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BA Changing Seat Configuration?

Irvine, California
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BA Changing Seat Configuration?

Is British Airways changing seat configuration in business class. They now have 8 across and you are tripping over people. Flying in May of 2019.

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1. Re: BA Changing Seat Configuration?

You haven’t mentioned which aircraft.

Club World on the B777 is eight abreast but stagged seating laid out as 2-4-2 with forward and rear facing seats.

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2. Re: BA Changing Seat Configuration?

BA has had 8 across business class on the 747 and 777 ever since they introduced fully lie flat business class 18 years ago. I flew it in January 2001. So that’s nothing new.

It’s not great, and there are much better J offerings, but BA still sees value in maintaining F on long haul so keeping J substantially inferior likely protects revenue. It’s not terrible either. At worst you step over one person to reach the aisle and that’s no worse than many airlines out there, and the yin-yang setup makes that step over much easier than many.

Edited: 18 September 2018, 22:59
London, United...
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3. Re: BA Changing Seat Configuration?

I would not expect any change to the current configuration for your flight. BA is due to introduce a new Club World seat with the delivery of their first A350 aircraft, but nobody yet knows exactly what the configuration will be, though direct aisle access from all seats is expected,

It will take some time for those seats to be retrofitted to the fleet, so unless you are in an A350 (notnsure exactly when they arrive), then expect the same as now.

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4. Re: BA Changing Seat Configuration?

<<business class ...8 across>>

This is rather a consequence of the ying/yang order.

If you have an airline with staggered layout you have twice 4 people across but one can give out different rows (A / E / F / K and B / D / G / J).

The moment you look at the layout on a map, you can see that BA also could have given out different rows but it likely would rather confuse the passengers. So they just give out A/B/D/E/F/G/J/K).

Portland, Oregon
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5. Re: BA Changing Seat Configuration?

“<<business class ...8 across>>

This is rather a consequence of the ying/yang order.

If you have an airline with staggered layout you have twice 4 people across but one can give out different rows (A / E / F / K and B / D / G / J).

The moment you look at the layout on a map, you can see that BA also could have given out different rows but it likely would rather confuse the passengers. So they just give out A/B/D/E/F/G/J/K).”

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Nope, there’s nothing staggered about the BA seating. It’s fully 8 across 2-4-2. Just like the sUA United 2-4-2 on the 772s that UA is getting rid of. Though the BA yin-yang is better as the “climb over” is at the feet of the victim and disturbance is less.

When it was introduced in the era when almost all airlines had long haul F it was revolutionary, and BA had the patent to yin-yang. That’s been superseded by all aisle access configurations. Firstly herringbone, and reverse herringbone (not as compact so fewer J seats in the space), and more recently by United’s Polaris, also patented, which give all aisle access while retaining the same number of J seats as the old configuration. Qatar’s QSuites takes things to a whole new level.

Edited: 19 September 2018, 02:07
Liverpool, UK
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6. Re: BA Changing Seat Configuration?

I've never found the BA Club seating to be a problem either having to step over or being stepped over - certainly nothing like tripping over people as it only applies when the seat is in the flat bed position.

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7. Re: BA Changing Seat Configuration?

If you are prepared to pay to select a seat (on the cheap tickets it is not free unless you have Oneworld status) then it is possible to get ones that have direct aisle access.

Which route(s) are you planning to fly on and how fat in advance are you going to book?

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