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
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Old Jan 19, 14, 3:04 pm
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Arrow Seating guide: Airbus A320

For all your questions (and answers) regarding the best, worst, noisiest, quietest seats in Club Europe, Euro Traveller and UK Domestic on the Airbus A320. Note, as of November 2014, all BA mainline A320s (type 20A) are fitted with BA's new short haul product. The six former BD A320s (type M0A) are not expected to be retrofitted.

Note: the seat maps below are now out of date. Please refer to the following seat maps provided by thebasource
A320 168CM
A320 177CM (Gatwick)
A320 180CM (Space-Flex galleys)
A320neo 180CM


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UK Domestic


⬆︎ LHR based | Seating capacity: 168M


⬆︎ LGW based | Seating capacity: 171M


Club Europe | Euro Traveller


⬆︎ LHR based | Seating capacity: 168CM (maximum)


⬆︎ LGW based | Seating capacity: 171CM


Cabin plans representing the type M0A (former BD A320s) will follow.


Seat types
When BA introduced its new short haul cabin in July 2014, Business Traveller magazine published an illustrative flight review which included very clear shots of the cabin interior and seats. See BA unveils new short-haul cabin interior and Tried and tested: British Airways A320 Club Europe


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Old Jan 19, 14, 6:43 pm
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the configuration of former GB Airways A320s, G-TTOB and G-TTOE differ slightly with exit rows at 11 and 12 (subject to verification)

The latest A320s are fitted with slimline Pinnacle seats and configured for higher capacity (162CM). These frames have 29 rows in place of the usual 27. Registrations subject to verification.
G-EUUA–EUYE & G-TTOB/E are fitted with convertible seats

G-EUYF–EUYN are fitted with Spacesaver seats

G-EUYO–EUYR are fitted with Pinnacle seats

All of the A320's have the same configuration of 162CM. With rows 1-27 and exit rows at 10 and 11.

G-EUUA–EUUJ & G-TTOB/E are IFE-equipped.

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Doing CE LGW-ACE in March, Do I need to be hoping for anything other than an ex-BD A320?
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MEDK now also uses the MMB code of M0A.
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Some observations having just flown home on board G-EUYJ (fitted with spacesaver seats throughout).

Oodles of legroom in row 2, where I was seated. Compared to the ‘traditional’ convertible seating layout, row 1 on G-EUYK (and presumably others of its ilk) is a little further forward as this aircraft has no three-quarter height storage units between the main bulkhead and row 1. Consequently, seats 01A and 01F only get a one full window and share the second window with the occupants in row 2.

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Some further notes on the Pinnacle seats and layout.

I was on G-EUYO in 5A (CE) outbound to HEL on BA794 this week. Plenty of leg room, cushion not quite as soft, seat felt more rigid with less back support. The cushion really does feel much thinner. Window spacing was a bit odd as I was halfway between one and another. It's nice to be on a newer bus, as some of the early ones really are getting work-horse syndrome. The fact that it wasn't a convertible seat made it feel less. Coming home on BA799 I was surprised to find it was the same aircraft with me again in 5A.
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Old Jan 26, 14, 12:29 pm
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G-MEDK update (26 January 2014)

  • 01F: still without windows
  • Operational equipment occupies overhead lockers above seats 01ABC and 02ABC leaving space for small handbags, light coats only. This places extra demand on the available lockers on the DEF side
  • No wardrobe in front of row 1 either
  • With the relative shortage of stowage volume towards the front of the cabin, exit row seats are therefore recommended. Not much use if you're travelling in Club Europe. On my flight today, crews were working with passengers to find available storage. Time consuming and frustrating to all concerned. This aircraft is the runt of the fleet.
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I read elsewhere that these Pinnacle Seats have the drinks tray that drops from the middle seat and the switch under the centre arm rests to make the window and aisle seats wider - like the BD seats.

Anyone confirm whether this is the case.
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Question BA A320 Domestic - Seat 1A/1F - Window?

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A quick question, according to seatguru "Seat 1 A (and 1F) is missing a window". Is this correct? It's not mentioned on Seat Expert.

Anyone know? I have an upcoming flight where I need to be off quickly but I do like a window seat (ideally with a window)!!
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A320s don't usually have missing windows at Row 1 - but there are some odd configs out there some of the time and there is certainly at least one ex-BMI A319 which is missing Row 1 windows.

However, without wishing to be impolite, it's likely that Row 1 will be blocked off to all others than Gold Card Holders until checkin - are you sure that you will be able to access 1A or 1F anyway??
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I've always wondered why row 1 is blocked off for GCHs on short haul / domestic - I'd much rather have row 2 blocked off. Why would anyone prefer to sit in row 1 - do people not like stretching their legs?
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All LHR-based A32x aircraft should have windows at 1A/F. There's a few (one? two?) ex-BMI aircraft that don't, but I'm pretty sure they're based at LGW now.

Originally Posted by ThatT1Feeling View Post
However, without wishing to be impolite, it's likely that Row 1 will be blocked off to all others than Gold Card Holders until checkin - are you sure that you will be able to access 1A or 1F anyway??
T-72 actually - I always nabbed them around that time when I was Silver/Bronze/Blue.

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I've always wondered why row 1 is blocked off for GCHs on short haul / domestic - I'd much rather have row 2 blocked off. Why would anyone prefer to sit in row 1 - do people not like stretching their legs?
I'm a hint over 6' tall and find the legroom infinitely better in row 1 (particularly because I actually have space for my knees) than in rows with a seat in front. Your mileage may vary if you're shorter/taller/have different preferences.

Not to mention there is nobody in front to recline into you!
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Thanks for the prompt responses

On such a short domestic flight I'm not bothered about stretching (but I do like a window) - I grew up flying UK-OZ in Y!

I'm now QF Gold and have access to select any available seat, including Row 1 and exit rows.
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I've always wondered why row 1 is blocked off for GCHs on short haul / domestic - I'd much rather have row 2 blocked off. Why would anyone prefer to sit in row 1 - do people not like stretching their legs?
Row 2 is blocked off for Golds ... as well as rows 1, 3, 4 and 5 (and sometimes 6 and 7!).
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
Row 2 is blocked off for Golds ... as well as rows 1, 3, 4 and 5 (and sometimes 6 and 7!).
I thought silvers could access rows 2+?
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