British Airways Teases Images Of New Club World Seat

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UPDATE 17 March 2019: British Airways has used Instagram to confirm that it will unveil its new Club World seat tomorrow (Monday 18 March) at 10:15 (UK)/ 06:15 (EDT)

British Airways will be taking delivery of its first Airbus A350 later this year and with it the airline will be unveiling a long-overdue new Business Class seat.

Up until now BA has been very tight-lipped on the matter of its new Club World (Business Class) seats and all we have had to work with have been rumors, speculation and guesswork…but now we have a little more.

We’ve already been told to expect…

  • A Club World cabin which offers direct aisle access for all passengers
  • A Club World seat which is wider than the current seat.

Today British Airways has used social media to release 4 close-up images of various elements that will make up its new Club World seat and, although they don’t really give us very much information, they do offer a few hints as to what we can expect.

a black leather arm resta close up of a seata close up of a computer

a person sleeping in a bed

Here are a few thoughts I’ve had based on the images we’ve been given:

  • The quality of the finish looks promising – I like the stitching on the armrest.
  • The armrest looks very similar to the armrest in Iberia’s Business Class cabin….
a seat with a shelf and a book on it
Iberia A330-200 Business Class

but, unlike Iberia’s armrest, the BA armrest looks to have space behind it…like it separates the seat from the aisle. That would make it more like the armrest we see on Qatar Airways or the American Airlines 777-300ER.

American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class
American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class
  • The image of the table release looks like it’s positioned under an IFE screen which is what you’ll find in many Qatar Airways Business Class cabins.
a tv on the side of a plane
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class
  • I don’t think the image of the seat pattern or the image of the passenger sleeping give us any real indicators as to what to expect.

If I was to guess (and this really is just a guess) I’d say that we’re not going to see a seat that looks like the one Iberia offers…

a seat in an airplane
Iberia A330-200 Business Class

…or a seat similar to what Qantas offers on its Dreamliners:

a row of seats in an airplane
Qantas 787 Business Class

I think we’re more likely to see a reverse herringbone seat along the lines of what Qatar Airways….

Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Seat
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Seat


a seat in an airplane
Finnair A350 Business Class

…..and American Airlines offer on some of their aircraft:

American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class
American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class

I have to admit that I’m basing this guess on little more than the image of the armrest….although all three seat examples I’ve given would also give passengers the extra storage space and privacy that British Airways has said will be offered by its new Club World seat.

If I had to pick one seat which the new British Airways Club World seat will most closely march it would be the Qatar Airways Business Class seat and, if that guess turns out to be correct, that would be very good news indeed.

Can you spot anything else that would give us a clue as to what to expect?