Airbus A350: seating Q&A

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Old Apr 2, 16, 12:30 pm
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Arrow Airbus A350: seating Q&A

This thread is for all your questions (and answers) regarding the best, the worst, the noisiest, the quietest seats etc etc on board QR’s fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft.





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The Business Class Cabin

Business Class passengers will either turn left (Rows 1-6) or right (Rows 7-9) when you board.

It comprises 36 seats, spread across 9 rows. The configuration is 1-2-1. At the back of Row 6, is a communal bar area for Premium Class Passengers. The bar is more of a curved table, but a QR member of crew is usually stood there.

As the cabin is split into two sections, those seated in Rows 7-9 may feel slightly disconnected. However, Rows 7-9 can feel quite private, and as such should not be avoided.

All seats offer direct-aisle access, with no need to step across anybody. All seats are the same in terms of legroom and windows.

A Solo-Flyer
As a solo-flyer, the best seats are those by the windows (A and K). All of the A/K seats offer great views out of the large windows.

For those sat in Row 1, there may be some potential disturbance from the galley, in the form of light and noise. Additionally, there is one bathroom ahead, so there may be a little disturbance due to passenger traffic.

Row 6, as already stated, is at the back of the first Business Class section. As such, those seated in Row 6 will be the first off the plane once you have landed, but may obviously encounter some noise from the small bar area.

Rows 7-9, due to a small bulkhead, feel very private. Although Row 7 may incur some noise from the small bar area, and also from the two bathrooms ahead, it is ideal if you need to rush off the aircraft upon landing.

A Couple
When travelling as a couple, the best seats are in the middle (E and F). There is a divider between the seats, so they are also good for a solo-flyer.

As a couple, you may need to move your heads forward to talk to one-and-other from the comfort of your seat, but QR crew are able serve your meals so that you can eat at the same time.

Some FTers have indicated that they prefer sitting with one passenger behind the other, as the window seats do offer slightly more privacy due to their angle.

Above seats 1E/1F, on the bulkhead, is a large information screen. This stays on throughout the flight, offering a roaming map perspective. As such, this may become intrusive.

A small bar area is situated directly behind seats 6E/6F.

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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
The Business Class Cabin

Business Class passengers will either turn left (Rows 1-6) or right (Rows 7-9) when you board.

It comprises 42 seats, spread across 9 rows. The configuration is 1-2-1. At the back of Row 6, is a communal bar area for Premium Class Passengers. The bar is more of a curved table, but a QR member of crew is usually stood there.
Despite the note on the QR screen shot, there appear to be only 36 seats in J. This is also consistent with the SeatGuru seating chart.
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Originally Posted by Gerbs View Post
Despite the note on the QR screen shot, there appear to be only 36 seats in J. This is also consistent with the SeatGuru seating chart.
Thanks for the pointer.

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Thanks for the information, particularly for couples.

How about the smaller 2nd Cabin?
Or is that worse due to meal options running out by the time they get back to you?
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
All seats offer direct-aisle access, with no need to step across anybody. All seats are the same in terms of legroom and windows.
As usual for this design, bulkhead rows have wider cubbyholes allowing you to sleep on your side comfortably (especially if you are tall).
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I've heard there's a few more inches of width on the J seats with the A350 vs the 787.
Anyone know if that is the case? Am flying JFK-DOH in a month and was wondering if it'll be spacious enough.
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Old Apr 5, 16, 8:14 pm
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I've heard there's a few more inches of width on the J seats with the A350 vs the 787.
Anyone know if that is the case? Am flying JFK-DOH in a month and was wondering if it'll be spacious enough.
I understand that there is a slight difference in seat width but it isn't very noticeable. Both seats are visually identical and IMO quite comfortable. As noted the bulkhead seats have a bit of extra foot space which I find helpful.
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Old Apr 6, 16, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by TGGDEL View Post
I've heard there's a few more inches of width on the J seats with the A350 vs the 787.
Anyone know if that is the case? Am flying JFK-DOH in a month and was wondering if it'll be spacious enough.
I havent noticed a change in width between 787 and A350. What's good however is that the armrests can be retracted downwards, and you can have a very very wide seat!
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Any comments on people's preference for a single flyer in J? Currently booked in 3A. I enjoy a window seat and the layout looks great. Just wondering if there are any preferred seats?
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If you are tall then the bulkheads have a slight better arrangement for sleeping (see post #2 above) otherwise any window seat is a good choice. I prefer 1K for no particular reason.
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Originally Posted by Steve_ZA View Post
If you are tall then the bulkheads have a slight better arrangement for sleeping (see post #2 above) otherwise any window seat is a good choice. I prefer 1K for no particular reason.
Thanks! I am short at 5'7" so I'll leave the bulkheads for those 6' and taller.
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Originally Posted by Steve_ZA View Post
If you are tall then the bulkheads have a slight better arrangement for sleeping (see post #2 above) otherwise any window seat is a good choice. I prefer 1K for no particular reason.
As someone who is tall (6'3) and will be flying the A350 on QR in a few months, your post caught my eye. Can you expand upon what about 1k has a better arrangement for sleeping. Is it that the foothole/cubbyhole is wider?
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I just flew the 350 in J, DOH-BOS-DOH.

Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
For those sat in Row 1, there may be some potential disturbance from the galley, in the form of light and noise. Additionally, there is one bathroom ahead, so there may be a little disturbance due to passenger traffic.
I did not notice anyone using the front bathroom. People seem to use only the bathrooms behind row 6.


Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
... those seated in Row 6 ... may obviously encounter some noise from the small bar area.
I sat in 6A on the return (BOS-DOH) and noticed no noise.

Note also that in the J cabin, there is no overhead storage space for the E and F seats. There are overhead bins only over the A and K seats.
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