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The tiny loo on the new British Airways A321 aircraft ….

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If you are flying on British Airways today, Friday 9th, check to see if you are on any of these routes.  This is where G-MEDN, the first ‘densified’ A321, is heading:

LHR-MAN BA1386 0755
MAN-LHR BA1389 0955
LHR-ABZ BA1308 1210
ABZ-LHR BA1309 1440
LHR-MAN BA1398 1730
MAN-LHR BA1405 1925

BA A321 toilet

A reader was on the Newcastle flight yesterday and generously popped to the loo on behalf of HfP readers and delivered this.  Tight is the word.  I don’t think much of the sink either and I’m not convinced purple ‘mood lighting’ adds much to the, erm, experience. 

That said, the reader who took the picture said that she was happy with it, possibly because it was brand new.


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Comments (67)

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  • DAZ says:

    I’m going to have to put you in touch with Susie Dent from Countdown. “Densified is a horrible mutation of the English language. It is a limaceous like mind that creates these abominations ????

    • Rob says:

      It’s not my word, it is BAs word.

    • Lady London says:

      limeaceous. brilliant. must remember that for ‘slimy’ next time.

      • DAZ says:

        It’s great isn’t it. As a person who never worked at school, I have become addicted to Susie Dent’s Twitter page. Some wonderful words and explainations that make you sound as if you where schooled at Eton. Right you’ll have to excuse me as I’m rather ramfeezled and I’m off to get in to my “huffle-buffs.????

  • Anthony Dunn says:

    Err, pardon the pun, but since sn’t this thread “a bit anal…”! Apologies if anyone else has made such an observation. And I’m not trying to be comical.

  • Anna says:

    OT – Tesco seem to have stopped doing the “your views” surveys, just tried to log on for this month and got a message saying they are no longer accepting them.

  • Amanda B says:

    My sister is short haul crew on 320 & 321’s. She says you have to enter to WC in the direction that you wish to use the facility. You cannot turn round. Also the crew seat is immediately in front of the toilet door. In an emergency the crew will ‘ Sit down and strap in’ if someone is in the toilet they will not be able to get out. I did suggest to her that in an emergency the toilet might be the best place to be …..

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Still nothing on Flightradar24 about this aircraft tomorrow. So it’s looking unlikely I can get to try it out, but if I do I’ll take some pics and write a review,

    • Rob says:

      Look at Business Traveller. BA has given them an interview to complain that us, Flyertalk, PPrune etc have been spreading false info about the new seating which, on G-MEDN at least, is NOT super-thin. All very odd.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I’ll be honest the bold “removed” is very misleading.

        As another reader pointed out they’ve been moved nothing more. Tbh I’m not sure any a3xx plane toilet is a good place to be for anyone over 6ft like myself weather it’s been shrunk or not

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        I’m not sure what to think now which makes me more curious to want to try them for myself. If they’re fitting the same amount of seats as the NEOs on order but don’t need the thinner seats why have the new aircraft been ordered with inferior (IMO but BA must agree if they’re keeping the current ones for CE) seats? Has the pitch been reduced on the rows towards the rear anyway and is the recline disabled on the seats with the lower pitch?

        If it’s somehow possible they can get the extra seats in just by moving the toilets while retaining current pitch then it might be acceptable. The USB ports will come in useful, but they really do need to speed up the introduction of WiFi.

        Another question remain about toilets. The G-MED (ex-bmi) A321 aircraft only ever had one toilet in the front section, the BA ones currently have two. Will the BA ones be ‘enhanced’ to have just one in the front?

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