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LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?  
User currently offlineJoshdean From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13695 times:

Hello.

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!

Cheers,
Josh

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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13665 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.



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13620 times:

Register at www.ba.com and www.qantas.com.au then choose your seats.

You will need your airline locator reference.


User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13598 times:

Well, whatever seat you got, as long as it wasn't on today's Qantas from London to Sydney via Singapore, which caught fire in the air and had to make an emergency landing at Kolkata CCU earlier today.

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/oct/18jet.htm

576 passengers on this plane as per this report. Wow, is that possible? I think not.


User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3328 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13582 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 3):
576 passengers on this plane as per this report. Wow, is that possible? I think not.

uuuummm, i don't think so.

configs on QF's B747's are:

B744
432 seats
412 seats
379 seats
343 seats (ER)

B743
450 seats

maybe it's a typo that shoud read 376, not '5'76!


User currently offlineLordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13580 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 3):
576 passengers on this plane as per this report. Wow, is that possible? I think not

Me neither. Must be 376 ...

Are they back in the air again?

Regards,
LordHowe



Lord Howe Island - The Last Paradise
User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13565 times:

Being checked, then refuelled, still on ground at CCU, and then all going well should be back in the air "shortly". Apparently smoke in cockpit and/or rear of the aircraft.

Total 369 souls on board, now reported. Though a report from Ireland claims "almost 600 souls on board".

http://www.unison.ie/breakingnews/?ca=32&si=80941&breakingnews=1


User currently offlineQFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13557 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.



Cheers


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13534 times:

Quoting Joshdean (Thread starter):
Any suggestions, what is the best way to ensure I get this seat?

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.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineLordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13518 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 3):
today's Qantas from London to Sydney via Singapore

Is it QF10? Going via MEL to SYD ...

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 3):
http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/oct/18jet.htm

It's so typical of newspapers - they are reporting it came from Singapore and was going to London ...

Regards,
LordHowe



Lord Howe Island - The Last Paradise
User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3642 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13460 times:

Quoting Joshdean (Thread starter):
Any suggestions, what is the best way to ensure I get this seat? Any other tips?

I'd get a window seat in the last four rows of the airplane, where the fuselage tapers. The wing doesn't really obstruct your view, it's worth sitting that far back IMO.



PHX based
User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13434 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.

Cheers.


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13332 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.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineJetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13298 times:

Yes last few back seats are more spacious where there are only 2 seats, rather than 3. Apart from that pay more and I'd go for 1A


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 8 hours ago) and read 13218 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.

HTH

EurofleetLHR


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