No more “Golden Row” on BABack to Forum
Anonymous18 Aug 2014
Travelled LHR->NCE on BA last night, and was absolutely chuffed to bits at having snaffled the “Golden Row”.
Alas my excitement was somewhat dimmed when I actually boarded the flight and discovered that the craft was fitted with the new seating, and that there is now no need for a “Golden Row” 🙁
However, it did give me a chance to evaluate the new product, and I must say that I found it to be pretty good.
The seats were more than comfortable for the (close to) 2 hours I spent on the plane. And their sleek, sculpted shape means that there is a greater sense of space, giving the cabin a more open and airy feeling. In addition, the new LED lighting, new overhead locker design, and rich, muted interior colours make it seem “classy”.
Even so, it is still sad that this presages the ultimate demise of the “Golden Row” 🙁18 Aug 2014
Check out the link “Golden Row” in my original post for a detailed description 😉
(BT Admin, could you please config your s/w so that links appear in a different colour)
Regarding legroom, there was no noticeable difference. This is principally as result of the sculpted nature of the new seats, but also because the magazines – which previously stole valuable knee room – are now placed at eye line in a specially moulded slot in the seat in front.18 Aug 2014
The article on ausbt.com is wrong “But there’s one row — the “golden row — which is in 2-2 Club Europe layout, but behind the curtain”
There is no row which is 2-2 in economy on short haul airbus. Some planes with older seats would have the first economy row as 2-3, but the plane could be swapped at late notice to use slimmer seats with all rows 3-3 (including club europe). Now there is a new generation of even slimmer seats which are in similar 3-3 config all through the plane.18 Aug 2014
I recently took a flight with the new seating (2C.)
It looks very nice and the seats are comfortable, but I found it very difficult to work on my laptop (14″) with the seat in front reclined.
There may be ample knee room, but the tray feels much closer and I will be choosing Swiss from now on.18 Aug 2014
Travelled from ZUR to LHR on Swiss last week in economy. The seat in front was not reclined but I was only able to use my laptop because the middle seat next to me was free. It would not have been possible had the row been full.18 Aug 2014
According to Seatplans,Swiss economy is 30″ pitch, the same as BA’s new Club in which I travelled, but Swiss Business has more legroom, so I’m hoping I will be able to work.18 Aug 2014
Having sat in 10C on an A320 I would not have had enough space to use my laptop had either the seat next to me been taken or had the seat in front been reclined.
But maybe you are smaller than me, or don’t mind performing contortions !18 Aug 2014
On a recent flight in CE I reclined my seat slightly to try to nap; having been awake more than is normal. The chap behind protested I was compromising his ability to work on his laptop. This was with the old CE seat. I moved to the middle seat and calm was restored.
Point being does the new configuration make any difference to laptop users?
It would appear not.18 Aug 2014
10C sounds somewhat far back to be in business class, so I cannot see the relevance to me? According to Seat Plans, there is rather less room in Y seats, on Swiss.
Cheeryguy, It gets a little tight in the old converter seats when someone reclines, but it is still possible to work, whilst the new seats have 4″ less pitch, but 3″ recline (as opposed to 4″ less pitch and 2″ recline for most economy seats), so the space is potentially less in Club, than in economy.
I believe that the review of the new seats by BT supports my experience.19 Aug 2014