Orion737
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BA Trident Seating Configurations

Sun Jul 17, 2005 9:42 pm

I have always been fascinated by the Trident and have heard BA used to have a few rows of rear-facing seats on board their 3Bs. Where were they located? Were they favoyrably received by passengers?

I know many people avoid rearward seats on trains, so were the Trident rear seats equally unpopular?
 
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Sun Jul 17, 2005 10:34 pm

I remember when I was very young, that I was on a plane which had facing seats, as I recall it was at the emergency exit.

Whether I was on a BA trident or not I was far too young to know - and only just remember this detail myself!
 
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:18 pm

Channel Airways had 7 abreast seating in their tridents which I'm sure was even more unpopular. Try searching the photo database because I'm sure I've seen a picture of the rear facing seats you refer to. If I remember correctly, they changed direction around the emergency exit so the forward part of the cabin had rear facing seats. I have flown in rear facing seats on a Dan Air BAC 1-11 and it wasn't so bad, just a strange feeling during the climb of being tilted forwards. I suppose the only way to recreate in now is in the rear facing BA Club World seats so if anyone has any spare tickets they'd like to give me I will be happy to write a trip report Wink

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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 12:45 am

Quoting Orion737 (Thread starter):
I have always been fascinated by the Trident and have heard BA used to have a few rows of rear-facing seats on board their 3Bs.

Flew the 3Bs between Paris ORY and LHR on BEA...yes, there were rearward facing seats just behind the #2 doors as I recall. Passengers were in them because the flight was full, don't know if they liked them or not.

One thing I remember was the take-off performance was lacking (and on a short hop from Paris to London)...made the A340-300 look like a rocket.
 
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:42 am

Quoting Highpeaklad (Reply 2):
I suppose the only way to recreate in now is in the rear facing BA Club World seats so if anyone has any spare tickets they'd like to give me I will be happy to write a trip report

Does WN still have rear facing seats?
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:08 am

Remember, safety experts have long stated that rearward facing seats would be safer in an accident, but airlines have resisted configuring the cabins that way because passengers are reluctant.
 
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:16 am

Many Dash-8's have the first row rear facing. In business jets it is very popular to have so called "club seating" what means you basically seat like in a train, one row rear facing, the next one forward facing etc.
 
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:03 am

They had rear facing seats in the Trident as well as in Vanguards. Its a long time ago and I don't really remember the exact location but it was mentioned here already and on the Vanguards I think it was in the rear of the cabon.

Rear facing seats in BA Club a very popular and I usually request this when flying BA.
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:11 am

British Airways/BEA: Row 1 on the Trident 3's was rear-facing. Several rows in the middle of Trident 2's faced the rear as well.
 
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:54 pm

On the Trident 1s and 2s of BEA/BA the first four rows from the centre doors to the first emergency exit were rear-facing. I have tried to find a cabin view picture of a Trident in service showing the rear-facing seats, but the only one I have found is in Max Kingsley-Jones' book on the Hawker Siddeley Trident. Unfortunately my scanner is down and I cannot paste it here.

It is difficult to say whether the rear-facing seats were popular with passengers. They often filled up quickly, but that was probably because on flights where the seat numbers were unassigned (which was often the case on BEA in the 1970s) people grabbed the seats as they were the first seats they passed. I think that most passengers preferred the forward facing seats. Nervous flyers would probably prefer a rear-facing seat as sitting in this direction minimises injury if there was a forced or hard landing.
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RE: BA Trident Seating Configurations

Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:56 pm

Yes, I remember flying on the rear-facing seats on BA's Tridents... but I can't remember where they were located.
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