This isn’t as stupid as it sounds. If you’re flying economy then you don’t care which seat you get. Maybe you want an aisle seat as you like having peoples arse’s at eye level when they walk to and from the toilet. If you’re flying business then maybe you want to select a forward facing seat if your flying British Airways as for some strange reason they face some of the business passengers backwards. Or maybe you want to be at the back near the bar if you’re doing Emirates A380 business. But it’s when you are flying first class that things get interesting.
After lots of research, you can read my BA First review here, I can conclude that seat 3K on any of their 747’s is the best seat money can buy for a long haul flight. Well a British Airways flight as that’s who I tend to fly with.
First class on their 747’s is located in the nose at the front, not upstairs like most people think. The cabin has 14 fully reclining seats so it’s nice and private jet looking without feeling cramped. Having the first class downstairs means better height as the roof doesn’t need to curve over so sharply like it does upstairs. Also with the cockpit above you don’t have a bulkhead at the front, the cabin just narrows down to 2 seats with the cloakroom in the middle.
Don’t get me wrong – if you have any of the these seats in First you aren’t going to have a shit flight. But picking seat 3K will be the icing on the cake and you can smugly sit back and drink your champagne whilst the other people in first glare in envy at your prime location seat.
Why not 1A/1K?
This is good argument. Its right at the front so no one can walk past you. But its next to the cloakroom cupboard so you’ll get disturbed whenever anyone goes into it. Plus there is nothing in-front to look at so you’ll be constantly turning round every time you get bored and want to look and see what the rest of the cabin are doing.
2K is a good shout and a close second but 3K gets it for its more central location in the cabin. Row 4 has seats in the middle so you have someone sat across from you. Row 5 has the gallery behind it so you might get a bit of noise as the crew get your steak ready or open another bottle of Chateau Haut-Bergey.
If left handed choose seat 3A
The opposite seat to 3K is 3A which is great …but only if your left handed. Bare with me. Seat 3K is located on the right hand side of the aircraft so the storage bins run down your right hand side and provide a little shelf for you to put your drink on. Assuming you drink with your right hand it means you only have to move a few inches to reach your champagne. Seat 3A means first picking up your drink with your left hand then passing to your right to take a sip. First world problems I know, but think of all the extra movements you’ll have to do over the course of a 9hr flight.
So there you go. The next time your flying long haul, splash out and treat yourself to the best seat that British Airways offer.
If you think you’ve found a better seat drop me a line below with your findings.