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Help to check BA seat availability and BA flight loads

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This is community help desk which allows members to assist each other in finding out how many seats are available on any given flight.

If you wish to request availability for a specific flight, please state the date and origin/departure airport codes, not just the flight number.

Please also restrict requests to BA/oneworld flights - flights for other airlines may be removed to avoid cluttering the thread and taking it away from BAEC.


As of 15 Oct 2014 flightstats.com no longer displays flight availability.

Fare class availability can be queried in various ways*:
* Please update wiki if you know of any others.
** Origin of data concealed and probably unauthorised (so buyer beware)


What do the codes mean?
Suppose we have a result as F1 A0 J9 C7 D0 RC IC W9 E9 T4 Y9 BC HC ...

This means:
There is 1 seat in the F bucket for sale
There are 0 seats in the A and D bucket for sale, but you can join the waitlist in case seats get released later.
There are at least 9 seats in the J, W, E and Y buckets.
The R, I, B and H buckets are closed to waitlisting.

There are two important things to note about how to interpret these numbers that many people don't understand as it is very counter intuitive:
1) There is NO direct relation to the actual number of seats available on the specific flight. They only mean that the airline is willing to sell this many seats on that specific flight. The airline may intend to oversell seats or withhold seats from sale for many reasons.

2) In the example above, the results show W9 E9 T4 (which are all WT+ buckets). This does not mean that there are 9+9+4=22 seats for sale. Interpret these numbers as "there are at least 9 seats for sale in WT+". There could really be anywhere between 9 and 22 seats for sale - we just can't tell from the numbers the system gives us. Therefore, the conservative approach of assuming that there are at least 9 seats for sale is usually the best one.


What does the "C" mean?
Closed to waitlisting.
In the example above we have RC, IC, BC and HC. This is different to A0 and D0: The A and D buckets are "full" but you can apply to join their waitlists (if your fare permits waitlisting). With R, I, B and H you cannot even request a seat.

The carrier will determine how to confirm your seat if it wishes. Sometimes this may happen immediately, other times only a few minutes before the flight's departure. The order of the waitlist is determined by the carrier privately, but your Executive Club status will push you towards the front of the queue. Many cheap fares do not allow waitlisting.


Differences for non-BA airlines
  • Some carriers (those using Sabre such as AA) only show a maximum of 7 available seats (not 9). Others only show a maximum of 5.
  • Some carriers use "L" instead of "0" (e.g., CL DL YL) to indicate you may waitlist for the seat. This tends to happen when the entire flight is on a list basis.
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Old May 16, 18, 9:13 am
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BA0085 LHR-YVR 18th of May
BA0084 YVR-LHR 22nd of May

Thank you!
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Old May 16, 18, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by raivok View Post
BA0085 LHR-YVR 18th of May
BA0084 YVR-LHR 22nd of May
BA 85
0
LHR 18/05/18 17:20
YVR 18/05/18 18:55
388
Daily
66% / 32m
F6 A5 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W9 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M7 L6 V3 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9

BA 84
0
YVR 22/05/18 20:55
LHR 23/05/18 14:15
388
Su,M,T,W,Th,F
73% / 33m
F7 A6 J9 C2 D2 R1 I0 W9 E1 T1 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V4 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9

(UK POS)
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Old May 16, 18, 4:04 pm
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Could someone tell me what the loadings are like on BA107 26th May and BA108 31st May?
Many Thanks
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Old May 16, 18, 7:14 pm
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Could someone help me look up
BA12 on 17 May and
BA117 on 18 May?

Thanks in advance!
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Old May 17, 18, 12:06 am
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Originally Posted by Pilot37 View Post
BA 1306
LHR 05/19/18 8:40 AM
ABZ 05/19/18 10:15 AM
319
J0 C0 D0 R0 I0 Y0 B0 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0
N0 O0 Q0 S0 G0

Good luck getting on the earlier flight!

Pilot37
thanks. I guess I probably won’t then!
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Old May 17, 18, 12:43 am
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Originally Posted by Cookiesmum View Post
Could someone tell me what the loadings are like on BA107 26th May and BA108 31st May?
Many Thanks
BA 107 0 LHR
26/05/18 12:55 PM DXB
26/05/18 11:05 PM 777
Daily
79% / 13m F2 A1 J9 C9 D9 R9 I5 W3 E1 T1 Y6 B3 H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

BA 108 0 DXB
31/05/18 9:20 AM LHR
31/05/18 2:15 PM 777
Th,F,Sa
66% / 31m F2 A1 J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W3 E1 T0 Y9 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S6 N1 Q0 O0 G0

(UK POS)
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Old May 17, 18, 12:44 am
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Originally Posted by Cookiesmum View Post
Could someone tell me what the loadings are like on BA107 26th May and BA108 31st May?
Many Thanks
Here you go, BTW, for future requests it makes it easier for people to search for you if you specify the airport pairs (saves people having to google where BA107 flies to and from )

BA 107 LHR
26/05/18 12:55DXB
26/05/18 23:05777
Daily
79% / 13mF2 A1 J9 C9 D9 R9 I5 W3 E1 T1 Y6 B3
H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

BA 108 DXB
31/05/18 9:20LHR
31/05/18 14:15777
Th,F,Sa
66% / 31mF2 A1 J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W3 E1 T0 Y9 B9
H9 K9 M9 L9 V9 S6 N1 Q0 O0 G0
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Old May 17, 18, 12:46 am
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Last edited by Strattonflyer; May 17, 18 at 12:47 am Reason: duplicate - already responded to by another FT user
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Old May 17, 18, 12:46 am
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Originally Posted by truncated View Post
Could someone help me look up
BA12 on 17 May and
BA117 on 18 May?

Thanks in advance!
Here you go, BTW, for future requests it makes it easier for people to search for you if you specify the airport pairs (e.g. saves people having to google where BA117 flies to and from )

BA 12 SIN
17/05/18 23:15LHR
18/05/18 5:50388
Daily
77% / 23mF0 A0 J9 C1 D0 R0 I0 W4 E0 T0 Y9 B9
H9 K7 M4 L1 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9

BA 117 LHR
18/05/18 8:30JFK
18/05/18 11:10744
M,T,W,Th,F,Sa
79% / 24mF7 A6 J9 C0 D0 R0 I0 W8 E0 T0 Y9 B9
H9 K9 M8 L4 V3 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G9
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Old May 17, 18, 2:18 pm
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Sunday 17/06/2018 LHR-SFO BA285

Please and thank you!
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Old May 17, 18, 2:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Schwann View Post
Sunday 17/06/2018 LHR-SFO BA285

Please and thank you!
BA 285
LHR - 06/17/18 11:20 AM
SFO - 06/17/18 2:25 PM
744
Daily
84% / 38m

F1 A0 J9 C9 D9 R9 I0 W6 E0 T0 Y9 B5
H0 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0
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Old May 17, 18, 6:27 pm
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Thank you very much!
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Old May 18, 18, 1:59 am
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Saturday 23/06/18

BA285 LHR-SFO
BA287 LHR-SFO
BA279 LHR-SJC

Thanks (trying to switch a redemption from the LGW-OAK flight over to a LHR departure given I live 10 mins from Heathrow!)
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Old May 18, 18, 2:42 am
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Originally Posted by xmassheep View Post
Saturday 23/06/18

BA285 LHR-SFO
BA287 LHR-SFO
BA279 LHR-SJC

Thanks (trying to switch a redemption from the LGW-OAK flight over to a LHR departure given I live 10 mins from Heathrow!)
BA 285
LHR 06/23/18 11:20 AM
SFO 06/23/18 2:25 PM
744
F3 A2 J9 C8 D6 R4 I0 W2 E0 T0 Y9 B9 H6 K3 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

BA 279
LHR 06/23/18 2:40 PM
SJC 06/23/18 5:40 PM
789
F2 A1 J9 C8 D6 R6 I0 W9 E0 T0 Y9 B9
H6 K4 M1 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

BA 287
LHR 06/23/18 2:15 PM
SFO 06/23/18 5:20 PM
388
F2 A1 J9 C6 D4 R3 I0 W9 E1 T0 Y9 B6 H4 K0 M0 L0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0 G0

Pilot37
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Old May 18, 18, 2:49 am
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Brilliant, thanks very much
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