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

Old Dec 9, 22, 3:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Delboy65
Hi
what routes are BA currently flying the A380 on?
is there a link/site that has some insight?
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You can try flightradar24.com. Search for G-XLE and you'll be able to see where they are flying currently, and over the past 7 days (more with a subscription).
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Old Dec 17, 22, 4:22 pm
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Flew G-XLEF on BA 295 (LHR-ORD) yesterday. Several seats in Club World main deck were blocked out because of non-functioning IFE, non-reclining seats, etc, including 14K and 15K.

The flight attendant commented that they are seeing these types of problems somewhat regularly, but that BA is just moving people around or upgrading them rather than take plans out of service to fix them, since the A380s are now in constant use again.


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Old Dec 17, 22, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by DC Mike
The flight attendant commented that they are seeing these types of problems somewhat regularly, but that BA is just moving people around or upgrading them rather than take plans out of service to fix them, since the A380s are now in constant use again.
Biggest issue currently is parts availabilty
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Old Dec 20, 22, 1:45 am
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Having changed our LHR/JNB flight in a fortnights time from the earlier 789 to the later 380 my paid seat selection only allowed over the wing seats on the upper deck as all A/B and J/K seats had been taken in the forward cabin but I have regularly checked for quite some time now. To my delight ive just seen that 52A/B have opened up so Ive changed to those. Any idea why that would be? Perhaps someone cancelled their flight. Im happy anyway.
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Old Jan 4, 23, 9:42 am
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Flying on the Airbus ORD/LHR today and we have seats 56 and 57 J/K. Will those be ok or should I request a change at the airport? We are 2 adults travelling with 2 kids. There are lots of seats open.
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Old Jan 4, 23, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by l2travel2
Flying on the Airbus ORD/LHR today and we have seats 56 and 57 J/K. Will those be ok or should I request a change at the airport? We are 2 adults travelling with 2 kids. There are lots of seats open.
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They're absolutely fine, 1 adult beside each child or both parents in 57? Either way it would work ok. Some good info/advice in the Wiki.

I've been in the following pairs including when travelling solo. 52, 53, 56 and 59. I'd avoid 59 in the small possibility you get a crying baby as the WTP bassinet seats are just behind row 59.

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Old Jan 5, 23, 12:49 am
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What's the present concensus on seats when slumming it back in steerage?
Looking at a cheap weekend jaunt next week, and I've a choice of the A380 or a 777 from LAX-LHR.

Have sat in she upper deck rear mini cabin exit row seats before. Wasn't bothered by the toilet proximity.
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Old Jan 9, 23, 9:23 pm
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Is 25D still the GOAT?
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Old Jan 9, 23, 9:56 pm
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Originally Posted by theshaun
Is 25D still the GOAT?
What do you mean by GOAT?
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Old Jan 11, 23, 2:17 am
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Overnight flights in Y to/from JNB as a solo traveller, is 70K the way to go? Haven't been on an A380 for years. OWE and can pick any seat for free.
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Old Jan 11, 23, 2:25 am
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Overnight flights in Y to/from JNB as a solo traveller, is 70K the way to go? Haven't been on an A380 for years. OWE and can pick any seat for free.
Yes, good choice. 70 A/B or J/K or alternatively same for row 80. You'll be off quicker in row 70 though. What I've done previously is used my (soft) carry on and used it as a leg rest once up to cruising height. There are toilets at rows 70 and 80 but they're not a major issue.

Alternatively you could go for row 20 downstairs but they're 3 across and if you choose 70 or 80 Theoretical Seating might keep the adjacent seat blocked. However from previous trips on this big bird when doors close folks can sometimes shuffle over to any spare exit seats.

Or even 25D is a good seat as theres a missing seat in front of you. 20, 70 or 80 have no windows or side bins for info.

More info in the Wiki and as for any hissing sounds mentioned there I can't recall any. Another thing is the bins in the front upper Y section are, I think, slightly bigger than the last upper deck minicabin. I seem to remember my (non soft Samsonite) carry on wouldn't fit in the rear section but did in the front upper Y section.

There's quite a few decent videos on YouTube re the BA A380. At the end of the day though Y is Y but I would say the above are good seats.

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Old Jan 11, 23, 8:36 am
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if you sit in 70/80 A/K is there plenty of space to get past your aisle seatmate without disturbing them?
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Old Jan 11, 23, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by theshaun
if you sit in 70/80 A/K is there plenty of space to get past your aisle seatmate without disturbing them?
Yes. Here's a picture of 80 K I took previously. 70K is more or less the same.



The view from 80K. Only nearing landing times does the toilet get busier.



Nice little cosy cabin though!

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Old Jan 11, 23, 11:47 am
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My wife and I are flying LHR to MIA in May.
We currently have seats 56 F & J booked. I'm aware these have no stepping over or being stepped over and are fairly adjacent for talking to each other.
I've saw though that some complain about the proximity of the toilets with people queuing.

I could change to 50B/51D or 50J/51F which also benefit from no stepping.
I've heard though that you can get a bit of a draft up from first, sometimes people bang into you and it also looks that 51 is a bit further behind for speaking to each other.

I would appreciate any thoughts on whether it would be worth while moving forward from 56 and away from the toilets? Or is it much of a muchness.

Thoughts appreciated.
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Old Jan 11, 23, 11:54 am
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Never been on Upper Deck on the A380 for BA and looking at the seatmap on the JK side currently all rows are free. 50J/K look appearling apart from they appear close to the toilets and wondered how much noise and foot traffic this creates, would it be better to go with 51 or 52 instead?

Assume the service for Upper Desk starts are row 50 and works backwards also?
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