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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 a peculiar code describing the aircraft operating your flight. It is usually generically marked as “320”, but can change to one more specific closer to departure. These codes can be quite useful as they allow you to narrow down the actual aircraft configuration operating your flight.
Screen shot of the seat map in MMB, indicating where you can find information about the aircraft type
See the first post in this thread for further details.

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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 A320 seats in Club Europe and Euro Traveller.


MMB code 32N (A320 neo, formerly 32P)
The A320 neo (new engine option), introduced into service in 2018, are fitted with B/E Aerospace Pinnacle leather upholstered seats with 4-way adjustable headrests and eye level magazine storage but only in rows 1 to 12. Rows 13 and aft are fitted with utilitarian Recaro slimline seats. Cabins are also fitted with LED lighting. Maximum seating capacity is 180M. All seats have USB power and universal power sockets are additionally fitted in rows 1 to 12


Notes:
  • Row 1 and exit rows 11 and 12 offer greater leg room. Note however, the seats in row 11 (and also 10) do not recline
  • Row 30 has no window view.
  • Rows 1 to 12 have Pinnacle Seats. Rows 13 to 30 featuring slimline Recaro Seats offer no recline and without adjustable head rests.
  • Middle seats remain blocked in Club Europe, however, there are no seat mounted tables



MMB code 20A and 32A (A320 ceo)
With the densification embodiment programme now completed, this configuration is obsolete
BA's short haul A320 ceos (current engine option), with the exception of those BA inherited from BD, 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. Maximum seating capacity is 168M. This configuration is undergoing a gradual replacement to the densified 32G type


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")
  • In business class ("Club Europe"), the unsold middle seat is converted into a shared space by way of a centre 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 48C (rows 1 to 12)
  • Row 1 and exit rows 11 and 12 offer greater leg room. Note however, the seats in row 11 (and also 10) do not recline
  • As far as the cabin arrangement goes, there is no noticeable differentiation between the 20A and 32A types



MMB code 32G (A320 ceo)
This represents the latest A320 ceo configuration. All rows 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. Maximum seating capacity is 180M. This increase in seat count is attributed to a rearrangement of the rear cabin, where the galley and adjoining toilets were replaced by Airbus's super compact SpaceFlex modules


Notes:
As the 32N above. It is worth pointing out the cramped conditions at row 30. Seats 30A and 30F do not offer window views/natural daylight



MMB code 20E (A320 ceo)
This is the Gatwick based variant. All rows 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. Maximum seating capacity is 177M.


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")
  • In business class ("Club Europe"), the unsold middle seat is converted into a shared space by way of a centre 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.
  • Row 1, Row 2 starboard (DEF) and exit rows 12 and 13 offer greater leg room. Note however, the seats in row 12 (and also 11) do not recline
  • Due to the absence of a bulkhead in front of the seats at row 1, there isn't the usual privacy buffer


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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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Old Jan 20, 14, 9:00 am
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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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Old Jan 24, 14, 4:20 pm
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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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Originally Posted by JonV View Post
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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