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Anonymous20 Jan 2013
Flew this morning from LHR to DUB. Due to weather related disruptions though, a new plane was allocated (since “ours” was in Belfast): G-MEDK. It used to belong to British Med Airways before joining the BMI fleet and BA’s (http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Airbus/A320/2441,G-MEDK-British-Airways.php). It seems though it has been retrofitted by BA in October 2012. The result is unusual…
Instead of the usual Club Europe seats (http://www.britishairways.com/travel/club-europe/public/en_gb) with a “small” side (A&C) and a “large” one (D&F), the two sides are identical. Middle seat remains free, and seats are slightly larger thanks to armrests moves (like on AF). And no curtain between business and eco. Is it:
– An evolution of the Club Europe product?
– A domestic fleet aircraft that was used to replace “our” plane?20 Jan 2013
Not an evolution of the Club Europe product – just inherited a different style of convertible seat from BMI. The’s a switch under the arm rests that allow them to swing into the middle seat to create more room. There’s also a tray table that drops down from the centre seat – but BA don’t use it.20 Jan 2013
I also noted the different seats on a recent Club Europe flight to T1.
BA’s A319s operating out of same terminal now have 25 rows instead of the usual 22.21 Jan 2013
So it seems that the T1 A319 fleet is pretty much made of ex-BMI aircraft, hence offering another type of seats and no jacket service (since there is no cupboard!). That being said, flew on G-DBCI on Saturday, a plane that seems to go to several destinations, domestic and European (according to http://www.thebasource.com/jettracker.html). So not sure what the rule is…28 Jan 2013
Yes most of the aircraft used out of T1 are ex BMI and BMed planes.
The majority of them are also “loose hold” loaded which means checked in baggage is loaded individually via belts, rather than stacked in pallets like in T5…. Having said that I don’t the the BMed planes are loose loaded…28 Jan 2013