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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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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 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 6, 21, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
Of course, all of this is likely to be academic for some time to come. It'll be lovely if the A380s are back in service this year, but I think most of us don't expect to see them flying again until well into 2022 at the earliest.
Good point. I'm booked SFO-LHR in Oct this year. Is it likely for the aircraft to be changed (to 787?), or will flights be likely cancelled altogether (reduced frequency)?
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Old Apr 6, 21, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by sfvoyage View Post
Good point. I'm booked SFO-LHR in Oct this year. Is it likely for the aircraft to be changed (to 787?), or will flights be likely cancelled altogether (reduced frequency)?
Depends on the evaluation of the virus, border restrictions, demand, etc...

October is 6 months away and it's impossible to give an accurate prediction at this point.
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Old Apr 6, 21, 10:22 am
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Thanks for your helpful reply and the link to The BA Source.

Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
51D has nobody stepping out over them.
Does this mean 51E can only step over 51F for aisle access? And is that the case for all E passengers in J upper deck cabin? (On the seat map, it looks to me E can step over D or F, for all rows except 53 & 59.. ??)

Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
50K steps out over 51J.
In general, when someone steps over an aisle seat for aisle access, how disturbing is it for the aisle passengers? When sitting, do they have to lower their leg rest to let the other passenger step over? When sleeping on full flat position, are they likely to feel anything (and potentially be waken up)?
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Old Apr 6, 21, 10:37 am
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51E can step over 52D or 52F. Noone would step over 51D or 51F as they are bulkhead seats.
The wall between 51D E and F is solid and unjumpable.
To get to the aisle, 51E goes behind the back of 51D or 51F.
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Old Apr 6, 21, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by LCSinTexas View Post
51E can step over 52D or 52F. Noone would step over 51D or 51F as they are bulkhead seats.
The wall between 51D E and F is solid and unjumpable.
To get to the aisle, 51E goes behind the back of 51D or 51F.
Thank you, that makes sense now. I neglected to notice that 51D and 51F are bulkhead seats.
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Old Apr 6, 21, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
1. It'll be lovely if the A380s are back in service this year, but I think most of us don't expect to see them flying again until well into 2022 at the earliest.
Hello, My flight SFO-LHR in June still shows it being an A380. We will see if it sticks!
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Old Apr 6, 21, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by tattikat2 View Post
My flight SFO-LHR in June still shows it being an A380. We will see if it sticks!
There are plenty of A380s in the schedules in the near future. At the moment, like all other aircraft types in schedules that are more than two or three weeks out, don't take it even as a statement of hope, let alone as a basis for expectation. There are some rumours floating around, but that's all they are at present.
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Originally Posted by tattikat2 View Post
Hello, My flight SFO-LHR in June still shows it being an A380. We will see if it sticks!
Well my june SFO-LHR is now a 787!
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Originally Posted by tattikat2 View Post
Well my june SFO-LHR is now a 787!
I have one 789 and one 788 in June!

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Old May 11, 21, 9:20 am
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56K- Are the toilets disruptive???

Got a A380 trip to LAX in 2022 in CW. (Not sure if the A380 will be here then but can keep hoping!!!)
Cabin wide open.
Have done downstairs CW before and hated it.
Have done 50A/B but with no overhead compartment and no windows, it is a non starter for a day flight.
Since wife doesn't like anyone climbing over and I like windows, upper deck options are row 50 and 56. Currently booked in 56 J/K.
Only issues are the toilet right in front of this (not too worried about the galley).
Are the toilet noises / smells bad enough to avoid 56 J/K?
Anybody been in these seats have any experience?
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Have done 50A/B but with no overhead compartment and no windows, it is a non starter for a day flight.
Interested in your thoughts on 50B besides the lack of overhead compartment windows. Did you notice more traffic & noise due to the bathrooms and staircase at the front?
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Originally Posted by sfvoyage View Post
Interested in your thoughts on 50B besides the lack of overhead compartment windows. Did you notice more traffic & noise due to the bathrooms and staircase at the front?
Wife was in 50B. Good amount of space with no one climbing over her.
Didnít get disturbed too much but was an overnight flight (Vancouver to Heathrow) , so footfall was minimal. Lots more movement in the morning before landing though since the bigger bathrooms are at the front. There is a curtain in front of the row 50 and a bit of space between the curtain and the toilets, so toilets are not a massive issue. Staircase was hardly used since it was cordoned off for the whole flight that I could see.
If it was not for the lack on windows in 50A and lack of overhead bins (had to use the ones over the middle row and the two passengers on that row were rude and not happy that I was putting my case in ďtheirĒ overhead bins!!!!), would choose these seats.
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Are the toilet noises / smells bad enough to avoid 56 J/K?
Anybody been in these seats have any experience?
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Been in 56K a few times and no issues really and the toilets are behind a bulkhead.

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