joshdean
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LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:14 pm

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
 
ACDC8
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:03 pm

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.
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richardw
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:45 pm

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

You will need your airline locator reference.
 
Pomnath
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:55 pm

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.
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6thfreedom
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:02 pm

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!
 
LordHowe
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:03 pm

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
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Pomnath
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:12 pm

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
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qfflyer
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:16 pm

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
 
geoffm
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:27 pm

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.
 
LordHowe
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:35 pm

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
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777STL
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 9:13 pm

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.
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wunala
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 9:42 pm

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.
 
geoffm
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:36 am

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.
 
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 2:07 am

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
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EurofleetLHR
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RE: LHR - SYD On BA And Qantas. Best Seat?

Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:59 am

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

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