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For LHR-MIA on a 744 I was looking at 51 and 52 B or K with the extra room what is there to my left or right? Is there a widow there? It seems like a weird seat with that empty space next to it.
I've been back there on a NW
744, and they became my favorite economy seats on any plane. I assume it would be about the same on BA
, although BA
has one less two-fer row than NW
, so this may not be 100% precise. There's some pros and cons, but I think the pros outway the cons by a wide margin.
Room - Row 51 would probably have about a foot, give or take, of space between the seat and wall. Row 52 would have less, but both rows would likely have lots of room to stretch out your legs and/or hold some of your stuff when in cruise (small bag, pillow, blanket, etc). Overall it's a very roomy seat with great privacy.
Windows - In row 51 or 52, my bet that you would be able to see out of at least 4 windows at the same time, if they're open. Maybe you'd even get a peak through a 5th, which was the case for one of my NW
flights. When you can see through so many windows at once, it doesn't feel like an airplane. It's so cool. However, you probably wouldn't be able to lean against the window comfortably in either row to sleep, and you'd have to lean over a bit to see down (row 51 would require more lean). But you can do it, and the view down is wide and unobstructed. One more neat thing is that it's possible to see your own contrail and the plane's horizontal stabilizer from these seats. The overall view is fantastic.
Logistics - If the BA
seats are like NW
, you'd lose a some underseat storage in row 52. However I got by, even though I use a lot of underseat storage space. Row 51 would likely have extra underseat space though. Having only one person to crawl over to get out is not bad. The very back of the plane does bump around more than other areas, so that can be a big minus depending on if you can tolerate turbulence well. And even though there's more room to your side, it still doesn't change the seat pitch if you're tall. Hope that helps.
So whether or not those are the best seats for you is your decision, but don't be afraid of the "strange" 8-seat rows. I was worried about what I would get before my flights, but I came away delighted. I'd go right back there if I had the chance.