BA’s new Club Europe layout means a few lucky economy passengers can enjoy a Club Europe seat within the Euro Traveller cabin.
As reported on businesstraveller.com (see online news August 26 for full details), BA’s Club Europe configuration has changed for the second time this year. The new configuration is two seats on the left hand side and three seats on the right hand side of the aircraft (looking forward) though with the armrests for seats D and F widened and with the middle seat E never sold.
Although the above diagram doesn’t show it, the configuration means that the aisle isn’t exactly in the centre of the aircraft – the diagram below shows this.
The problem for BA then became one of how to configure the aircraft as the seating changes from Club Europe to Euro Traveller. In the diagram above, the pinch point can clearly be seen as Club Europe moves into Euro Traveller. The solution has been to introduce a staggered offset (meaning the above diagram is no longer correct).
The seatplans on ba.com show the first row of economy being particularly advantageous.
The first row of economy on many BA aircraft where Club Europe is offered has two Club Europe seats (albeit with Euro Traveller in-flight service) instead of three economy. Usually this is on the left-hand side.
When passengers check-in online these seats show as being Euro Traveller seats, but show a gap in the middle where the third seat would normally be, as demonstrated by the seatplans from ba.com. The diagram below drawn inflight should explain the new layout more clearly, with the seats containing a cross in them being Club Europe seats in the Euro Traveller cabin.
This is currently the case on BA’s A319, A320, A321, B737, B757 and Avro RJ100 aircraft, although the RJ100 fleet (which serve BA Cityflyer routes from London City) are soon to be replaced by Embraer aircraft (see online news September 4).
Armed with this it should be possible to select these seats. Although to do so, unless you are an Executive Club gold or silver card holder, you will have to pay the new advance seat selection fee (see online news September 24 for more details).
For more information visit ba.com.
Report by Mark Caswell