Airbus A320 Club Europe
CommentsThis version of the British Airways Airbus A320 is used on many European routes, and has a convertible cabin layout with a movable partition for flexibility in accommodating different numbers of Business-class passengers.
The first eight rows are the same, with slightly better pitch at 34 inches. The middle seats "B" and "E" while physically there, are not used for passengers, but rather folded down to serve as a tray table between the window and aisle passengers in Business class. This also means there is slightly more elbow room due to the unoccupied middle seat.
In the most common configuration, the first three to four rows are used as Club Europe Business class. The rows immediately behind are sold as standard Economy-class seats, even though they still have the slightly increased legroom at 34 inches. Any seat in these rows, up to row eight, are excellent choices if you have an economy-class ticket.
Do keep in mind that when these rows are used for economy class, the middle "B" and "E" seats are converted back to passenger use. Due to the construction and design, there are more seams and less padding in these middle seats, making them less comfortable, with the only benefit of the slightly increased legroom.
Also note that the middle seat on the row immediately behind the movable divider is never sold, so knowledgeable passengers will ask the gate agents to move them to this first row if possible.
The exit rows on this aircraft are rows nine and 10. Neither row has any extra legroom room, and the seat backs do not recline due to the emergency exit directly behind. Row 11 might not be a bad choice, since row 10 cannot recline, so you are guaranteed a little bit more personal space.
Power ports are gradually being introduced into the fleet, so a few of the Airbus A320s have power ports in the convertible Business-class seats. No power ports are installed in Economy class. Entertainment is provided by short programming on overhead monitors.
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|- Notes: Powerports are only installed on a small number of planes.|
|- Notes: Rows 8 and forward will have 34 inch pitch, and possibility of available powerport.|