Like most of our frequent flyer readers, you’re probably a fan of specific information about the more precise nuances of the cabin layouts onboard your upcoming flight, rather than the generic “user-friendly” seat maps airlines use these days, so there’s a new website you need to bookmark for your reference list.
aeroLOPA breaks the mould somewhat, with accurate aircraft seating plans for a range of international carriers and their aircraft types, and most of all the data sources used are highly reliable, so you can be a lot more certain what to expect when you make your seat selection on your next flight.
What’s a ‘LOPA’?
Airline industry insiders will probably know that LOPA stands for ‘Layout Of Passenger Accommodation’.
It’s what you probably know as the seat map, but is more of a detailed design drawing found in aircraft and cabin blueprint documents used by aircraft manufacturers and airline customers.
These feature an accurate representation of the location of seats, and the spacing between them and other cabin monuments like galleys and toilets. They also include precise window and cabin door locations.
Typically, airlines keep these more complex versions of their seat maps secret, in favour of a simplistic presentation of the cabin layout for customers to preview or select their seat online.
Singapore Airlines is no exception, with most of its seat maps favouring a simplistic ‘block style’, with very few dimensional or specific layout details.
SIA vs. aeroLOPA
A350 Long Haul
A LOPA, on the other hand, shows to-scale versions of each cabin layout down to the individual seat, aisle width, legroom and window locations – the equivalent of frequent flyer heaven in comparison!Fun fact: Qantas is the only airline we know of that still uses a LOPA for its public aircraft seat maps, which is very useful, and even shows the A380’s ‘secret’ staircase that descends from the main deck down to the crew rest compartment ahead of row 66, and the lift used for moving galley containers between the main deck and upper deck!
While SeatGuru provides a similar service, as most of us know its accuracy is somewhat lacking for non-US-based carriers. That resource even uploaded a completely wrong version of SIA’s Boeing 787-10 Business Class section, despite the official seat map having being published by the airline, before later correcting it.
Just to be clear – aeroLOPA is miles ahead of the likes of SeatGuru!
Singapore Airlines has been added
Initially in 2021 aeroLOPA was using its sources to create these detailed seat maps for the British Airways and American Airlines fleet.
However, since then the tally has increased to an impressive 49 carriers overall, with Singapore Airlines becoming the latest addition as of August 2022.
As of 15th August 2022, aeroLOPA provides seat plans for all eight Singapore Airlines passenger aircraft types / variants, as shown below.
Singapore Airlines Aircraft
|Boeing 737-8 MAX|
|Boeing 737-800 NG|
That means for all these aircraft types we now have an accurate cabin floor plan, including window and toilet locations, and precise galley positioning.
aeroLOPA is a fantastic resource for accurate seat layouts on almost 50 airlines around the world, and it’s fantastic that Singapore Airlines has joined the list with
four all eight of its aircraft variants now available in impressive detail.
Most importantly for many AvGeeks, precise window and wing locations ensure the best pick for those all-important external views!
Even if you’re not flying with SIA, this is definitely one travel planning reference to bookmark before you make you seat selection, with Qatar Airways Qsuites, Emirates A380s, or even more rudimentary types like a Flybe Dash 8 included!
(Cover Image: aeroLOPA)