The Ultimate Qantas Seat Guide

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Old Nov 26, 08, 3:26 am
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The Ultimate Qantas Seat Guide

Following a number of suggestions, it's time to collate the information you've all learned about "where to be seated" on the Qantas Fleet. This thread will be consolidated into a single post, and any input into the thread would be greatly appreciated as follows:

Title: Aircraft type / No of Classes / Class you're referring to / Seat(s) and
Message: Why you like this seat!

So:

Title: 744 / 2-Class / J / 23D
Message: I like this seat because 23E is likely to be empty, and it allows the use of 2 IFE screens at the same time. Also you'll be one of the first to disembark. (NM?)

You might also be interested in visiting Seat Expert - which is a FlyerTalk associated site.

Seat classes are:

Y - Economy, also referred to as WHY
PE - Premium Economy
J - Business - Convertible on the B737-400
J - Business - Millennium on the B737-800 and Domestic B767 and Domestic A330-200
J - Business - Dreamtime on the International B767
J - Business - Skybed on the A380 (MkII), B747-400, A330-300 and A330-200. Note the 330s have a slightly narrower armrest.
F - First on B747-400
F - First suites on A380


Aircraft in the Qantas (QF) Fleet are:

Airbus A380-800 14F 72J 32PY 332Y

Economy: Post 1,
Premium Economy:
Business:
First:

Boeing 747-400 4-Class 14F 52J 32PE 255Y

Economy:
Premium Economy:
Business: Upstairs Post 1
First:

Boeing 747-400 4-Class 14F 50J 32PE 255Y

Economy:
Premium Economy:
Business: Upstairs Post 1
First:

Boeing 747-400 4-Class 14F 66J 40PE 187Y

Economy:
Premium Economy:
Business: Upstairs Post 1
First:

Boeing 747-400ER 3-Class 14F 64J 265Y

Economy:
Business: Upstairs Post 1
First:

Boeing 747-400 3-Class 14F 66J 265Y

Economy:
Business: Upstairs Post 1
First:

Boeing 747-400 3-Class 14F 64J 265Y

Economy:
Business: Upstairs Post 1
First:

Boeing 747-400 2-Class 56J 356Y

Economy:
Business: Upstairs Post 1

Airbus A330-300 30J 267Y
Airbus A330-200 36J 199Y
Airbus A330-200 Domestic
Boeing 767-338 25J 204Y I
Boeing 767-338 25J 204Y or 202Y II
Boeing 767-338 Domestic
Boeing 767-336 Domestic

Boeing 737-800

Business: Post 1
Economy: Post 1,

Boeing 737-400

Business:
Economy: Convertible rows 4 and 5, Exit Rows 11 and 12

Boeing 717-200

Bombardier Dash-8 100/200

Economy: Post 1,

Bombardier Dash-8 300 (Q) coff
Bombardier Dash-8 Q400

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Old Nov 26, 08, 3:53 am
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Best seats are 1 B,C,D. These are the main exit rows (left & right) and have unlimited legroom. 1A has a bulkhead at knee position (no leg room - worst seat on the plane).

Mid cabin exit at row 4 has an extra few inches leg room.
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Old Nov 26, 08, 5:07 pm
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388 / 4 Class / Economy / General

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showp...4&postcount=13

Originally Posted by serfty View Post
... (Here's the seatmap)

Best Exit row seats (If you can get them):
  1. 66A/66K - wall exit seat, no one to disturb you and 5-10cm of room between seat and wall - hand hold to get up without disturbing seat neighbour.
  2. 79B/79J - Inner exit pair with plenty of space in front; no A/K seats,
  3. 66C/66H - Just like 46C/H-58C/H on QF 744's,
  4. 66B/66J - Inner exit seats - can be laterally squeezy,
  5. 66D/66E/66F/66G - designated exit seat - Bulkhead but much more room than at 50A/B/C or 51H/J/K - Non Bassinet position &
  6. 79C/79H.
(With 79C/H many people bump the legs of a sleeping occupant as they walk through the curtains on the way down to the WHY "Bar".)

Other Seats:
  1. Definitely 80A/K,
  2. 71D
  3. 70E - less likely to be bumped by aisle traffic
Note that all exit/bulkhead seats have PTVs stored under arm rests and need to be stowed for landing - can't watch tail-cam on take off.

The fuselage structure is such that it continues to curve outward up from the floor - perhaps 8cm between armrest and wall - double that at shoulders. So there's plenty of elbow/shoulder room at the windows.
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Old Nov 26, 08, 6:31 pm
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Boeing 737-800 / 2 Class / Economy / 4C, 4D

4C and 4D are great seats in my opinion because:
  • Front row of Economy
  • Excellent leg room because row 3 is the back row of J and IIRC bulkhead doesn't exist (only curtain)
  • You'll have the best chance of being one of the first pax that can disembark from WHY

Disadvantages:
  • Fixed and "solid wall" arm rests (i.e. arm rests from top of rest down to seat, rather than just a bar. Not bad for "protecting" you from any flesh spillage from your seat partner, however.)
  • Since there are only 2 seats in front of you, there are only two seat pockets available for 3 people. Same dealie as well with putting bags under seats in front of you - only 2 "slots".
  • The most loyal pax are usually auto-allocated these seats to begin with, so could be difficult obtaining these seats.


Could I post again for this aircraft citing the exit rows?
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Old Nov 26, 08, 7:10 pm
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Plane type: 737-400
Class: Y
Seats: Seats A, C, D, F in rows 4 and 5
Why?: Converter seats that almost never have anyone in the middle seat. Plenty of legroom (I think the seat pitch is 34").
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Old Nov 27, 08, 8:24 am
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Boeing 737-400 / Variable 2 Class / Economy / 11A, 11C, 11D, 11F, 12A, 12C, 12D, 12F

In case you haven't deduced - exit rows.

Advantages:
  • Pretty much best seats for leg room; in this department gives even the J seats a run for their money. A welcome change for those cramped up in the other seats, especially if you're tall.

Disadvantages:
  • No bags on the floor - must be in overhead bins. Which means board relatively early or risk having to put your luggage in a freak bin several rows away from yours.
  • You won't be the first to disembark.
  • Must meet certain requirements to sit at exit rows (but for most people this is not a problem, unless you're suicidal, a sadist or a sociopath).
  • Can't OLCI (well at least I can't) an exit row seat - usually have to change into them at the airport / QP.
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Boeing 737-800 / 2 Class / Business / Rows 1, 2, 3

Although every J seat is fairly indifferent there are some pros and cons for each one.

Row 1:
  • Pros
    • 1D lets you see the CSM and front cabin crew member during take off, landing and turbulence, which is nice if either or both are good looking.
    • First to be served in J
    • You'll be one of the first off the plane (or possibly the first one).
  • Cons
    • Smaller overhead locker space
    • No seat in front to shove carry-on under
    • Fixed bulkhead, which may not be ideal for tall people

Row 2 is the most balanced option, with full overhead locker and no fixed bulkhead.

Row 3:
  • Pros
    • The person behind you is a pleb, though they will have bulkhead-like room (although behind you is just a curtain), so feel free to recline all you want, even during meal times (I assume this doesn't impede a lot on their space and the row 4 tables are in the arm rest, so no table bumping is possible)
  • Cons
    • Closest to the plebs (not a huge issue unless you think it is)
    • Last to be served in J, which nominally takes an exorbitant amount of time and may limit your food options (depending on what everyone else picked)
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Old Dec 3, 08, 1:58 pm
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Thumbs up Boeing 747-400

Upper Deck window J seats 11A, 11K, 16A and 16K.

11A 11K - no seat in front of you, so you get pull out PTVs. More room in front of you - oodles of leg room in fact. Both seats have the locker beside you, which is unbelievably handy.

16A 16K - no seat in front of you, so you get pull out PTVs. Exit row, so you can get up from the seat without bothering your seatmate or having to contort to get over them without waking them. Both seats have the locker beside you, which is unbelievably handy.
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International Config 767

24F, as there is no 23F so plenty of legroom.
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Old Dec 7, 08, 8:23 pm
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744/3-cabin/F class
As a solo traveler, I recommend 1A or 1K for privacy and a more spacious feel. Sure the closet in front gets some use, but that's really only during boarding and deplanning. I like to use the closet for storage instead of fighting for limited and inconvenient bin space over row 2.

744/2-cabin/J class
While the majority seem to prefer the upper deck, I'm a fan of row 1 for the room and the real potential for an unoccupied seat next to you.

A380/3-cabin/F class
Having just completed my first trip (where I was seated in 1A), I must say I definitely would recommend the "A" seats for solo travelers and rows 2 or 3. Row 1 seemed to get some continuing annoying activity in the storage areas right in front of the seat (where the closets are located and where the "body bags" containing the sheepskin mattresses, duvets, sheets, and pillows are stored). Also, crew members tended to congregate in the areas by the bathroom, and even though the curtain was drawn, I was able to hear the activity.
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A388 / 4 class / J / row 12

I'd forgotten about this thread! I've been fortunate enough to have flown twice on this beast - both times in J - so I should probably add in my preferred seats. Where would I want to sit? Anywhere in row 12. The seats I've personally parked my behind in are 12E and 12F.

The good stuff:
  • On boarding, you'll be invited to turn left!
  • The forward J cabin has but 3 rows, so it has a much more private feel than the "dorm room" main J cabin.
  • Currently, service runs front to back in J - so you're among the first to get fed and watered.
  • You're close to the only self-service bar in J - nice proximity to the open champagne bottle for top-ups!
  • You're close to the F/J lounge, which is nice for a quiet chat with other pax during the flight.
  • If you're seated in A or K, you have a fabulous view of the outside world - the windows on the A388 are larger than on the 744 and you get 2-and-a-bit windows to choose from.
  • If you're seated in E or F, you have no-one attempting to climb over you when the seat is in bed mode.
  • Row 12 is ideally located away from the bulkhead (no floor storage issues) and away from the loo/galley (less noise when you're trying to sleep).

The bad stuff:
  • The IFE screens have to be stowed for take off and landing, so you don't get to watch the interesting bits on tailcam.
  • You're close to the only self-service bar in J - nice proximity to the open champagne bottle for top-ups for other pax as well!
  • You're close to the F/J lounge, which is nice for other pax to come stomping past your seat to nose about and chat loudly with other pax during the flight.
  • If you're seated in A or K, you have to perform acrobatics to get to the loo when B or J are in bed mode - not such a hardship with the new skybeds, but worth a mention.
  • If you're seated in E or F, you can't see outside.
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Old Jan 31, 09, 4:12 am
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I just did 12K on the A380 LAX-MEL and had no problems getting out to the bathroom with 12J fully flat. There is ample room. I would say 12A is better than 12K. I noticed with 12E,F people used this as a cross over point (no idea why) which would really annoy me.
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Old Feb 16, 09, 3:01 am
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A380- F Class

Sat in Row 2 (2A) on QF32 in Jan. The cabin is quite spacious, however I would not like to be sitting in the centre section of the aircraft in First near where the stairs go up. It seems a little cramped compared to the other seats.

I loved the feature that makes the seat turn, and then into a fully flat bed. Im 6ft 7inches tall, and it's the first time my feet haven't touched the end of the bed....... it was only by a very small margin, but enough for it to be noticed.

Some teething issues with the IFE and control panels, but overall, the seat was good, would suggest 2A to anyone!
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Old Feb 16, 09, 7:26 am
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Airbus A330-300 / 2 class / Economy / Row 45

Row 45 is the exit row in Economy. Gorgeous amounts of leg room, and cabin crew jump seat in direct opposite view for those PAX-to-FA conversations. Tray table and PTV are both located in arm rests.

Only con is that it is near a whole stack of bathrooms.
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Old Feb 16, 09, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by anat0l View Post
Row 45 is the exit row in Economy. Gorgeous amounts of leg room ...
Not so much in the A or K seats as the life raft cowlings get somewhat in the way (not as much as the 744's though). The B & J seats are fine.
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