The best British Airways World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information about BA’s WTP rollout. It was originally published on 3 May 2019.
When it comes to selecting a seat on a flight, it should never be a guess. We’ve already taken a look at the best British Airways first-class seats, the best British Airways Club World seats as well as the best British Airways World Traveller seats and here is our take on the best seats in British Airways’ premium economy cabin, World Traveller Plus. A recent flight review on the latest refurbished 777-200 can be found here.
World Traveller Plus is offered on all British Airways long-haul aircraft:
- 43 Boeing 747s (which will be retired by the end of 2023)
- 46 Boeing 777-200s
- 12 Boeing 777-300s
- 18 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners
- 12 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners
- 12 Airbus 380s
- 3 Airbus 350
BA was one of the first major airlines to introduce a premium economy product in 2000. And although the cabin has been refreshed since then and got an enhanced soft product again in 2019, it is among the older hard products flying in the skies today.
Similar to our previous articles, this is largely for the solo traveller, though watch out for our regular TPG Family articles for best seats for families or when travelling with others.
Best seating strategy for World Traveller Plus across all long-haul British Airways aircraft
Generally speaking, there are fewer options for great seats in BA’s WTP cabin. The layout is 2-4-2 on all 747s, 777s and A350s, and 2-3-2 on the A380 and both versions of the 787. If given a choice, I’d therefore go for a less-dense cabin on the 787 Dreamliner or the A380. The latter has the added advantage of lots of additional storage space, as there are side bins for window seats. WTP on the A380 would be my ultimate preference if given a choice.
Generally, I try to go for bulkhead window seats, as those give easier access without disturbing any neighbours (and avoid being climbed over in the middle of the night should your neighbour need the bathroom).
For couples or those travelling together, any window and aisle combination is the best to go for.
Best British Airways World Traveller Plus seats on a Boeing 747
Top picks: 12A, 11K
British Airways flies two versions of the 747. The above version typically operates out of London Heathrow Terminal 3 and has the WTP cabin between first and Club World on the lower deck. Someone at BA a long time ago decided that the airline could accommodate more seats with this layout, though it’s been very unpopular with both passengers and crew, and all the refurbished aircraft have the other newer layout, below.
As per the general guidance, my top picks would be front row window seats so 12A or 11K.
Top picks: 33A, 33K
The above version of the 747 is the more common one and has the more modern inflight entertainment system (IFE) on board. It is used on all routes to New York and generally all routes from London Heathrow Terminal 5.
Again, my top picks would be any front row seats to avoid climbing over others, and for couples, any window and aisle combination.
Best British Airways World Traveller Plus seats on a Boeing 787
Top picks: 10A, 10K on the 787-8; 16A, 16K on the 787-9
The Boeing 787 Dreamliners are among the most modern aircraft in the BA fleet and come with a number of upsides for passengers (modern IFE system, better cabin pressurisation and cool window blinds). The 2-3-2 layout makes the Dreamliners also attractive for WTP passengers as the cabin looks and feels less dense.
As with other cabins, my top picks are the front row window seats for solo travellers and any combination of window and aisle seats for couples.
Best British Airways World Traveller Plus seats on a Boeing 777
Top picks: 777-200: 21A, 22K; 777-300: 22A, 22K; refurbished 777-200: 20A, 20K
British Airways flies a number of different versions of the 777. The most common ones are the four-class 777-200 and the 777-300 (also four-class) from London Heathrow. There is also a three-class version at Heathrow and a Gatwick three-class version. It is in the process of updating its 777 fleet with the new Club Suite product, which sees the WTP cabin also being refreshed. A full look at the best seats on this aircraft can be found here.
I am generally not a fan of the British Airways 777s across all cabins, and that is also the case when it comes to WTP. The cabin is large and in a 2-4-2 lay out. And though the seats have been refreshed more recently than the older version of the 747 (flying out of Terminal 3), there’s nothing that would make me choose a 777 when there’s a choice.
Best British Airways World Traveller Plus seats on an Airbus A380
Top picks: 61A, 61K
As mentioned, the World Traveller Plus cabin on the A380 is my favourite cabin and seat for two reasons. First, it feels less dense than on the 747 and 777 where the layout is 2-4-2, while the A380 is 2-3-2. Plus, it has side bins by the window seats, giving passengers much more space to store personal items than on any other aircraft.
Again, my top picks would be front row window seats and any window and aisle seats for couples.
Best British Airways World Traveller plus seats on an airbus A350
Top picks: 20A, 20K
The Airbus 350 is currently the newest aircraft in the British Airways long-haul fleet and the layout is very similar to others in a 2-4-2 format. The seats and cabin is more modern, but my overall recommendation to pick the front row window seats stays the same for this aircraft type as well.
There aren’t as many good or different seats to choose from in the World Traveller Plus cabin across all British Airways aircraft. As said, my recommendation would be front row window seats, and if there’s a choice of aircraft, I’d pick the A380 followed by the 787 Dreamliner and then the A350 over the 777 and 747.
Featured Image courtesy of British Airways
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