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British Airways has confirmed that it is finally bringing its new Business Class seat to the longest route that it operates and we now know that the Club Suite will make its first appearance on BA’s Sydney flights in a matter of weeks.
One of the biggest improvements to an onboard product seen in the past few years is the new British Airways Business Class seat, but the rollout of the ‘Club Suite’ seat hasn’t exactly been speedy.
A significant number of BA’s major routes are still plagued by the old Club World seat and for a lot of the airline’s frequent flyers, this has been a source of frustration. The good news, however, is that the Club Suite is now appearing on more and more of the airline’s longer routes (Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc…) and now it’s coming to the longest route of them all – the London – Sydney route.
At the end of October, BA’s Club Suite equipped 777s will be taking over the London – Singapore – Sydney route from the 787-9 Dreamliners that are currently being offered but while the first aircraft with the Club Suites onboard will depart London on 30 October, the first aircraft offering the new seat won’t be departing Sydney until 1 November.
Here’s the current winter schedule:
BA15 LHR 21:35 – 18:45+1 day SIN 20:10+1 day – 06:55+2 days SYD
BA16 SYD 16:30 – 21:30 SIN 23:05 – 05:25 LHR+1 day
If you want to get an idea of what the new Club Suit is like to travel in, take a look at this article which gives my first impressions (a full review is on the way – I’ve finally tried the seat out on an overnight flight).
For those of you who just want to know what my conclusion was after I first tied the seat out and don’t want the whole preamble, this is it:
The British Airways Club Suite is everything that the outgoing Club World seat is not. It’s comfortable, it’s spacious, it offers passengers ample storage space for personal items and as far as I can tell, there isn’t a bad seat (i.e. a “must avoid” seat) on any of the aircraft that have the Club Suite installed.
It has taken far too long but based on what I’ve experienced so far, British Airways has finally got itself a Business Class seat fit for the current decade and it’s a seat that most people will probably really, really like.
And that’s why the news that we’ll finally see the Club Suite being offered to Singapore and Sydney is so important. The Club Suite is a huge step up over the old Club World product and will make the long journey to Sydney considerably more comfortable for anyone fortunate enough to be doing it in the Business Class cabin.
British Airways will finally offer the Club Suite on its route to Singapore and Sydney from the end of this month. The first aircraft (on this route) to offer the suite will depart London Heathrow on 30 October while anyone traveling on BA out of Sydney will have to wait until 1 November.