Good Advice Features guide to... which seat to choose on BA's A380

World Traveller

All seats in economy have a 31-inch pitch and 8.9-inch seat back entertainment screens, as well as personal UK power points and USB connectivity.


Upper deck economy is configured 2-4-2 (3-4-3 on the main deck), one reason you might want to try and secure a seat on the upper deck.

The cabin feels less packed, and couples can get some privacy when sitting in the window seats.

Note that rows 70 and 80 do not have windows, despite offering bulkhead legroom.

On the upper deck all window seats have a personal storage cupboard.

Seats 81 EF, 71EF, 36EF and 21EF all have limited legroom due to the positioning of in-flight entertainment (IFE) boxes and the metal braces for the seats.

IFE boxes are generally unavoidable in economy and premium economy on this aircraft but apart from the aforementioned rows this isn’t a huge impediment.

There aren’t any washrooms to the rear of this small economy section but there is a very large galley area, which could be noisy.

Taking the rear spiral staircase down to the main deck where the configuration is 3-4-3.

Seats AB, EF and JK share foot space, however there is more of it than normal.

Again avoid the first row back from the bulkhead as the IFE boxes and seat braces mean foot space is more limited than elsewhere in the cabin.

Check out the missing seat in economy at 25D, this will inevitably become a choice seat on the plane. Note that the IFE screen pops out of the left armrest here as there is no seat in front.

World Traveller Plus

Premium economy is upholstered in a royal blue material and configured 2-3-2. The seat is similar to economy in appearance but with a cocktail table in between seats. The screen is also larger at 10.5-inches and there are two USB sockets and a UK power-point at each seat.

The seat has a better recline and seven inches more legroom than economy, and has around an inch of extra width, meaning it isn’t particularly generous in this department. There is also a sturdy metal foot rest.

This shows the front row once you have walked through Club World.

All premium economy seats are located on the upper deck, sandwiched between two small Club World cabins and two economy cabins.

As they are on the upper deck all window seats have personal locker space. Seats in rows 67 and 68 may be desirable for those that don’t like to disturb the passenger behind by reclining but these are in close proximity to toilets.

Note that the IFE boxes are there, but you can fit your feet around them with no problem.

Catering is also improved as entrees come from the Club World menu and warm bread is now offered. 

Club World

On the upper deck this is the same product as described on the B787 Dreamliner, so for a full description, click here.

The two cabins on the upper deck are kept small and intimate, offering a sense of privacy even though there are 53 seats upstairs.

The BA logo on the wall going up the stairs, two large bathrooms and backlit logo on the front wall all give the cabin a sense of exclusivity and luxury.

The upper deck window seats all have the advantage of personal lockers.

I’d avoid the front aisle seat.

The middle seat in the 2-3-2 upper deck configuration is possibly the most desirable for the business traveller.

There is an extra storage space for this seat.

On the main deck the seating is 2-4-2 and if you are not travelling in a pair try to avoid the middle two seats - EF – as they lack privacy.


One piece of trivia before I start on this beautiful product: this is the first airline seat fitted with an airbag due to the location of the seat wall. It is located in the small panel on the seat wall directly in front of the passenger.

First is located in the quietest nose section of the aircraft and is configured 1-2-1 in just four rows (three down the middle).

Each seat has two windows which have an automatic window blind which is controlled by the panel on the right. This panel also has the silver dial control which puts the seat fully flat, and controls for the reading light, dining light and lamp, which is dimmable.

The fittings on this seat are reminiscent of a luxury car, black leather with fine white stitching and chrome touches. The seat feels very spacious, almost like the suites found on other A380s but without a door. This means they aren’t quite as private but the sense of luxury and personal space is seriously impressive.

There is a large chrome bordered space for personal items on the right from which the heavy black tray table pops out. The tray table has a black leather top like a hotel writing desk and then folds out to a large, sturdy dining table which slides towards the passenger.

The 15-inch IFE screen clips out from the side wall and sits at eye level when dining or tilts down for when lying fully flat. When fully flat the bed is 6ft 6in long and goes flush with the ottoman at the end. The seat has a kind of mattress topper before it is made up, making it very comfortable.

The extra space afforded by the wide A380 cabin means passengers can spread out when sleeping as there is ample foot room, you may even be tempted to sleep back to front, offering superior privacy and lots of shoulder space.

Each seat comes with its own wardrobe, complete with a hanger for suits and enough space to store your carry on, as well as overhead lockers located over the aisle seats.

There is a black leather topped side locker which houses the IFE remote, power sockets and two USB ports and can also be used to store personal items.

Catering is fine dining with à la carte and flexible options on offer, alongside a wide selection of wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. BA has also introduced a champagne supper option, including a choice of three variations of champagne and an à la carte menu featuring lighter meals than the 'standard' menu, on departures after 10pm. There is also a constant selection of light Bites (savoury snacks, premium quality sweets, chocolate and liquid chocolate from Hotel Chocolat) available.