Get the Best Seat in the Plane

Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go. You’ve got your travel documents and the specially purchased multi-purpose items you’ll never use again (we’re looking at you, zip-off trousers and handkerchief-sized microfibre ‘towels’). There’s just one thing standing between you and your dream holiday. But how bad can a ten hour flight be, right?


Not all plane seats are created equally. Which is why those in the know stay ahead of the pack by choosing their seats in advance – and there’s no one more in the know than Dan Air, cabin crew member and author of “Confessions of a Trolley Dolly”. We worked with Dan Air to create a smart guide to provide tips on choosing the best seat in the plane.

For instance, in the Airbus fleet used by easyJet or British Airways for short haul journeys, A1 is secretly known as the best seat. Here you’ll get extra leg room, a high chance of being served first and an unobstructed view. Just remember to wrap up warm as it’s typically one of the colder seats in the plane. 

On the other hand, in the Boeing 777 commonly used by British Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways, seats in rows 44 and 45 are the most complained about. It’s no wonder – with less leg room, limited reclining space and close proximity to both the toilets and crew galley.

We love sharing our insider tips to help you travel smarter, so take a look at our guide below and find the best seat to get your trip off to a great start.



*Expert insight provided by cabin crew member and author of “Confessions of a Trolley Dolly”, Dan Air.


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