Four destinations and counting…
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, critics fanned the flames ahead of the the highly anticipated new Club World Suite unveiling. Whoops.
What they got, was a 1-2-1 seating setup with a privacy door, gate to gate 4K entertainment and a top 10 business class product. While the critics are now silent, everyone else is chirping about when and where to actually fly the new “Club Suite”. British Airways “Club Suite” business class is rolling out to new routes quickly, so here’s where you can find it and when….
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 somewhere around August 6th, 2019 and that rumour was true! The BA A350-1000 will operates London (LHR-Madrid (MAD) flights 464/465 from the 6th-30th of August, minus the 13th, 23rd and 24th. There’s always a chance the aircraft could be swapped, so fingers crossed! The plane doesn’t show up in the seat maps yet, but an Avios booking would give anyone a safe chance of getting on board.
As far as scheduled flights go, the British Airways A350-1000 with Club Suites will operate four routes in 2019 and the beginning of 2020, including…
- Dubai – flights 106 and 107 from September 2nd, 2019 outbound and 9th return..
- Bangalore – flights 118 and 119 from January 1st for outbound and 2nd for return.
- Toronto – flights 92 and 93 from October 1st, 2019 outbound and 2nd return.
- Tel Aviv – flights 162 and 163 from December 1st for outbound and 2nd for return.
British Airways is also retrofitting the Boeing 777-200 fleet with the new Club Suites, which will be found flying as early as October 2019.
- New York – select 777 flights from October 27th 2019.
- Seattle – select 777 flights from January 2nd 2020.
- Nairobi – select 777 flights from January 14th 2020.
- Chicago – select 777 flights from January 28th 2020.
- Abuja – select 777 flights from January 30th 2020.
- Kuwait – select 777 flights from February 1st 2020.
- Boston – select 777 flights from February 2nd 2020.
- Jeddah – select 777 flights from February 20th 2020.
- Philadelphia – select 777 flights from March 11th 2020.
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.
Here’s a first hand look at the new Club Suite from our tour of the A350-1000, including the best rows and seats in every cabin on the stunning new plane.
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…
Once the initial intra European fun is over, The British Airways A350 will begin long haul service from October 1st. Keep in mind: the plane won’t be on every flight, so it’s important to check what you’re booking. British Airways is also 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, so 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 and test it out. It’s estimated that the intra European flights will start August 6th to Madrid.