Frequent flyers on British Airways will be very happy with this news. British Airways has announced that it will complete the retrofitting of its entire Boeing B777 fleet with new ‘Club Suites’ (Business Class) by the end of 2022.
The London-based airline already has retrofitted a number of its Boeing B777 aircraft with the latest Club World Suites and will be working with Collins Aerospace to ensure the rest of its B777 fleet are fitted with the new cabin. Note that only London Heathrow-based B777s will receive the upgrades.
The airline, which had lacked behind its competitors in terms of Business Class until 2019, had first rolled out the new Club Suites in July 2019 on the first A350-1000 and since then has been installed on the Boeing 787-10 aircraft. Every seat has direct aisle access and a sliding door for privacy. The seats, arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, boasts 40% more storage, a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming and PC / USB power.
Sajida Ismail, Head of Inflight Product, British Airways, said:
When we launched our Club Suite product, it was a huge hit with our customers who loved the privacy the new seat offers. We are focused on the roll out of this product and other cabin enhancements to ensure we deliver on our commitment to provide the very best British quality, style and comfort for our customers.
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British Airways says that “as part of its commitment to the North Atlantic”, every flight between London Heathrow Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will be operated by an aircraft that has the airline’s Club Suite product.
As part of the upgrade, the airline’s Club Kitchen is also getting a makeover with new Club chillers and built-in storage for snacks, drinks and other refreshments, “allowing customers in Club World to help themselves to refreshments at their leisure”.
Trevor Skelly, General Manager, Integration Engineering for Collins Aerospace, said:
The upgraded Club World cabin raises British Airways’ already high standards and provides commonality across their fleet of aircraft. Our Integration Engineering team has worked closely with British Airways designers for several years to bring the latest in business class comfort, style and privacy from concept to reality.
The latest generation of the First cabin including the introduction of the First suite door will also continue to be rolled out across the airline’s B777-300 aircraft. British Airways says that the First Suites were meticulously designed based on our customers’ feedback. The First Suites feature a fixed 23-inch high definition inflight entertainment screen that can be controlled with an integrated handset.
Meanwhile, British Airways recently announced a codeshare with Kenya Airways.
Featured image by British Airways
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