I was on a 10 hour+ flight which was full and I was unable to get 2 seats together upstairs. I asked whether 60B upstairs was being released to a fare paying passengers and the response was no.
I managed to speak one of the cabin crew during the flight who explained that 60B is the Captain’s ‘Rest seat’ yet it was being used by some who quite clearly was not crew, unless BA now employs children! I was told that 60B is allocated to the Captain on flights of 8 hours or more and at his discretion; this seat can be used by a family member or by agreement a member of the cabin crew or even a friend of the crew.
I accept that perks exist, but do find it strange that there is a need for a prime business class seat to be ‘blocked’ for the benefit of the Captain when there is a flight deck that contains 4 seats plus a rest area consisting seperate from the working cockpit area for crew rest/sleep.
Bearing in mind the cabin crew dispute, if 60B was a revenue seat it would more than pay for a few extra (working) crew on a flight!
Can someone within BA please explain the history of 60B and why there is a need for the Captain to have a “Rest Seat” which I have never seen used by a Captain and can be given away at his/her discretion.