British Airways has unveiled its new business class seat and
confirmed that it will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in
Suite, as BA has called it, offers direct-aisle access, a suite door and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
The seat features 40% more storage, including a vanity unit and
mirror, WiFi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens,
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 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.
The airline will roll out the new suites in
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
In phase two, from 1 October 2019, 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.
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.
Alex Cruz, British Airways' Chairman and
CEO, said, "The arrival of our first A350 featuring our new Club
Suite is one of the most exciting developments in our £6.5 billion
investment programme. 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. 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
travelling in it as much as we've enjoyed designing it."
All seats in the new design face forward.