People have been throwing shade at British Airways business class like shade was going out of style and there was a rebate you could stack on it. With rumours of cost cutting, and an expectation that the airline would keep something along the lines of the 8 abreast seating it currently offers in Club World, the rumour mill ahead of the the highly anticipated new Club World Suite unveiling was equally brutal.
Today, that rumour mill is silent, as are the critics. Actually, they’re chirping, but to a far different tune. British Airways has unveiled its first ever business class suite configured in a 1-2-1 direct aisle setup, and the reason we say suite and not seat – is because it has a g’damn privacy door. It’s beautiful, it’s current and to the joy of many, it’ll be flying to three great cities before you know it…
Club World Suite
For starters, there’s a privacy door on each of the 56 Club World Suites, and direct aisle access to go along with it. That means when you pass out after a few glass of champagne or just a truly exhausting day, there’s no one to see you drooling, and if you need anything, the runway, or rather aisle is yours.
You will be enclosed in your own world with a large 18.5”state of the art high definition entertainment screen, and enough hiding spaces for the crown jewels. We mean actual jewels, of course. Statistically speaking, the suite offers 40% more storage than the current Club World seat, with drawers capable of storing large electronics and whatever else you hauled on board, all at eye level, or nearby.
Electronics feature the obvious things you’d hope for, like a fast and responsive entertainment screen, USB ports and separate power ports, but more importantly, there’s a vanity mirror, just in case anyone suffers from mid air vanity issues. No judgement! Jokes aside, it’s a useful tool.
The bed features 79” of length and according to the airline, every effort has been made to maximise bed width for sleep comfort, in addition to soft fabrics to compliment the White Company bedding. In conversation with British Airways, it was apparent that the airline didn’t want that 79” figure to include unusable space, so when they say 79” it means actual space your body could occupy.
A plane is a place where amusing things are constantly overheard, and British Airways is tackling that dire issue with these new Club World suites, and not only via privacy doors. Special dark fabric walls have been designed in each suite to dampen sound and noise from outside. For light sleepers, this is huge and for those with juicy gossip or MI6 state secrets, it’s probably big too.
One last interesting tidbit: the suite is also the one and only customised Super Diamond seats to allow floor storage during taxi and take off. Basically, in other seats you’d need to put a purse, backpack or other item overhead during these stages of the journey, but in this suite, not so much. And with a fixed screen, you can watch your shows up until you hear the “ding” at the gate. It’s the little things, right?
Aside from a top tier business class “Club World” suite, the British Airways A350-1000 features 56 World Traveller Plus seats and 219 of the latest World traveller (economy), all with next generation in flight entertainment and wifi. Whatever cabin you’re in, and realistically, whichever airline you fly, there are a few features which make the A350 arguably best ride in the sky. That’s not just verbiage, it’s science.
The A350-1000 offers the most optimal air pressure for passengers, which feels more like life down on the ground than a pressurized tube in the sky. The plane also features advanced noise reduction measures and trippy mood lighting, which is actually designed to help ease jet lag. Here’s 10 things that actually make this aircraft really cool, even if you’re not really “into planes”. We know you secretly are…
By now, you’re probably wondering where British Airways first Airbus A350’s will be flying. The answer: the BA A350-1000 will launch initially this summer between London and Madrid for crew training flights, which you can totally book onto to sample the new digs. We heard a rumour that the plan will operate the first flight of the day from London to Madrid, when the launch happens.
Once the initial intra European fun is over, The British Airways A350 will begin long haul service from October 1st son the Toronto route and Dubai from the 8th. Keep in mind: the plane won’t be on every flight, so it’s important to check what you’re booking. British Airways is aiming to roll out the new suite to Boeing 777 aircraft from late 2019 to early 2020, so expect to see 2020 to be the best year yet as far as the pointy end goes!
The world was hoping for an improved seat that meant people wouldn’t have to step over each other in business class, and instead, they got served one hot private suite with doors. Cold champagne is not sold separately. This is the kind of move we were looking for from British Airways £6.5 billion investment plan. Roll on the A350’s! We’ll let you know when those summer intra European flights go on sale, because for 15,000 Avios, it’s an awesome way to close a door on a plane.