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Everything You Wanted to Know About Where to Sit on the Airbus A320

Everything You Wanted to Know About Where to Sit on the Airbus A320

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There is now only one configuration of the United A320:http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...numbering.html

Standard A320 (320)
SeatGuru A320 Seat Map - http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Uni...irbus_A320.php

Airbus A320 Mainline Configuration

FIRST CLASS

The mainline configuration A320 has 12 First Class seats. These are your usual domestic seats. Stated pitch is 38 and the width is 20.5. Seats 1A and 1B have a small cutout at foot level in the bulkhead that gives you a much-appreciated two inches of extra space. 1E and 1F lack this cutout and as such feels tight, but not like the 757. While you cannot stretch out in Row 1, you can cross your legs, in general. The seat recline on the A320 is quite generous, with the caveat that if the person in front of you is fully reclined, it is difficult to get out of the aisle seat and exiting the window seat will require the aisle seat to step into the aisle.

The standard 320 have cloth seats; the converted TED aircraft have leather seats.

Note - at one time, UA A320s used to have tremendous legroom in Row 1 - we're talking into the upper 40 inches, but the planes had their seating reconfigured and now seem to be closer to the stated pitch.

ECONOMY PLUS CLASS ROWS 7-21
Rows 7, 20, and 21 are the best on the plane, hands down, in terms of legroom. Each is well into the mid-40's, if not more.
Row 7 has a cutout under the first-class divider, which allows bag storage and/or additional legroom. Bag storage is possible even for seats 7C and 7D.
Row 21 is an exit row and Row 20 has additional legroom.
Unfortunately, all have armrests that extend to the seat cushion to hold the tray tables. However, the extra one inch of seat width the Airbus Twins have over Boeing narrowbodies (18" vs. 17") helps here. Rows 8 and 10 have 36" pitch. Also note that Row 20 has limited recline so as to not impede egress through the second Window Exit (Row 21).

ECONOMY CLASS ROWS 22-38

Pitch is very tight at 31", but at least the seats are wider then the 757.

Moderator's Note - Older posts from this thread may be found here.

For seating advice on the Airbus A319, please see:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...rbus-a319.html

Related threads:
Update on our Airbus Reconfigurations (Seats, Entertainment, Channel 9, etc.)

Consolidated Where to Sit on a United Plane Threads
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Old Jan 10, 17, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
...The seat map says limited/no recline.
Which is it and how bad is it?...
Seat guru says no recline. I'd assume this is correct, rather than think it isn't
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Old Jan 10, 17, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
I am traveling with my 2 kids and our only options is 12A/B/C.
The seat map says limited/no recline.
Which is it and how bad is it?

I can get 12B/C now and 7F and hope for 7D/E.
I assume 7D/E opens 24 hours prior to departure.
What I'm also wondering is does the 24 hours start exactly 24 hours prior to departure or just after midnight the calendar day before?

Thanks for the advice.
1. No recline
2. 24 hours prior to flight departure. I also wouldn't count on 7D/E being available for you at 24 hours.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 11:59 am
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How do people get 7D/E then prior to 24 hours unless they have special needs?
Do they unblock these for Global Services?
If possible, would you choose 7D/E/F over 12A/B/C?
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Old Jan 10, 17, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
If possible, would you choose 7D/E/F over 12A/B/C?
Yes. Row 7 is the best.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
If possible, would you choose 7D/E/F over 12A/B/C?
Of course, row 7 is much better than row 12 on A320.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
How do people get 7D/E then prior to 24 hours unless they have special needs?
Do they unblock these for Global Services?
Presumably by calling the Accessibility Desk. I would doubt they are available for advance assignment to GS as they do need to hold the seats in case someone has e.g. a leg brace or cast and requires the extra legroom and/or aisle space.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
I am traveling with my 2 kids and our only options is 12A/B/C.
The seat map says limited/no recline.

I can get 12B/C now and 7F and hope for 7D/E.
I assume 7D/E opens 24 hours prior to departure.

Thanks for the advice.
If 7D and 7E do not open up, I think if you asked 12A to swap for 7F (window for window) and sit with your kids most would say yes.

If 7D and/or 7E are needed for special needs you will be out of luck but you can always ask at check-in/at the gate if the seats have been allocated.
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Old Apr 13, 17, 5:01 pm
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Anyone have thoughts on 1AB vs 1EF on the new-F-with-power 320? I think AB had a cutaway on the old-spec 320, not sure on the new one. Thanks.
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Old Apr 13, 17, 5:30 pm
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Anyone have thoughts on 1AB vs 1EF on the new-F-with-power 320? I think AB had a cutaway on the old-spec 320, not sure on the new one. Thanks.
They're basically the same. Which is a change because E/F used to have much less space to the bulkhead.

Though with the new seats, there's not much reason for bulkhead anymore.
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Old Apr 13, 17, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
They're basically the same. Which is a change because E/F used to have much less space to the bulkhead.

Though with the new seats, there's not much reason for bulkhead anymore.
Thanks!
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Old Apr 13, 17, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
They're basically the same. Which is a change because E/F used to have much less space to the bulkhead.

Though with the new seats, there's not much reason for bulkhead anymore.
With the slide-forward version of recline I think that's a major downgrade to the bulkhead, unless they've moved the seats back to compensate.
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Old Apr 13, 17, 6:50 pm
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
With the slide-forward version of recline I think that's a major downgrade to the bulkhead, unless they've moved the seats back to compensate.
They did on the 320
not as much room on the 319 though.
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Old Apr 13, 17, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO 1K View Post
They did on the 320
not as much room on the 319 though.
I flew on a 320 in February with the new seats in row 1, and the lack of a cutout wasn't a problem, so they apparently did move the seats back a bit.
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Old Apr 13, 17, 8:28 pm
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Originally Posted by halls120 View Post
I flew on a 320 in February with the new seats in row 1, and the lack of a cutout wasn't a problem, so they apparently did move the seats back a bit.
Yeah the reason I would generally not pick the bulkhead on 319/20 is lack of underseat storage. Really not much benefit to bulkhead now that you don't have the seat in front reclining into your lap.
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Can anyone confirm if the bulkhead row (specifically seat 7F) provides enough space to get out to the aisle without making the persons occupying seats 7D or 7E get up?
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