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

Old Sep 1, 13, 4:03 am
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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 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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BA Airbus A380: Which are the best seats? Master discussion thread

Old Oct 2, 22, 4:31 am
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Originally Posted by markmac
Thanks, Unfortunately I will not have global entry and will have checked luggage. I am connecting onto AA1547 to CUN which is the last flight to CUN that day.
It is booked on one 125 ticket. If I fail to make the connection who will provide the most useful support at DFW, BA or AA?
It is possible you will be met by someone in DFW at the end of the jetty, with a list of all those connecting and an express connections pass, or a hotel booking if you're not going to make it. If you have checked baggage, a lot depends if BA gives you an ITI label at LHR, which then gets your bag through checked to CUN, DFW, MIA and ATL allows for this. If you don't get ITI and you are late arriving then in the absence of other factors I would book your own hotel and then when you get there, call BA to get rebooked the next day. There isn't much point in moving seats, by having checked baggage you have slowed yourself down far more than proximity to a particular aircraft door. If this is a frequent thing you do then you best get GE if you are eligible.
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Old Oct 2, 22, 4:36 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
It is possible you will be met by someone in DFW at the end of the jetty, with a list of all those connecting and an express connections pass, or a hotel booking if you're not going to make it. If you have checked baggage, a lot depends if BA gives you an ITI label at LHR, which then gets your bag through checked to CUN, DFW, MIA and ATL allows for this. If you don't get ITI and you are late arriving then in the absence of other factors I would book your own hotel and then when you get there, call BA to get rebooked the next day. There isn't much point in moving seats, by having checked baggage you have slowed yourself down far more than proximity to a particular aircraft door. If this is a frequent thing you do then you best get GE if you are eligible.
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Old Oct 12, 22, 8:23 am
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Question Question about Seat 53A

I have a different sort of question about this seat. As there is direct aisle access, but it is between the end of seat 53B and the wall, how much space is there to get out? I'm not a small person, so it could be a problem if it's a squeeze. Anyone have experience with this?
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Old Oct 12, 22, 11:30 am
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Question about Seat 53A

Originally Posted by lanne
I have a different sort of question about this seat. As there is direct aisle access, but it is between the end of seat 53B and the wall, how much space is there to get out? I'm not a small person, so it could be a problem if it's a squeeze. Anyone have experience with this?
There's enough space to get out even for a larger person. Here is a photo and more in the link.

https://travelupdate.com/british-airways-a380-upstairs/

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Old Oct 12, 22, 11:53 am
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Thank you so much Peter01. That is very helpful.
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Old Oct 12, 22, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Berrisfo
I'm booking an SFO trip in WT and the seat map is giving me the pick of the upper deck pretty much. I'd like to go for an exit row for the legroom - does anyone know if any of the exit row seats have access to a window and/or one of the storage bins? Thanks!
A bit late replying to this but hopefully you've not travelled yet!

Having been in exit row 20 on the lower deck and 70 and 80 both exit seats on the upper deck quite a few times over the years I can confirm there is no window at any of these seats nor any storage bins (which are only on the upper deck behind the exit rows 70 and 80) The exit rows on the A380 can sometimes have a few folks hanging around waiting to use the toilets more so when 1 hour out from landing.

However saying that the extra legroom is a real blessing so if you're not bothered about the view then great. What I normally do is after take off put my (soft) bag on the floor and use it as a footrest then storing it away for landing.

If you're not that tall then 35A or K are good seats, they have a window and have a bulkhead but they are a bassinet position and are only available at T-72 or perhaps less, I'm not 100% sure.

The other alternative is if you want extra legroom is 25D.

Here are some photos of 80K

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/21948492-post42.html

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Old Oct 13, 22, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by PETER01
A bit late replying to this but hopefully you've not travelled yet!

Having been in exit row 20 on the lower deck and 70 and 80 both exit seats on the upper deck quite a few times over the years I can confirm there is no window at any of these seats nor any storage bins (which are only on the upper deck behind the exit rows 70 and 80) The exit rows on the A380 can sometimes have a few folks hanging around waiting to use the toilets more so when 1 hour out from landing.

However saying that the extra legroom is a real blessing so if you're not bothered about the view then great. What I normally do is after take off put my (soft) bag on the floor and use it as a footrest then storing it away for landing.

If you're not that tall then 35A or K are good seats, they have a window and have a bulkhead but they are a bassinet position and are only available at T-72 or perhaps less, I'm not 100% sure.

The other alternative is if you want extra legroom is 25D.

Here are some photos of 80K

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/21948492-post42.html

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Incredibly helpful, thank you! Will think about the tradeoff although extra legroom on a daytime flight is looking favourable to me. Thanks again.
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Old Oct 13, 22, 11:29 am
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Sadly, BA changed our flight from LHR to DFW; we were supposed to be on the new CW-suites but now stuck on the A380. I am able to select seat emerald and choose 50J and 51F for me and DW. I just despise having to crawl over someone or have them crawl over me. we also had 10 B and D as an option but choose the Upper deck based on comments here. Can't complain too much as we are using a 57.5 K award crom CPH to DFW.
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Old Oct 20, 22, 5:47 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
It is possible you will be met by someone in DFW at the end of the jetty, with a list of all those connecting and an express connections pass, or a hotel booking if you're not going to make it. If you have checked baggage, a lot depends if BA gives you an ITI label at LHR, which then gets your bag through checked to CUN, DFW, MIA and ATL allows for this. If you don't get ITI and you are late arriving then in the absence of other factors I would book your own hotel and then when you get there, call BA to get rebooked the next day. There isn't much point in moving seats, by having checked baggage you have slowed yourself down far more than proximity to a particular aircraft door. If this is a frequent thing you do then you best get GE if you are eligible.
Bags tagged ITI at first wing but had to ask for this to be done. Made connecting flight comfortably. Pretty sure this wouldnt have been possible without this invaluable advice from CWS. Thank you very much for making us aware of this
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Old Oct 20, 22, 8:55 pm
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Family of 3 - best seats business

Looking for advice for best seats for family of 3 travelling in business (Two adults and one 4-year-old). Cabin is wide open.
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Old Oct 21, 22, 2:44 am
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Originally Posted by JRT
Looking for advice for best seats for family of 3 travelling in business (Two adults and one 4-year-old). Cabin is wide open.
The old club seats on the a380 are great for a family of 3+...
Downstairs : take two middle seats + 1 isle.... you're really close to your child (both from the isle and the seat next to them in the middle) so you can easily deal with anything... you also end up with a small play area in front of the two middle seats that your 4 year/old can safely move around in etc too.
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Old Oct 28, 22, 3:19 pm
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Will I be served last?!!

Ive gone for 59a on my flight to IAD next week so that Ive got direct aisle access, noise from next cabin doesnt worry me but I am wondering if Ill be the last to be served? Will they have run out of most things as Im in the last row?
I wanted upstairs for the side bins 53a/b have gone so this was best window option

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Old Oct 28, 22, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Bluesky30
Ive gone for 59a on my flight to IAD next week so that Ive got direct aisle access, noise from next cabin doesnt worry me but I am wondering if Ill be the last to be served? Will they have run out of most things as Im in the last row?
I wanted upstairs for the side bins 53a/b have gone so this was best window option
Yes, that is correct. In all my flights that I have taken in BA Club World, orders were started to be taken from the front to back so they might run out of several options until it's your turn.
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Old Oct 29, 22, 12:48 am
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Yes, that is correct. In all my flights that I have taken in BA Club World, orders were started to be taken from the front to back so they might run out of several options until it's your turn.
thanks so now to decide if I sacrifice seat choice over food options!
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Old Oct 29, 22, 1:28 am
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Originally Posted by JRT
Looking for advice for best seats for family of 3 travelling in business (Two adults and one 4-year-old). Cabin is wide open.
Upper deck, 53 D,E and F are absolutely ideal for a family of 3.

The child is in the middle seat (E). Parents are on either side (D & F) and are able to keep their eye on their kid at all times. E has direct isle access on both sides so its very easy for either parent to assist with anything or spend time with their child. The direct aisle access also means it easy for your child to get in and out of their seat for any reason and theres no worries about tripping over a strangers foot stool or standing on their ankles.

If the foot stool is left up theres space for the floor area to be used as a kind of small play area. Downstairs middle seats would give a bigger such area, however youll have a stranger in one of isle seats.

We sat exactly here as a family of 3 a few years ago on a LHR > BOS flight with a 6 year old. They absolutely loved it! Especially as they could put up the dividers to get some peace from their fussing parents!

59 D,E,F is the exact same set up, although you risk being served last as it is at the very rear of upper deck CW and the WTP bassinet seats are just through the curtain.
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