Flew BA CE twice last week, first to Basel, then to Barcelona. First three of these sectors were in the standard CE config with the older seats where the seats are wide, there’s a gap between 1A and 1C where the armrests have been moved together and the recline goes back enought to sleep reasonably well.
However, returning from Barcelona on Monday on a new A319 all the seats were new thin, uncomfortable recaro-style ones with the width the same as economy (ie cramped). In CE they had no headrest covers on the middle seats and curtain at row 5.
Main issues are
a) they reclined about an inch
b) they’re no wider than economy
c) they’re useless when travelling with partner as there’s an entire seat between you both
d) no cocktail tray on the armrest e) the seats are deeply uncomfortable with no padding on the arms.
Now I know that BA tried doing this a year or so ago (making all the seats the same size) and there was uproar from regular CE travellers (like me). Can enyone confirm if they are trying to do this standard (cost-saving) seat configuration trick again?
If so then (other than the food) there’s no difference between CE and Euro Traveller as most of the middle seats were also free down the back! Disappointing and hopefully not the shape of things to come for those of us who have to travel in Europe a lot.