Joshdean From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14136 times:
I'm flying to Sydney from Heathrow in February on BA7372 (Qantas) on 11/02/06 and returning on BA0010 (BA) on 03/03/06 in Economy. I want a seat whereby I am forward enough of the engines to have a good view out the window, but not so far back that the view is significantly obstructed. Any suggestions, what is the best way to ensure I get this seat? Any other tips? Expect a full trip report on my return!
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7712 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14106 times:
To get a rough idea on the possible seat layouts, try ... http://www.seatguru.com/
As far as I know, I don't think you can reserve your seat in advance on BA (not sure about QF). Best way to get a seat you want, try to check in as early as you possibly can.
QFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13998 times:
The QF flight will be a 3 class plane, so the first row of Y is just behind the leading edge of the wing so no matter what your view will be slightly obstructed.
Also the rows 34-38 are blocked for premium QF FFers, so unless you are a member your chances are much reduced of getting these seats.
This is a photo from 36A departing SIN on QF 32 earlier this year.
Qantas don't allocate seats in advance like many other airlines do. All they do is put a request in with your ticket record. If somebody checks-in before you and takes the seat you've requested, then the check-in agents know nothing about it - until you check-in with the same request.
At least BA have some kind of advance seat booking system, though I'd risk a sub-optimal seat and go with QF since IMHO they are marginally better overall.
Wunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13875 times:
Quoting Geoffm (Reply 8): Qantas don't allocate seats in advance like many other airlines do
Yes they do. I fly internationaly with them to LHR and always have a seat allocation, even in Y.
Best seats are at the front or on the upper deck, or see if you can blag your way into the front Y section. Think there are only 4 rows, it is quite, but you do get to see whats happening at the front when the curtain moves, which is a pisser especially when you have been downgraded.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 13773 times:
Quoting Wunala (Reply 11): Quoting Geoffm (Reply 8):
Qantas don't allocate seats in advance like many other airlines do
Yes they do
No they don't, at least according to this thread. Maybe you've just been lucky. Note that you cannot go to Expedia (or the likes) and select the seat you want like you can with other airlines - the fact you have to call them ought to suggest that something is different about the way they handle seats.
EurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13659 times:
For your return flight on BA, it will depend on the configuration of the 747.
Basically, there are NO rows in their World Traveller cabins that are forward of the wing.
If they use one with a low Club World / high World Traveller configuration (which they usually use on the BA010), then World Traveller starts at row 25, which is over the wing, not in front of it. This is also a bulkhead row, which will are usually allocated to those customers travelling with infants - once they have been allocated, any remaining seats will be allocated to anyone else. So - be prepared to sit next to a parent with junior - who may sleep the whole journey, or scream for most of it !!!!!! Also, IMHO, if you are over 6ft tall, you will find a bulkhead seat of no use - if you have long legs, there is nowhere to put them (the bulkhead is solid, so you get limited room to stretch out). A better option for this configuration would be a seat in row 28 - the emergency exit row - with stacks more legroom, but be aware they are extremely popular, and may have already been pre-assigned to their top-level Executive Card Holders.
If a high Club World /low World Traveller configuration, then World Traveller starts at row 33 (bulkhead), and also more bulkhead seats in rows 39 (seats HJK), and row 40 (seats ABC). The choice here is bulkhead or regular seating. There are no emergency exit rows in World Traveller on this particular configuration.