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How to see what aircraft type is operating your British Airways flight

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This article outlines how you can find out what model of aircraft is operating your British Airways flight.

Knowing which aircraft you will be on is important if you want to choose the best seats or figuring out if it will have in-flight wifi.

How to see what aircraft is operating your British Airways flight

What aircraft is operating my British Airways flight?

To see which plane is operating your flight start by going to ‘Mange My Booking’ at ba.com and clicking on the detailed flight information:

How to see British Airways aircraft type on flight

When you expand the flight you will see a link to ‘More flight information’:

How to see British Airways aircraft type on flight

This will trigger a pop-up with your full flight details. The aircraft type is near the bottom, so scroll down:

How to see what aircraft is operating your British Airways flight

Whilst ‘Manage My Booking’ tells you the aircraft family, it doesn’t tell you the exact type that will operate your flight. In this example, my flight is being operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft. However, British Airways operates both Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 777-300 types, both of which have different seating configurations.

Unfortunately there is no way to see the exact aircraft type on ba.com.

How to see the aircraft type before booking a BA flight

There is another way of seeing the operating aircraft on ba.com that does not involve having an existing booking.

This is useful if you are looking at flights but want to avoid or target a particular aircraft.  For example:

economy passengers may want to avoid aircraft which are 10-abreast instead of 9-abreast

business class passengers may want to avoid the Boeing 777 which can have up to 78 seats in one huge sub-cabin

business class passengers may want to target an aircraft which is likely to have the brand new Club Suite business class seat – this article explains where to look

all passengers may want to target the newest Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 aircraft which are made of composites, allowing for larger windows and better cabin pressurisation, meaning you generally feel fresher on arrival

All you have to do is create a dummy booking – eg. start the booking process. Once you have searched for your destination and dates, you can select your flight and click on ‘Flight details’:

How to see what aircraft is operating your British Airways flight

Clicking on ‘Flight details’ will trigger a pop-up:

How to see what aircraft is operating your British Airways flight….. where you can clearly see the operating aircraft. Again, ba.com won’t specify the exact model, simply the aircraft family. In this case it is a Boeing 777.

To find out whether your Boeing 777 has the new Club Suite seat, you need to do a dummy booking.  Proceed to the seat selection page and look at the seat map.  If it is four-across in Business Class, you are getting Club Suite.  If it is eight-across, it is the old-style Club World.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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