First FIRST flight to Grenada

Old Jun 1, 14, 10:18 am
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Thumbs up First FIRST flight to Grenada

Hi All
I know the answer to my question is in here somewhere but no amount of searching seems to unveil it.
Mrs SS and I have just booked our first return in F using 150k Avios and a 2for1 to GND BA 2159/8. thebasource tells me that more than likely it will be G-VIIU/V/W/orY.
we are currently booked into 2E/F outbound and 1E/F return, Is this our best option? or shall we "split up" and have a window seat each.

Thanks in advance for any help received

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Old Jun 1, 14, 10:31 am
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Window each, 2K and 3K if you can get them.
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Old Jun 1, 14, 10:36 am
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Thanks CIHY for your quick reply, may I ask why these 2 seats?

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Old Jun 1, 14, 11:16 am
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I would say a lot depends on how you like to travel together as a couple. If you want to share the experience and chat on and off throughout the flight, stick to E&F seats.

If you're happy to travel solo, look out the window, get lost in a movie and occasionally get up out of your seat to go and visit your wife then go for the windows.
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I have a similar query,We have a First First round trip to SIN on the A380 and have 3E/F in both directions. The return has no choice but on the outbound we could have 3 and 4A or 3 and 4K. As we arrive into SIN at 15:35 a window would be nice.I am not familiar with the "normal" approach so cannot decide between A or K windows can anyone help?

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Old Jun 1, 14, 4:37 pm
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Definitely windows each. So much more space.

You will spend the whole holiday together, whereas for the few hours of flights you should enjoy the extra space and views that the window seats afford.

For dining, you can and should eat opposite each other with the smaller person in the buddy seat.
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Old Jun 1, 14, 5:34 pm
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My wife and I have just come back from our first FIRST (well first since a BCal flight from HOU in 1988!), oddly enough also on the 2159/2158 service, also on an AVIOS redemption. We took 2E/F on the way out and 2k/3k on the night flight back.

I didn't really notice any additional space in the window seats.
I also didn't appreciate the window from 3K, as it is set too far forward.

My wife opined afterward that she would have preferred the e/f pair for both legs, but then she like to chat. She did also mention that the buddy seat at the window is tighter than in the middle (and she is a petite 50-something kg in weight).

YMMV, of course, but that was our view.

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Old Jun 2, 14, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by More Champagne Sir? View Post
Definitely windows each. So much more space.

You will spend the whole holiday together, whereas for the few hours of flights you should enjoy the extra space and views that the window seats afford.

For dining, you can and should eat opposite each other with the smaller person in the buddy seat.
I'd say there's much more space in the middle seats than the windows, certainly at the buddy seat and there's significantly more storage space too

It's a tough call though as the windows are certainly more private and you have the windows. I'd do day flight window, night flight middle. I'd also select row 3/4 in the middle too, I find being at the back of the cabin makes it feel more airy but YMMV
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Originally Posted by SuanLum View Post
I have a similar query,We have a First First round trip to SIN on the A380 and have 3E/F in both directions. The return has no choice but on the outbound we could have 3 and 4A or 3 and 4K. As we arrive into SIN at 15:35 a window would be nice.I am not familiar with the "normal" approach so cannot decide between A or K windows can anyone help?

Thanks........H
Perceived widom is traditionally that the K side has a little less traffic than the A side. While that may the case on other a/c, I have noticed no appreciable difference on the A380 whichever side I've been on.

The only other thing to consider is if you are right or left handed when drinking Champagne and nibbling your nuts. Right handers K side, left handers A side due to the side table location.

Anecdotally, A side is faster for deplaning if you are quick getting your stuff together, but it's also dependent on the other pax in front of you, whether it's door 1 or door 2, and whether the crew hold back the rest of the pax behind, usually they do, but not always.
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Old Jun 2, 14, 5:45 am
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Originally Posted by Cap'n Benj View Post
I'd say there's much more space in the middle seats than the windows, certainly at the buddy seat and there's significantly more storage space too

It's a tough call though as the windows are certainly more private and you have the windows. I'd do day flight window, night flight middle. I'd also select row 3/4 in the middle too, I find being at the back of the cabin makes it feel more airy but YMMV
In the 777 I'd largely agree with both of these statements, which applies to the OP's flights, although personally, like CIHY me and the missus favour 2K and 3K as a couple followed by 2A and 3A. If you're lucky, one of the adjacent middle seats might be empty anyway and you can have dinner there.

For the avoidance of doubt, unlike the 777, in the 744 the middle seats are a bit like being in a goldfish bowl, there's not much privacy at all, and certainly the buddy seat in any seat on the 744 is cramped. I'd always go for a window, couple or not. I always favour 1A/1K, but we've done 2A/2K and 1/2A/K both adjacent and diagonally too. I guess we prefer looking out of he window than talking to each other. (Actually that's not quite true, as we do always dine together irrespective of how uncomfortable the buddy seat is). We absolutely hate 4E/F, and I can't imagine 5E/F to be any better.

On the A380 the seating is far more spacious, egalitarian and private whether you're in a middle seat or a window seat (or indeed a buddy seat attached to either).
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Old Jun 2, 14, 5:47 am
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If you are a couple and want to talk to each other, and on your first (and second) First you will, go for the E/F seats.

If you are a cumudgeonly old grump and no longer have any desire to make small talk then by all means stare out of the window in splendid solitude. In a B747 only row 1 has some privacy; all the others are open to the world. All seats on the B777 are open to public viewing. Never flown F on the A380.
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Old Jun 2, 14, 6:25 am
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Personally I would avoid row 1 on the B777 as the galley light can be bothersome.

Seat selection is a personal one I like to sit next to my wife so would go for 2E/2F. My reasoning is, we are always traveling together for vacation. If she is reading a magazine about lets say restaurants at our destination it's nice to be able to lean over and chat without having to get up.

Also the buddy seat is definitely bigger in the middle seats and think it is great to be able to sit opposite and dine.

On the way to GND, with the stop in UVF a lot of passengers usually get off and hopefully some window seats will open up and just grab one as the flight down over the Grenadines is beautiful.

One notable change @ GND is that there is now a lounge for only First passengers. It adds a little extra to the ground experience as you are escorted from check in and taken by a golf buggy to the lounge with its own security channel. The lounge awaits with friendly staff with a simple food/drink offering of beer, wine, selection of sprits and snacks. What's great is for boarding you get true priority boarding as the lounge has its own exit onto the tarmac with just a short walk to the aircraft and they don't start general boarding of CW/WT+/WT until you are on board.

Where are you planning on staying? I would be more than happy to recommend some nice restaurants if you're interested
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The only other thing to consider is if you are right or left handed when drinking Champagne and nibbling your nuts.
I don't know what you do in flight but you got me worried here for a second
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Old Jun 2, 14, 8:44 am
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Thanks All for the replies, very informative and helpful as usual.
I think we will have the E/F pair for the day flight out and try the windows on the way home. Hopefully a window seat may be vacant for a bit of Island spotting on the short hop from UVF.

@BA2158 We are staying at Sandals for 11 nights and visiting friends on the east coast for a few days after (just south of Grenville). We will have a car and will do a bit of a tour to see the "real" Grenada. Any tips will of course be kindly welcomed.
Good news on the First lounge but hopefully we will not be in the terminal for too long.

Thanks again
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Old Jun 2, 14, 8:49 am
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Me and Mrs Stomach faced the same dilemma on our (and still only) first first. We opted for windows out as a daytime flight and together in the middle for the overnight return. Nice to experience both but I'd suggest going for windows and invite her over to yours for dinner.
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