Seat Map British Airways Airbus A380 800 (388)

Seat map for British Airways Airbus A380 800 (388)

Seating details

Class Seats
First Class 14
Club World 97
World Traveller Plus 55
World Traveller 303

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Overall rating
4 of 5 based on 38 user ratings


4 of 5
27 Helpful votes
Seat 83J
From JNB

I had the window seat and my daughter the aisle seat of this Twin combo on the right side of the British Airways A380-800 aircraft. We swapped mid-flight so that my daughter could sleep while resting her head on the luggage bin.
I am 5'10" so generally suffer in Economy seats on long haul flights but I was suitably impressed with BA's A380-800's seats, which were roomier than Virgin's. Despite the entertainment box, about which many complain and that occupied part of the legroom space of my window seat, I was able to extend my right leg alongside the body of the aircraft and the seat in front so the box did not present an issue, at all.
The back-rest of the seat in front was broken and kept springing backwards but, apart from one jolt to my leg while I slept, this did not affect me in the least. Because our day had started at 4.00 a.m. with a four-hour drive and a 2.5 hour connecting flight, I was suitably tired when boarding our overnight A380 flight and, perhaps, any anticipated inconveniences became inconsequential.
However, while I am a huge B747 fan, I can confirm that our A380 was a lovely, clean, smooth and quiet aircraft, our steward was a great entertainer and the flight was a pleasant experience, overall. The window provided a great view outside and of the enormous wing to the front.
Our steward kindly warned us that because we were in front of the galley, there would be noise for one hour into our flight but, following dinner service, the curtain would be closed and peace prevail.
The cabin crew did not bother us with their dinner preparations. However, a couple of passengers irritated me as they pushed through the curtain, leaving it slightly open for the light to glare through. Each time, I was forced to close the gap in the curtain to return the cabin to darkness.

One should be mindful of the fact that because these seats are at the back of the aeroplane, the recline is not as great as those in the rest of the cabin, so these should be avoided if this is an important consideration.
The luggage bins in the Upper Deck were a huge asset since we always travel light with hand luggage and, therefore, did not require the overhead lockers.
BA's caterers are superior to the South African caterers who provided the JNB to LHR leg's food. The food was bland and uninteresting and I was surprised to find that they had provided margarine instead of butter! We selected the Ovo Lacto Vegetarian option and, for some reason, airline caterers seem to think that Vegetarians eat only pasta and fruit! Fruit for dinner and the same fruit for breakfast!
While the LHR-JNB leg's food was superb - and, yes ... included a delicious pasta meal - the JNB-LHR leg's menu was disappointing.
Two sets of toilets to the front serve the back cabin, which was small and intimate. Perhaps, because it was an overnight flight, there was not a constant footfall to the toilets, the sound of flushing, banging of the doors or blast of light into the cabin as the doors were opened and closed.

Many would not choose the rear seats but we found them to be perfectly acceptable. Perhaps, we were lucky with our particular cabin crew and fellow passengers or the fact that it was a red-eye flight. Whatever ... I do not have any complaints.

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4 of 5

44 Helpful votes
1 Reviews
Seat 64A
From London - London Heathrow (LHR)
To Hong Kong - Hong Kong International (HKG)

This was our first journey on the A380 and our first using he BA World Traveller Plus. We chose the mid section seats in order to remain clear of the toilets and areas where people tend to congregate. The actual cabin is not that impressive and does not stand out from the World Traveller cabin compared with Virgin and Air New Zealand and that does take the edge off things as the price difference is not an insignificant amount. The pre flight drink going to HKG was a choice of water or Cava the later was quite nice but on the return he offer was only water or orange. Again this in no way matches Virgin and Air New Zealand. That said the staff were lovely on all flights and very attentive. The food was ok but again nothing special but the wines on offer were of an excellent choice. The seats are comfortable and on a long flight the upgrade to WT Plus is worth every penny. Loads of legroom and bags of recline. So much so we managed at least 4 hours sleep on our return flight. I am not sure why BA installed the window boxes for seats A and B. OK it is useful but in truth it is a massive waste of space and without it the seats could have been widened to match Virgin Premium Economy and all 7 seats in each row would have been more comfortable and desirable. The In Flight Entertainment was OK but not as extensive as other airlines but on the return flight sleep was more important. In summing up I did enjoy both my A380 flights but feel that BA needs to take a serious look at other airlines and make the Plus that bit more special.

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5 of 5
24 Helpful votes
Seat 81k
From Singapore - Changi (SIN)
To London - London Heathrow (LHR)

Paid the extra £31 to choose this seat 2 days before the flight- was easy to do, wanted to experience the upper deck as not been on A380 before. In a party of 5 who had the seats behind: 82j & k and 83 J and k. We're pleased we had. Airbus is very comfortable- the seats width snd legroom seemed on a par with our 777 flight in prem econ to Hong Kong- so seemed good value. We got the usual blanket but also toothbrush which was nice extra. Service from both stewards was great- polite, efficient and quick. Entertainment system was good and worked very well. Liked that the seat rest goes up which makes it easier to get in and out. The 5 inches of extra room on the window side is a great help as is the window side boxes which stored our hand luggage and duty free so no need to put things under chairs which meant all the legroom was for legs. Got 6 hours sleep so figured the night flight mode and quietness of this back cabin was good. The stewards do go up and down but didn't interrupt my sleep. Quieter aircraft than 777 and the cabin at the rear on upper deck is smaller in rows of seats so feels more like prem econ. The 2 back seats in 83 which carry the bad seat wRning on seat guru were fine for our teenagers. They weren't bothered by the galley at all and enjoyed the flight a lot. Would say being on upper deck was worth it.

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3 of 5

2 Helpful votes
1 Reviews
Seat 51E
From Johannesburg - Oliver Reginald Tambo International (JNB)
To London - London Heathrow (LHR)

Dreadfull, the seat is reasonably comfortable providing you stay still. Any kind of movment is problomatic due to the confined space. Prior to and during takeoff, and during meal service one is virtually face to face with two people who may be strangers. Added to that is food being passed over your fellow passengers to you. When everything is stowed, retreiving anything is a nightmare, especially when the bed is flat. Also the toilet becomes a challenge, clambering over the legs of a fellow passenger who may or may not be asleep. Definitely the worst seat configuration in business class have ever encountered. I have flown round the world several times, and flown between the UK and USA/ SA frequently with various airlines. This crew were professional and courteous, but somewhat distant. The food was at best average, but running out of vegetarian meals and fruit on an aircraft which was by no means full seemed a bit odd. The 380, my first, was very impressive, with a decent seat configuration it could be a winner. These particular toilets were excellent, as was the wine. BA needs to do better, will not be using BA for longhaul business class until that configuration is changed.

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3 of 5
48 Helpful votes
Seat 64B
From Los Angeles-Los Angeles International (LAX)
To London-London Heathrow (LHR)

Travelling home on the overnight flight from LA, our first ever experience of the A380 wasn't overwhelming. The seats were ok, we especially liked the storage bin under the window (as we don't travel with huge amounts of cabin luggage)but my flight was spoiled by the passenger in front exercising his right to recline his seat fully, making mealtime very awkward. The stewardess did say - AFTER the event! - that she could have asked him to sit up, but then I would have felt under pressure to eat up quickly. BA take note - it is a design fault when the seat in front ends up in your lap!!! Plus points, it was certainly the quietest flight I have been on and the quality of the seat back video screen was very good. Service was ok, but nothing special. Breakfast was absolutely dreadful, a croissant as hard as a brick and a granola bar so chewy it could have harmed your teeth. In summary, been there, done that, not at all bothered if I never fly one again.

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2.5 of 5
47 Helpful votes
Seat 28K
From London-London Heathrow (LHR)
To Los Angeles-Los Angeles International (LAX)

Very disappointed with the leg space in economy class. The plane is nice and I chose the flight particularly to try A380. But...I couldn't fit. We are a family of 3 and got 3 seats in the window row. I am 170 cm tall and once the seat in front of you is reclined I cannot fit. And we are talking about 11 h flight. My husband is 190 cm and he cannot fit even if the seat is not reclined, his legs stayed out and he was lucky that the seat in front of him was not reclined. We both have sore legs and its 3 days after the flight. We never had this problem when flying with BA on B747, so I am very disappointed as my expectations on A380 was very high. This spoils all the nice impression from the rest of the flight. I would avoid using a380 of BA in future

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4 of 5
40 Helpful votes
Seat 25D
From Los Angeles-Los Angeles International (LAX)
To London-London Heathrow (LHR)

Couldn't be more pleased! In front of this seat is a floor hatch that must be accessible. That gives you 2 rows worth of legroom. There are strong advantages over bulkhead and exit row seats. 1] the extra legroom, 2] non-isle standing room to access your overhead compartment, 3] a seat in front to stow your smaller gear, 4] not near restrooms so no traffic but close enough, 5] no cranky babies nearby, 6] no reclined seat back in front of you, 7] your own free-standing video display. The seat might be a tiny bit narrower than standard because the tray table is stored in the armrest but it has standard recline. On balance, this is the best seat [if you don't need a window] in World Traveler [economy] class. I give 4 stars for standard in class aspects and 5 stars for the best legroom.

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4 of 5
17 Helpful votes
Seat 72B
From London - London Heathrow (LHR)
To Johannesburg - Oliver Reginald Tambo International (JNB)

I was very exited to fly on the a380 for the first time. Didn't really know which seat to take when i read all the comments here. So me and my partner decided to take a twin seat on the upper deck (72A-72B).
The plane itself is nice and gives an impression of space. Very quiet and smooth on take off.

When it comes to the seat I'm not sure. 72A has got 2 entertainment boxes underneath the seat in front which don't really disturb since there's space on the left of the seat to put your left leg. Leg room apart from that is nothing special compared to other airplanes. It's ok as long as the person in front of you doesn't recline his seat to the maximum.

Overall a very nice and quiet plane but the seats and legroom are nothing special.

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1.5 of 5
3 Helpful votes
Seat 38E
From London - London Heathrow (LHR)
To Los Angeles - Los Angeles International (LAX)

I often have to travel long-haul flights due to my job. This was my first time travelling long-haul with BA. I've never been treated as badly in my life. Most but not all of the crew were ignorant towards me and my fellow passengers. They were unhelpful and couldn't have cared less about us. I will never fly with BA again. I am disgusted at the treatment I received from them. BA have a big name but I can assure you will be treated much better and actually enjoy your flight on smaller carriers. BA need to start training their crew like that of the wonderful polite and helpful crew on Aerlingus and Virgin.

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4.5 of 5
5 Helpful votes
Seat 22k
From London - London Heathrow (LHR)
To Los Angeles - Los Angeles International (LAX)

Love the A380, felt more relaxed and not at all snuffly on arrival at LA. Paid extra for seats found 22k lacking in leg room due to unmoveable box where I wanted to put my feet. It is a window seat but short on view as the wing is ENORMOUS!! So, if you want a good window view go further back or upstairs. HOWEVER, there are minor issues. Overall the flight was full to the brim,cabin crew excellent,and listening to the American customers they were all extatic at the FREE in flight bar, not something they are used to. Love BA just wish I could DO 1st class!!Maybe next time.

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