Airbus A320 Jet British Airways Seating Assignments

An aircraft seat map or seating chart, is a diagram of the seat layout inside a passenger airliner. They are often published by airlines for informational purposes, and are of use to passengers for selection of their seat at booking or check-in.

Seat maps usually indicate the basic seating layout, the numbering and lettering of the seats, the location of the emergency exits, lavatories, galleys, bulkheads and wings. Airlines which allow internet check-in frequently present a seat map indicating free and occupied seats to the passenger so that they select their seat from it.

In addition to the published seat maps from airliners, there are a number of independent websites which also publish seat maps along with reviews of individual seats, noting the particularly good (extra legroom, quiet cabin, etc.) or bad (lack of recline, unusually cramped, missing window, etc.) seats.

Published by airlines[edit]

Most of the airlines publish the seat configurations for their aircraft, but the quality of these seat maps is sometimes questionable. Some of the details and information about seats are confusing. Usually airlines do not publish seat maps for every aircraft, only for the larger aircraft and for the ones flying on frequent routes.

When passengers complete an online booking, or check in online, they are often also presented with an aircraft seat map. However, this data is sourced from the original text-only seat maps on computer reservation systems such as Sabre where the seatmap is simply held as a two-dimensional array and as such can only display a grid of seats, as opposed to the more ingenious layouts now used in First and Business Class.

Nichols et al. (2013) have reported that when people book seats on-line, they exhibit a leftward preference for seats on an aircraft, but a rightward preference for seats at the theatre.[1]

Published by specialized websites[edit]

In addition to those published seat maps which can be found on airline websites, there are some other websites that publish aircraft seat maps for almost all commercial carriers. Seat maps that can be found on these sites usually have more details and on some websites you can find comments from other passengers with advantages and disadvantages about each seat.

The accuracy and editorial independence of specialised websites showing seat maps have also been questioned. SeatGuru has come under scrutiny since it was sold to the online booking agent Expedia for $1.2m,[2] and Expedia now use the SeatGuru information when selling seats. As a result, SeatGuru has received some criticism for presenting seat maps which are inaccurate and where no one from the company has travelled on the aircraft;[3] for example showing bars on aircraft where there are none (on the Singapore A380) or seat rows that don’t exist (on the Emirates A380).[4]

The latest generation of user-generated airline seatmaps include comments from frequent flyers, and one specialised website has gained access from airlines to take pictures of every seat,[5] and sit in them to write specific recommendations, alongside the detailed seat maps.

Seat designation[edit]

On many aircraft, the rightmost seats have letter designations HJK, skipping the letter I. This is because each seat has a row number followed by letter. Letters that confuse with numbers must be avoided. Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) was the first to implement this, avoiding I (1), O (0) and S (5). The remaining letters are called the DEC alphabet.[citation needed]

Occasionally, aircraft with a seating structure of 2+2 may letter the seats as "ACDF" to keep with the standard of A/F being window and C/D being aisle on short-haul aircraft (which generally have 3+3 seats).

In First and Business class cabins, the seat letters for the window seats will typically be the same as in coach, with some letters skipped in between as there are fewer seats per row. For example, if economy cabin is ten across, labeled ABC-DEFG-HJK, the Business Class cabin might be labeled AC-DG-HK for a six across layout, with A-DG-K for a four across First Class. One notable exception to this is Delta Air Lines, who uses sequential letters regardless of cabin layout on all aircraft (AB-CD-EF in Business Class and ABC-DEF-GHJ in Economy).

Some airlines omit the row number 13, reputedly because of a widespread superstition that the number is unlucky. This is the case with Lufthansa, for example (as shown on the Lufthansa A321/100 seating plan). Emirates used to have a row 13, but on their latest A380 aircraft have removed it (as shown on Emirates A380-800 seating plan). British Airways is less superstitious, and their seat maps for A320 aircraft shows a row 13. Delta Air Lines also includes row 13 in many of their seat maps.[6]

See also[edit]


Right-hand 3 seats skip over letter "I"
  1. ^Nicholls, M. E. R., Thomas, N. A, and Loetscher, T., "An Online Means of Testing Asymetries in Seating Preference Reveals a Bias for Airplanes and Theatres", Human Factors, Vol. 55, Issue 4 (2), August 2013.
  2. ^, “Airreview, May 8, 2007, accessed Feb 4, 2011.
  3. ^Airline seat advice showdown 2009: SeatGuru vs. SeatExpert | Upgrade: Travel BetterArchived September 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^SeatGuru vs. SeatExpert: Which one to believe? [Archive] - FlyerTalk Forums
  5. ^"Airline seating plans from". Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  6. ^"Delta Airlines Airbus A320 Seat Map - SeatLink". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 

Seating guide: Airbus A320

Oct 24, 17, 7:58 am   -   Wikipost
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Airbus A320 Seating Guide

Whenever you call up your flight details using’s Manage My Booking (MMB), you may notice an peculiar code describing the aircraft operating your flight. It is usually generically marked as “320”, but can change to either 20A or M0A closer to departure. These codes can be quite useful as they allow you to narrow down the actual aircraft operating your flight.

Screen shot of the seat map in MMB, indicating where you can find information about the aircraft type

MMB code 20A
BA's indigenous A320s are fitted with B/E Aerospace slimline leather upholstered seats with 4-way adjustable headrests and eye level magazine storage. Cabins are also fitted with LED lighting. Seating capacity is 168CM

  • Seat pitch is approx 30” in standard rows. Pitch is the same in business class ("Club Europe") as it is in economy ("Euro Traveller" and "Domestic")
  • In business class ("Club Europe"), the unsold middle seat is converted into a shared space by way of a fold down console. Business class cabin sizes do vary depending on individual flight loads. While the cabin size is usually determined approx 72 hours ahead of departure, the seat map is still subject to further minor adjustments up to approx 24 hours before departure although rarely contracting or expanding by more than one row during this period. The maximum capacity in business class is 40C (rows 1 to 10)
  • Exit rows 11 and 12 offer greater leg room but caution may be given to rows 10 and 11, as these seats do not recline.
  • Seats fitted on BA mainline A320s do not have power sockets (subject to verification)
  • Rows 3, 6, and 9 are without overhead vent nozzles. There may be other rows aft of the exit rows without nozzles, subject to verification
  • There are twelve A320s fitted with IFE equipment, showing looped content on overhead screens
Applicable IFE equipped aircraft:

MMB code M0A
Former BD frames, configured 168CM with 28 rows offer an approx 30" seat pitch. Exit rows are 11 and 12. Seats in rows 10 and 11 have no recline. These aircraft are identifiable by their row numbers - last row is 29, and row number 13 is skipped. Beware of seat 01F which on G-MEDK has no windows
Applicable aircraft:

For all other aircraft codes

Jan 19, 14, 4:04 pm
Moderator: British Airways Executive Club, Airport Lounges
G-EUUA–EUYE & G-TTOB/E are fitted with convertible seats

G-EUYF–EUYN are fitted with Spacesaver seats

G-EUYO–EUYR are fitted with Pinnacle seats

All of the A320's have the same configuration of 162CM. With rows 1-27 and exit rows at 10 and 11.

G-EUUA–EUUJ & G-TTOB/E are IFE-equipped.
the configuration of former GB Airways A320s, G-TTOB and G-TTOE differ slightly with exit rows at 11 and 12 (subject to verification)

The latest A320s are fitted with slimline Pinnacle seats and configured for higher capacity (162CM). These frames have 29 rows in place of the usual 27. Registrations subject to verification.

Last edited by TCX69; Jun 29, 14 at 4:46 pm
Jan 19, 14, 7:43 pm
Programs: BAEC Silver, Priority Club Gold, Herts Pres Circle
Doing CE LGW-ACE in March, Do I need to be hoping for anything other than an ex-BD A320?
Jan 20, 14, 10:00 am
Moderator: British Airways Executive Club, Airport Lounges
Some observations having just flown home on board G-EUYJ (fitted with spacesaver seats throughout).

Oodles of legroom in row 2, where I was seated. Compared to the ‘traditional’ convertible seating layout, row 1 on G-EUYK (and presumably others of its ilk) is a little further forward as this aircraft has no three-quarter height storage units between the main bulkhead and row 1. Consequently, seats 01A and 01F only get a one full window and share the second window with the occupants in row 2.

Last edited by Prospero; Jan 24, 14 at 5:40 pm
Jan 24, 14, 5:20 pm
Location: Berlin, Germany; Surrey, UK; and SW Florida
Programs: BA Gold, UA Premier Platinum, Hyatt Globalist
Some further notes on the Pinnacle seats and layout.

I was on G-EUYO in 5A (CE) outbound to HEL on BA794 this week. Plenty of leg room, cushion not quite as soft, seat felt more rigid with less back support. The cushion really does feel much thinner. Window spacing was a bit odd as I was halfway between one and another. It's nice to be on a newer bus, as some of the early ones really are getting work-horse syndrome. The fact that it wasn't a convertible seat made it feel less. Coming home on BA799 I was surprised to find it was the same aircraft with me again in 5A.
Jan 24, 14, 5:34 pm
Moderator: British Airways Executive Club, Airport Lounges
G-MEDK update (26 January 2014)

  • 01F: still without windows
  • Operational equipment occupies overhead lockers above seats 01ABC and 02ABC leaving space for small handbags, light coats only. This places extra demand on the available lockers on the DEF side
  • No wardrobe in front of row 1 either
  • With the relative shortage of stowage volume towards the front of the cabin, exit row seats are therefore recommended. Not much use if you're travelling in Club Europe. On my flight today, crews were working with passengers to find available storage. Time consuming and frustrating to all concerned. This aircraft is the runt of the fleet.
Jan 26, 14, 1:29 pm
Programs: BA Silver, HHonours Gold, Mucci of Pucci, Oyster Card, Nectar Card, Father's Day Card
I read elsewhere that these Pinnacle Seats have the drinks tray that drops from the middle seat and the switch under the centre arm rests to make the window and aisle seats wider - like the BD seats.

Anyone confirm whether this is the case.
Jan 26, 14, 1:39 pm
Location: LHR, ARN or CPH
Programs: Mucci, BA GGL, HH Diamond, Club Carlson Gold !!, Hertz Gold PC
A320s don't usually have missing windows at Row 1 - but there are some odd configs out there some of the time and there is certainly at least one ex-BMI A319 which is missing Row 1 windows.

However, without wishing to be impolite, it's likely that Row 1 will be blocked off to all others than Gold Card Holders until checkin - are you sure that you will be able to access 1A or 1F anyway??
Feb 5, 14, 7:58 am
I've always wondered why row 1 is blocked off for GCHs on short haul / domestic - I'd much rather have row 2 blocked off. Why would anyone prefer to sit in row 1 - do people not like stretching their legs?
Feb 5, 14, 8:02 am
Programs: Mucci, BAEC LT Gold, HH Dia, SPG LT Plat, IC RA, Marriott Plat, Amex Plat
I thought silvers could access rows 2+?
Originally Posted by Tobias-UK
Row 2 is blocked off for Golds ... as well as rows 1, 3, 4 and 5 (and sometimes 6 and 7!).
Feb 5, 14, 9:21 am
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