I've flown both on long haul from the USA to India. I have not flown the new LH
J class, only the one that is currently in their 747-400s.
, each has its advantages, and BA
's is not automatically better because it goes flat. It's better for sleeping, that's true. However, if you are a member of this forum, you probably prefer window seats, as I do. BA
's window seats face backwards, which is somewhat strange. At least, I found it odd to be looking into the engine intakes.
seats are narrow - no wider than economy, so Lufthansa's seats are better for sitting. BA
seats are also lumpy - the lumbar support for when you're sitting up is sort of under your a$$ when you're lying down, which makes it feel like a sofa bed. Make sure you "flatten" the lumbar support before you lie down, or it's even worse.
There is very little storage space in BA
's seat area. I could barely find a place to put my glasses when I lay down to sleep, and no place for my book. I tossed my book down on the floor with my shoes.
Finally, getting out of BA
seats to go the bathroom when everyone is sleeping is really bad. On LH
, if you know the person next to you (in my case, my wife), you can just sort of squeeze past. Not in BA
. Because the window seat faces backwards, you get out by going past the person in the aisle seat behind
you. You almost definitely do not know that person, and you can't just squeeze past. You have to step over the person's reclining legs. Think of stepping over a cot, and you get the idea. It's difficult at best, and impossible for me since I have a disabled leg. I just "hold my water" at night!
However, don't get me wrong: I'm not saying I prefer LH
's to BA
's seats. Each has its benefits. I do prefer LH
as an airline, but for other reasons. I like both airlines' seats, and I fly with whichever one gives me and my wife lower J-class fares to India. Don't assume BA
is better just because it goes flat.