BA removes middle seat in Club Europe

20 Nov 2008 by Mark Caswell

British Airways has
fallen in line with its major competitors on short-haul European routes, by
guaranteeing a free middle seat for Club Europe passengers.

Air France and Lufthansa
have both employed this practice for some time, and while in reality BA does already
keep the middle seat free where availability permits, on busy routes this is
not always possible.

BA’s configures
most of its short-haul aircraft (including its Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 and
A320 fleet) in a 2-3 layout in Club Europe, and from February 23 next year the
airline says it will guarantee passengers a window or aisle seat by keeping the
middle seat of three free.

Robert Boyle, commercial director at
British Airways, said: “We’ve listened to customer feedback and taken the
decision to leave the middle seat unoccupied to give our customers that extra
privacy and sense of personal space.”

For more information visit To see the seatplans for BA’s short-haul and long-haul fleet, as well as seatplans, images and advice on the best seat to choose on major airlines worldwide, visit our sister website

Report by Mark Caswell

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