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  • namster 70 posts

    thought I would update this thread for anyone looking at going in A380 CW avoid , it is a poor experience from cabin to service compared to new 777 and A350 CW suites. lesson learned never again

    Comrade Chag 79 posts

    BA is a disappointment across the board not only CW on A380.

    BLT 53 posts

    I found it fine on my recent US trip. Could stretch my legs, food was edible and the cabin was really quiet.

    dougzz99 618 posts

    A strange post. Service is dependant on the crew rather than the aircraft type. The A380 has the old Ying-Yang seating, few here would be unaware. If you have status and can pick the choice seats that remains a nice experience, particularly upstairs with the side bin storage. The A380 is a better pressure/humidity experience than the B777, though not as good as the A350.

    NorthernLass 7,930 posts

    Yin Yang!

    I’m sure we flew to IAD on an A380 a few years ago and it was one of the best CW experiences in terms of comfort and service.

    Richie 1,015 posts

    Would a refitted A380 with CS and ying-yang on the upper deck please more CW passengers?

    Andrew J 771 posts

    I always pick 53A on the A380 which is a great seat – no leg climbing over, window seat, 3 side lockers/table top and the two huge toilets at the front for changing in. A great experience if you have to fly business class, so I disagree with the OP.

    John 1,012 posts

    Never thought I would agree with Andrew J on anything but yes, if I have to fly BA J my preference would be A380 upper deck CW and 53A if I can get it. Window pairs are good for a couple, and middle 3 are ok with one child although you lose the side storage space.

    sturgeon 198 posts

    I’m flying this in a few weeks and wasn’t looking forward to an ancient product with having to step over strangers. I’m going as a couple though, are upper deck window seat pairs the best option vs the two middle seats on the lower deck? If going for window pairs doesn’t the person on the aisle get a massively shorter straw?

    53A is mentioned as a good seat not having to climb over anyone. Isn’t row 59 the same? I assume these ‘big toilets’ are just ahead of row 50 on the upper deck?

    AJA 1,078 posts

    I like the old ying-yang CW layout especially when travelling as a couple. I like being able to face my OH and chat while eating (disregarding the poor food BA offered the last two years). Then putting up the screen and lying down for a few hours sleep. While the seat is on the narrow side I’ve never really had a problem with stepping over someone to get to the aisle. I do like the feeling of openness and at the end of the day the old CW product is still leagues ahead of a seat in WTP or worse still WT. Given the choice I’d still choose it over any WTP or lower class seat.

    dougzz99 618 posts

    53, 59 and 15 on the lower deck. 53 is the nicest of these as not obstructed by the wing. This refers to the A and K seats. The bigger toilets are indeed in front of row 50 upstairs. I’m not keen on the aisle seats as they feel too open. I prefer this actual seat to the CS seat, the CS is nicer in other respects, but these accessible window seats allow me better sleep than the individual suite type with the restricted foot movement. I always prefer travelling backwards which some don’t.

    For a couple 15E/F is also nice, but these are bassinet seats so not available until close to flight.

    For solo traveller 53E and 59E are good.

    Michael C 674 posts

    Never thought I would agree with Andrew J on anything but yes, if I have to fly BA J my preference would be A380 upper deck CW and 53A if I can get it. Window pairs are good for a couple, and middle 3 are ok with one child although you lose the side storage space.

    Agreed on all points, @John !

    Also think upstairs at the back has the best long-haul economy seats going.

    Alex G 448 posts

    Upstairs in Club is a quieter cabin than downstairs in First. And the huge number of Club seats on an A380 means a greater chance of spare seats to move into for sleeping. I like the middle seat (of 3) upstairs in club. Very private with the screens up. I also like being able to easily talk to and see my travelling companion in the old Club World, particularly when eating.

    Luca M 391 posts

    For tall people and travelling as a couple CS is overrated. I had two very uncomfortable flights to/from LAX in CS (777) and would have much preferred the old CW to have a comfortable sleep without bruising my knees and being woke up at every turn for hitting said knees against the under table in the narrow and low foot well.

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