Airplane Boeing 747-400 (744) v3 British Airways has 4 classes on board with total of 275 seats. Use airplane seat map to find which ones are more comfortable and which ones should be avoided.
|first||79||22||1 - 5||14|
|club world||73||20||12 - 64||86|
|world traveller plus||38||18.5||33 - 36||30|
|world traveller||31||17.5||39 - 55||145|
21F is a Rear Facing Business/Club seat. If you are with a traveling companion in 21E, it's nice..but rather odd when it's someone you don't know as there is no privacy wall between E and F. The seat itself was comfortable and I was able to sleep OK, but having to step over the person in 21G to use the lav was just weird. Service was awkward too, as the F/A had to use the little pass-through divider over the 21G customer. So bizarre, but the entire Business Class cabin is like that. Not a good configuration.
I was skeptical of flying on the older 747 after flying the A380 to and from Johannesburg from London. Though I like the quiet of the A380, I must say that the refurbished interior of the 747 and intimacy of the smaller WTPlus cabin was a pleasant surprise. On my flight from LHR to SFO I was greeted with a generous pour(compared to WTP on A380) of sparkling wine in a stem glass before takeoff. The curried chicken meal was of restaurant quality and the little extras like ice cream and sweets/salty between services was nice. Due to the location of the galley and the much smaller cabin, service was much quicker and the nearby galley area was a few steps away for a stretch and place to stand vs the A380. Though the map shows my seat 35J in yellow, there was hardly any noise from the lavatory. The cabin crew were particularly friendly and attentive to my requests. The new seats and video were great. I wouldn't hesitate to choose this aircraft even though the engine noise is louder. The noise cancelling headphones help with that.
YIKES! Whoever reconfigured the business class seat arrangement on this plane should have been fired. They took a perfectly great 747 & added an extra seat (so 8 across) & then reversed half the seats to rear facing & enclosed each seat into a "pod". Seats are much narrower than standard 747. When seat divider screen is down you are looking directly into the face of passenger next to you. There is ZERO storage... no under the seat storage, no seat back storage, no magazine storage. A wee pull out drawer is only storage & it's full after storing your water bottle, business amenity bag & headphones. Tray table & TV screen are difficult to operate. NOTHING can be on floor during take off & landing (not even your blanket).
SFO-LHR - this is easily the best economy cabin on this route. A refurbished, modern cabin with an excellent new Panasonic IFE system (that comes without the obsene footspace robbing equipment boxes that you get on BA's A380's and 777's that also fly this route).
Recently flew SFO to LHR and had seat 35B in World Traveller Plus. The seat was a tight fit and I'm not big. I feel sorry for bigger people like the man next to me. I couldn't even get out the remote control without litterally moving out of the seat. The recliner, back support buttons didn't work properly. The servie on BA has become terrible. The food was bland and tastless. There is not such thing any more of coming around offering warm drinks in between. You only get water and OJ. I'm not convinced that paying double than an economy seat you really do get more for your money.
SAN to LHR. First I completely disagree with the positive comments about the business class seats on this plane. The unbelievable lack of privacy of having someone facing you about 18 inches from your face is appalling. The seats have no storage space, even for head phones. Complicated buttons for opening tv and trays. More important that the bizaar seat design was the complete lack of service in this part of the plane. All the service comes from a galley two section forward. The flight attendants never bother to come this far back in the section. For the 10 hour flight, I was offered one cocktail, one glass of wine, and one glass of water. Period. When I wanted another glass of wine with my meal, I had to go to galley and pour it myself, while the flight attendant stood chatting and amused. The only reason to choose this seat is if you want to go to sleep.
Roomy and the IFE selection was generous. Although there is no A/C power port as Seatguru says, there is a USB port for charging your phone.
Comfortable with LOTS of storage space. Clean but elderly, as is this model of 747 (approx. 25 years in BA fleet)
I was rebooked from a LH flight to this BA flight (B747-4 V3)out of Seattle because of strike by ground staff of Frankfurt airport. Excellent seat and place in the aircraft. It reclines adequately and there are no worries about the proximity of the galley or lavatory. Food is below par compared to premium eco seats with other air lines. IFE is adequate, promptness of flight times exemplary. I slept like a baby.
Great seat, served first and very private
Good Seat, flew on a day flight. The galley was not bothersome during this flight. Decent amount of legroom and space. Newly refurbed so a better experience than some of the other ageing 747s
best seat in upper deck BA introduces wifi on this flight
World Traveller Plus is not comfortable as an accesible Traveller. The armrests are not moveable. Seat 33 B is an alternative decission, as you can move from the wheelchair frontal to the seat. Comfort is quiet godd.
Pretty good seat. Good amount of space, 2 windows and plenty of width. The only problem was that the tray table was a little difficult to open and close then the seat in front was fully reclined. The seat itself was not bad, if a little firm. One additional minor detail was that the remote for the IFE is stored in the armrest right by your leg so it was a little difficult to access and fairly easy to accidentally press a button if you weren't careful. Otherwise, the premium economy is well worth the upgrade if the price is right.
Not a bad seat. Right at the front of the cabin so quick to be served and de-board. Also has two windows and a pretty good view out. Legroom was typical BA (not great). Pretty tight for me at 6'1" but pretty standard for economy.
Excellent seats. No seats behind to disturb anyone and space behind to the lavatory. I didn't even realize the lavatory was there, and walked all the way to the back of the plane. No noise problems at all. There were some minor issues with the lighting and audio controls, but we managed. Eastbound we were in World Traveller (50-ish) and it was eh, OK. Westbound we were randomly upgraded to WT+. Much much better and obviously worth the price we paid.
This is a fabulous world traveler plus seat and location. You can see out your two windows since tbe seat is just to the back of the wing. The seat reclines and since no one is behind you, you're not infringing anyone behind you. There's no noise from the lavatory behind you because you're not right up against tbe bulkhead. The food was delicious (chicken) and the service was the usual British service if not better. This would be my seat of choice the time i fly British.
Well worth the upgrade fee offer for Extra leg room and width. Great added service touches: Bubbles pre-takeoff, warm towels, expanded menu.
Electrical box under the seat in-front reduces leg room and storage space.