BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) has unveiled its highly anticipated new business class seat and confirmed that it will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July.
Dubbed the “Club Suite”, it offers direct-aisle access and a suite door for greater privacy.
As it stands, the A350 boasts reduced noise levels, high ceilings, and ambient lighting as well as higher levels of humidity and refreshed air so travelers can rest assured that their wellbeing is taken care of. It is also friendlier towards the environment as it significantly reduces CO2 emissions with 25 percent lower fuel burn.
The sophisticated “Club Suite” will be a fantastic add-on to the aircraft’s features while giving travelers a taste of luxury.
Its flat-bed seats are in a 1-2-1 configuration with 40 percent more storage. The seat also includes a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screen, HD gate-to-gate programming, and PC/USB power.
As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 will feature the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and a warm quilt, new amenity kits and an improved dining experience.
The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. WiFi will be available throughout the aircraft.
All seats in the new design face forward.
“The arrival of our first A350 featuring our new Club Suite is one of the most exciting developments in our GBP6.5 billion investment program. Each new suite has direct aisle access and comes with a personal door – design features which were incorporated as a direct result of the feedback we’ve had from our customers. We’ve worked hard to ensure every aspect of the Club World experience from the lounges we’ve refreshed, to the new gourmet menus from Do&Co on flights from Heathrow, and the luxurious bedding we’ve introduced from The White Company exudes the very British style and quality customers expect from us,” British Airways charmain and CEO Alex Cruz said.
“At British Airways we have one of Europe’s largest long-haul fleets and most far-reaching global networks, so it will take some time to make the cabin available to everybody. We hope that as more customers have the chance to experience it, they’ll enjoy traveling in it as much as we’ve enjoyed designing it,” Cruz added.
The airline will roll out the new suites in carefully managed phases to minimize disruption to travelers.
During phase one, the first A350 aircraft will start some short-haul flights between London and Madrid to allow the airline’s teams to perfect their customer service delivery and familiarise cabin crew with the aircraft layout.
In phase two, from Oct 1, the aircraft will begin long-haul flights. During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new cabin.
At the start of 2020, phase three will begin which will see British Airways rolling out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.