British Airways has taken delivery of its new A350-100 aircraft. It has three classes – economy, premium economy, and business. British Airways calls these cabins World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World.
The A350-100 has a total of 331 seats: 219 in economy, 56 in premium economy and 56 in business class (these new seats are called Club Suites, and you can read a review here.)
You can also read our guide to which economy seats to choose on the aircraft:
There are 56 World Traveller Plus seats in a 2-4-2 configuration of AB-DEFG-JK
The seats run from row 20 to row 27.
The best seats are in the front row, and you can see them in the below video:
You might also consider the seats on the back row. They have a lot of advantages.
Firstly, when you recline your seat, you aren’t disturbing anyone else and can’t be disturbed by them. Why might this happen? Well imagine if you are sleeping, and therefore don’t want your meal, but the person behind you does want to eat – you might be woken by the flight attendant and asked to put your seat upright. On the back row, that obviously wouldn’t happen.
Secondly, when passengers get into and out of a seat, they often hold the top of the seat in front. If you are in that seat, you are disturbed during this process, but if you’re in the last row, you’re free of that as well.
But have a look at the video. These seats are very close to the front row of economy, and the thin wall and curtain won’t block out the noise of a screaming child in a bassinet, which is where these will be fixed.
Even if there are no children, one of the points of premium economy is to have a slightly smaller cabin, but if your seat is partly in the economy cabin you lose some of that exclusivity. You also have economy passengers coming through the curtain to use the washroom.
Lastly, when it comes to the best seats, whether you choose a window or aisle seat is largely a matter of personal preference, but the seats to avoid are the two centre seats in the middle of each row.
Here’s another piece on that.
Back to the A350-1000, you can see the seat plan below, or visit the BA A350 information page.
Readers will have their own favourite seats if the front row isn’t available. Bearing in mind the desire of many to sleep on long haul flights, particularly overnight flights, then the potential noise from galleys can also influence choice, and send you to (perhaps) a seat in a row between the front and the back. In this configuration, it would be in rows 23 or 24, perhaps a window or an aisle seat.
We will update this guide when the aircraft goes into long haul service.