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Friday, January 30, 2015

VNA's Airbus A321: The Most Accurate Seat Map Available

Image source: Kentaro Iemoto/Wikipedia
The Airbus A321-200 (A321) is Vietnam Airlines' (VNA's) workhorse, with 55 currently in service (out of 89 active aircraft in the fleet). I'm pretty much betting that this is the most accurate, and informative, seating map available for VNA's A321. Yes, even better than VNA's own seatmap.

VNA uses their A321s primarily on domestic and regional flights, flying as far as from Saigon (SGN) to Japan. If you're going to be cooped up in a narrowbody upwards of 6 hours, you probably should know where to sit.

The cabin features 2 classes of service: 16 seats in business class (C), and 162 or 168 seats in economy (Y). Most, if not all, of the A321s, including the newest ones, will be the 16C/168Y seat version.

It's important to note that while VNA is taking delivery of several new aircraft a year, there are some A321s that are about 10 years old, and VNA isn't exactly known for keeping their interiors in pristine condition. Just keep your expectations low.

Without further ado... my carefully crafted seat map, based on my own experiences and observations, complete with annotations on specific seats. Enjoy!

(click to enlarge)

Seat/RowComments
Row 1Restricted leg room, with no cutouts.
Row 4A curtain, instead of a hard wall, separates the business cabin from economy; noise from the economy section may be bothersome.
Rows
10-14
Seats tend to be held back from assignment, even at the airport.
Rows 10-12 are reserved for elites and full-fare passengers.
Row 10Extra legroom; underseat storage even though it's a bulkhead row, thanks to curtain divider.
Row 11Less legroom than other rows.
Row 13There is no Row 13.
Row 14No recline due to emergency exit row behind; missing window; no additional leg room, even though this row is designated as an emergency exit row.
Row 15Emergency exit row; extra leg room.
Seat 15EWhile E seats are usually middle seats, this seat has a crew jump seat in the aisle position, so no one will sit there except during takeoff and landing.
Seat 16DRestricted leg room and no underseat storage, due to crew jump seat in front.
Seats 20A/GMissing window.
Seats 21A/GMissing window.
Row 27No recline due to emergency exit row behind; no additional leg room, even though this row is designated as an emergency exit row.
Row 28Emergency exit row; extra leg room. However, missing window.
Seat 28EWhile E seats are usually middle seats, this seat has a crew jump seat in the aisle position, so no one will sit there except during takeoff and landing.
Seat 29DRestricted leg room and no underseat storage, due to crew jump seat in front.
Seats 38A/B/CNo recline due to lavatory behind; noise, odor, and foot traffic from lavatories may be bothersome; missing window.
Seat 38DSeatback will be constantly bumped by passengers to/from the lavatory; Noise, odor, and foot traffic from lavatories may be bothersome; missing window.
Seats 39E/GNo D seat in this row, so 39E is an aisle seat. No recline due to lavatory behind; noise, odor, and foot traffic from lavatories may be bothersome; missing window.


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