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Seating

Mother and daughter talking over seat in World Traveller cabin.

To get the best choice of seats and to make sure your family sits together, it’s best to reserve your seats in advance, for which you might have to pay.

If you don’t choose your seats in advance, we’ll do our best to seat your family together a few days before your flight departs, from the limited selection of seats available. This might result in your family being split over different rows or across the aisle, however we will make sure each child under 12 is seated with an adult from your booking. Anyone over 12 years is treated as an adult in our system, so we may seat them separately.

Find out about reserving your seats

Executive Club Member benefits

If you are an Executive Club Gold, Silver or Bronze Member, you can reserve seats for everyone in your booking for free. Make sure you add your membership number to all your bookings to take advantage of this benefit. You will also be able to reserve seats for free with certain fares.

Mother with baby at the airport.

Free seating when you travel with an infant

When you travel with an infant (under 2) who won't be travelling in a seat of their own, you can reserve a seat for yourself and everyone in your booking, free of charge, as soon as you've made your booking (except for bookings of over 9 people).

If you don't choose a seat in advance, where possible we'll reserve suitable seats for you a few days before the flight, however the selection will be limited.

Choose your seat
Baby sleeping.

Carrycots and child seats supplied by us

Our carrycots and child seats are for infants from birth up to 2 years old. You can reserve a carrycot/child seat position in advance on long haul flights only, as our short haul aircraft do not have carrycot/child seats.

Child seats and carrycots are supplied free of charge, but are subject to availability on-board the aircraft on the day. They will be given to the people sitting in the carrycot/child seat positions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Even if you’ve reserved this type of seat, we may have to move you on the day if there is a person with a greater need who requires it, such as a wheelchair user.

How to reserve carrycot/child seats

Please reserve a carrycot/child seat position in advance, using Manage My Booking. The carrycot seat positions are marked on the seat maps with a baby icon.

Reserve your seat at a carrycot position

What happens if you don’t reserve a seat?

If you don't choose a seat in advance, we'll allocate a suitable seat for you a few days before departure, but this might not be at a carrycot/child seat position.

If your infant is under 2 and you haven't reserved a carrycot position, your infant can sit on your lap using an extension seat belt. The cabin crew will provide this for you and show you how to use the seat belt.

Reserve your seat at a carrycot position

Carrycots

For your baby's comfort, we have specially designed carrycots on board, so that your baby can sleep during the flight. If you have reserved your seat at a carrycot position, you can ask the cabin crew for a carrycot.

The carrycots supplied by us are:

  • suitable for babies who weigh no more than 12.5kgs (27.5lbs)
  • can only be used for an infant who is lying down
  • available on all long haul flights (except in the First cabin, and on the London City to JFK service)
  • not to be used during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence (when the fasten seatbelt sign is on)

Child seats

We'll supply a child seat that attaches to the carrycot position. If you have reserved your seat at a carrycot position, you can ask the cabin crew for a child seat.

The child seats supplied by us are:

  • suitable for older babies who weigh no more than 12.5kgs (27.5lbs)
  • available on all long haul flights (except on the London City to JFK service)
  • adjustable to a variety of reclined positions
  • not to be used during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence (when the fasten seatbelt sign is on)
Unfortunately it isn't possible to use your own child seats in the First class cabin.

Bring your own car seat or Amsafe system

Amsafe Child Restraint System

If you have your own AmSafe System, you can use this on board in economy seats for infants from 12 months to children of 4 years.

The Amsafe System is not suitable for use in first class, business class or premium economy seats and it cannot be used in the same row as the emergency exit or the row in front or behind the emergency exit.

Baby in a safety seat.

Car seat dimensions and safety requirements

If you have paid for a separate seat for your infant, or your child is under 3 years, you can bring your own forward facing car seat to secure into the aircraft seat.

The car seat:

  • can only be used for infants over six months old and children up to three years old
  • must be designed to be secured by means of a normal aircraft single lap strap and face the same direction as the passenger seat on which it is positioned
  • must have a 5-point restraining harness
  • must not exceed the dimensions of the aircraft seat, and should fit into an area of 45cm x 45cm (17.5ins x 17.5ins)
  • must be strapped in place ensuring that the adult lap strap buckle does not lie directly over any part of the frame or under the structure of the car type seat after tightening

Please note: Two part car seats, (a seat and separate base) are not suitable for use on aircraft seats.