Seating guide: Airbus A320

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Airbus A320 Seating Guide

Whenever you call up your flight details using BA.com’s Manage My Booking (MMB), you may notice an peculiar code describing the aircraft operating your flight. It is usually generically marked as “320”, but can change to either 20A or M0A closer to departure. These codes can be quite useful as they allow you to narrow down the actual aircraft operating your flight.

Screen shot of the seat map in MMB, indicating where you can find information about the aircraft type

MMB code 20A
BA's indigenous A320s are fitted with B/E Aerospace slimline leather upholstered seats with 4-way adjustable headrests and eye level magazine storage. Cabins are also fitted with LED lighting. Seating capacity is 168CM

Notes:
  • Seat pitch is approx 30” in standard rows. Pitch is the same in business class ("Club Europe") as it is in economy ("Euro Traveller" and "Domestic")
  • In business class ("Club Europe"), the unsold middle seat is converted into a shared space by way of a fold down console. Business class cabin sizes do vary depending on individual flight loads. While the cabin size is usually determined approx 72 hours ahead of departure, the seat map is still subject to further minor adjustments up to approx 24 hours before departure although rarely contracting or expanding by more than one row during this period. The maximum capacity in business class is 40C (rows 1 to 10)
  • Exit rows 11 and 12 offer greater leg room but caution may be given to rows 10 and 11, as these seats do not recline.
  • Seats fitted on BA mainline A320s do not have power sockets (subject to verification)
  • Rows 3, 6, and 9 are without overhead vent nozzles. There may be other rows aft of the exit rows without nozzles, subject to verification
  • There are twelve A320s fitted with IFE equipment, showing looped content on overhead screens
Applicable IFE equipped aircraft:
G-EUUA, G-EUUB, G-EUUC, G-EUUD, G-EUUE, G-EUUF, G-EUUG, G-EUUH, G-EUUI, G-EUUJ, G-TTOB, and G-TTOE

MMB code M0A
Former BD frames, configured 168CM with 28 rows offer an approx 30" seat pitch. Exit rows are 11 and 12. Seats in rows 10 and 11 have no recline. These aircraft are identifiable by their row numbers - last row is 29, and row number 13 is skipped. Beware of seat 01F which on G-MEDK has no windows
Applicable aircraft:
G-MEDK, G-MIDO, G-MIDS, G-MIDT, G-MIDX, and G-MIDY

For all other aircraft codes
See https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...-aircraft.html
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Old Jan 23, 16, 3:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Genius1 View Post
You need to be booked in Club Europe to select seats in Club Europe. You may be offered an upgrade through MMB or at OLCI (at cost), or at the airport (again, at cost). You will be able to use the lounge in MRS as you have a same day international connection in First.
As I read it, jlemon is already booked in CE but is wondering whether connecting to a long-haul F flight would entitle them to free pre-allocation on the CE flight.

If I've got that right, the answer is still no.

In fact, even if on the same award ticket you have a sector in F and a sector in CE, you still have to pay for pre-allocation in CE even though pre-allocation is free on the F sector. It all depends on the booking class for each sector in turn.
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Old Jan 23, 16, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
As I read it, jlemon is already booked in CE but is wondering whether connecting to a long-haul F flight would entitle them to free pre-allocation on the CE flight.

If I've got that right, the answer is still no.

In fact, even if on the same award ticket you have a sector in F and a sector in CE, you still have to pay for pre-allocation in CE even though pre-allocation is free on the F sector. It all depends on the booking class for each sector in turn.
Indeed, we are already booked in Club Europe from MRS to LHR and in First from LHR to IAD. And we were able to reserve our seats in F at no charge. Hopefully, we will be able to check our bags from MRS straight through to IAD.
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Old Jan 23, 16, 5:27 pm
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
Indeed, we are already booked in Club Europe from MRS to LHR and in First from LHR to IAD. And we were able to reserve our seats in F at no charge. Hopefully, we will be able to check our bags from MRS straight through to IAD.
Unless you are able to get the front row seats from MRS (possibly in the final 72 hours, but if you don't have status at Online Check In) then there is no point in paying to reserve seats, MRS will only be about half full in CE, and apart from row 1 the seats are identical with no realistic risk of you being separated. [One exception, possibly no air vent in row 6 if CE goes that far back, equipment depending]. It's also a very short flight. So I'd leave it until OLCI. If you were a larger family group in Euro Traveller then I may suggest differently. Your baggage should be through checked, just have your BA locator and flight number handy for the Dulles sector.
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Old Jan 24, 16, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Unless you are able to get the front row seats from MRS (possibly in the final 72 hours, but if you don't have status at Online Check In) then there is no point in paying to reserve seats, MRS will only be about half full in CE, and apart from row 1 the seats are identical with no realistic risk of you being separated. [One exception, possibly no air vent in row 6 if CE goes that far back, equipment depending]. It's also a very short flight. So I'd leave it until OLCI. If you were a larger family group in Euro Traveller then I may suggest differently. Your baggage should be through checked, just have your BA locator and flight number handy for the Dulles sector.
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Old Jan 28, 16, 12:54 pm
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I am sure this will have been answered previously, however, as I start my travels tomorrow I would like to ask the following:

I currently have 01DF via online checkin on an A320. I cannot remember the exact aircraft type on OLC and don't have access as have printed the boarding cards already. On ba.com they are still selling seats and the aircraft type shows as 20A. Does this mean that I will avoid row 1DF seats that have no window, as per the ex BMED aircraft? Thanks.
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Old Jan 28, 16, 1:05 pm
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I currently have 01DF via online checkin on an A320. I cannot remember the exact aircraft type on OLC and don't have access as have printed the boarding cards already. On ba.com they are still selling seats and the aircraft type shows as 20A. Does this mean that I will avoid row 1DF seats that have no window, as per the ex BMED aircraft? Thanks.
That is the mainstream A320 fleet, and 1D and F are generally considered good seats. The dreaded Delta Kilo with the missing window is only LGW. If you want a more specific answer by all means indicate the flight number and I can check (probably) the precise aircraft you should be on tomorrow, but I think you are OK.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
That is the mainstream A320 fleet, and 1D and F are generally considered good seats. The dreaded Delta Kilo with the missing window is only LGW. If you want a more specific answer by all means indicate the flight number and I can check (probably) the precise aircraft you should be on tomorrow, but I think you are OK.
Our domestic flight is tomorrow, but the flight in question is BA488 LHR-LPA on Sat. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old Jan 28, 16, 1:21 pm
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Our domestic flight is tomorrow, but the flight in question is BA488 LHR-LPA on Sat. Thanks in advance for your help.
Ok, so you should be on G-EUYS, according to flightradar24, and according to thebasource.com that is your bog standard 168 seater Pinnacle:

http://www.thebasource.com/seatmaps/...pinnacle.html#

Full window and 1D and 1F are good seats with window.

I hope you have an enjoyable stay in LPA, I was there a few weeks back, and had a good time there. I particularly enjoyed walking down the Calle Triana, over to the Vegueta market and the back streets of the old town around there and around the cathedral. There is now a lounge available for your on the return too, details in the lounge thread in the Dashboard.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Ok, so you should be on G-EUYS, according to flightradar24, and according to thebasource.com that is your bog standard 168 seater Pinnacle:

http://www.thebasource.com/seatmaps/...pinnacle.html#

Full window and 1D and 1F are good seats with window.

I hope you have an enjoyable stay in LPA, I was there a few weeks back, and had a good time there. I particularly enjoyed walking down the Calle Triana, over to the Vegueta market and the back streets of the old town around there and around the cathedral. There is now a lounge available for your on the return too, details in the lounge thread in the Dashboard.

Thank you. We have been many times and always enjoy it.
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Old Jan 28, 16, 6:25 pm
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Flying on an A320 to Faro in May. Seat map for the flights both ways shows exit rows at row 12 and 13 but has rows going all the way back to row 30??

I can see no seat map on the usually accurate BA Source where any A320 has rows numbered higher than 29.

Can anyone explain what aircraft this is?
The LGW G–GAT* A320’s will soon be reconfigured to 177 seats, instead of 171. That’s why you can see a seat plan with 30 rows.
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The LGW G–GAT* A320’s will soon be reconfigured to 177 seats, instead of 171. That’s why you can see a seat plan with 30 rows.
Thanks for that. What does this mean for legroom?
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Old Feb 9, 16, 10:26 am
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I'm travelling domestically on Friday, on a 20A aircraft. I'm trying to work out whether to go for row 1 or row 12. Which offers better legroom? I'm quite slim and of average height, if that makes any difference?
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I'd go for row 1, personally. Unless you have a lot of hand baggage.
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Old Feb 10, 16, 1:21 am
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BA A320 Airplane, seat question!

Hi

On seat Guru and even BA's own seating plan (A320 Europe configuration) it shows a full row one.

However when I go to try and change my seats and choose an alternative via manage my booking, it shows only 1A & 1C, no 1D & 1F !

It then shows row 2 onwards as full rows.

Does anyone know why, and if indeed there are seats 1D and 1F ?

Also seat Guru shows seats on row 4 as preferable seats (green). Why is this ?

Thanks
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Old Feb 10, 16, 1:35 am
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The usual logic is to ignore Seat Guru and go to thebasource.com

I'm guessing that you are on one of the second hand Gatwick aircraft?
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