for Y passengers? If they are not blocked, there is some distance from my Y seat to the toilet so it would not be so much traffic?
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Old Apr 5, 19, 8:50 am
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Yes, they should be blocked.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by TravelManBiz View Post
Sorry if this question has been asked before, I tried to check. I am flying to SIN in the summer on the A380 with my family. We are all flying in Y. We have 3 children so the cost of C would be too high. I tried to ask my wife if I can fly C alone but you can all guess what happened then

The question is then, since I am BA gold, i reserved seats 20 BC and 21 ABC. In front there is business class. Are the toilets in front of me blocked for Y passengers? If they are not blocked, there is some distance from my Y seat to the toilet so it would not be so much traffic?
These are CW toilets. The curtain line is behind the loos
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Old Apr 5, 19, 9:06 am
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These are CW toilets. The curtain line is behind the loos
Great! Is that applicable on both sides? I thought I read somewhere that they are only blocked on the right side on row 20 and not on the left. But this is great news then
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Old Apr 5, 19, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by TravelManBiz View Post

Great! Is that applicable on both sides? I thought I read somewhere that they are only blocked on the right side on row 20 and not on the left. But this is great news then
yes, the arrangement applies to both sides. This plan indicates the boundaries of each cabin.
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