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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.

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

When you expand the flight you will see this, which includes the aircraft type:

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 787 aircraft. However, British Airways operates different models of this aircraft, both of which have different seating configurations.

Unfortunately there is no way to see the exact aircraft type on ba.com. You can, however, go into the seat map and compare it with those published on aeroLOPA, which is the best source of BA seating plans.

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
  • 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. As this example is a London Gatwick departure, it is highly likely to feature the old-style seat.

(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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