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Anonymous5 Nov 2010
Flew BCN to LHR this morning on an A320. Captain announced a/c 2 weeks only in service. However I noticed the plane was completely fitted out in 6 a breast seating. None of the usual flexible seats in the front that can convert to 2 + 3. Of course the middle seat in club was blocked out but the seats themselves were identical throughout the plane.
A while ago BA moved to 6 a breast in Club Europe (with B and E not being allocated) but went back to 5 a-breast (with seat E blocked out) after customer feedback.
Does anyone know if there has been a change of plan. Is this config the shape of things to come? They publicise wider seats in Club Europe but on this flight my seat was defintiely the same width as in Euro Traveller?5 Nov 2010
Cant comment on the FIXED seating.
CE is 2 each side, the earlier problem was that the convertible seats on the port side were 3 abreast with the middle empty but opened up, they reverted to converting them so the middle seat ( so to speak )was very narrow.5 Nov 2010
Yep they have been like that for years, but on this aircraft it was 6 a-breast throughout the whole plane with middle seat blocked out in Club. I have never seen that before on BA.5 Nov 2010
I think (please correct me if I am worng) on new aircraft as they come into service, this it is how it is going to be. They will not have the converter seating, and therefore you will not get any extra width. The middle seat will still not be sold.5 Nov 2010
This was brought up on another thread about three or four months ago. Apparently it appears that some new aircraft were ordered without adjustable seats at the time of the change last year.
I suspect VK or ContinentalClub will be able to confirm5 Nov 2010
It’s true; the new aircraft were not ordered with convertible seating, anticipating the demise of CE by the time they were delivered.
These planes will be largely rostered on shorthaul routes where the lack of convertibility will not be an issue.
But there will be times when they are on CE routes.
It’s not good news, and I’m not happy about it. But I am firmly of the opinion that CE will start being dropped on some routes from Q4 2010, and then these aircraft will pick up those routes.
Until then, if you pay for a wider seat in CE and don’t get it, write and tell BA it’s not acceptable.
Our comments are read, and indeed BA adopted exactly the suggestion I wrote to them complaining and withdrawing all my shorthaul business when they narrowed CE a few years ago, so there’s no reason to believe that writing in won’t get convertible seats retro-fitted to these machines.
But I doubt it.5 Nov 2010
Disappointing news, VintageKrug.
Sounds like a return to the not so good CE days that you mention.
I hope that CE remains on a majority of routes as it does provide a better and more comfortable experience (more space, better catering and champagne) especially on the longer band 3/4 routes.5 Nov 2010
There are two crumbs of comfort though.
These “SpaceSaver Seats” in my opinion have more comfortable head rests than the Converter seats – and as they are thinner than the Converter seats – the CE rows (1-12 on an A320) – seem to have much massive pitch because they still have the 34in pitch but thinner seats – still very comfy I think.6 Nov 2010
The new Airbus deliveries which have registrations G-EUY_, starting at G-EUYA strangely enough nearly all have non converter seating. There is, if I remember correctly, one aircraft I think B or C that has converter seating for some reason.11 Nov 2010
Also, these aircraft will be deployed on any route. They are not specific to domestic or “short haul” routes. So, you may even find them on the night departure DME flights or on such routes as ATH and IST. They do not have IFE capabilities apart from the moving map and safety video, however if they are required to be used, they will be, without the consideration of converter or non-converter seating taken into account.11 Nov 2010