British Airways has confirmed the launch date for the introduction of Club Europe on its UK Domestic services.
At present the carrier operates a one-cabin configuration on domestic flights (with the option of buying a Business UK fare with benefits such as dedicated check-in desk, lounge access and priority boarding).
But from April 1, BA will bring domestic services in line with the rest of its short-haul mainline network, introducing Euro Traveller and Club Europe cabins.
It means passengers in Club Europe on domestic flights will benefit from a separate cabin at the front of the aircraft with dedicated cabin crew, a guaranteed window or aisle seat, and complimentary food and drink.
The last of these is key, as since BA introduced its new partnership with Marks and Spencer on domestic and short-haul services, non-Club Europe passengers (regardless of the fare booked) now have to pay for food and drink in-flight.
A few points covered on this page on the BA website:
- If you have a booking with British Airways for travel up to March 31, you will experience the UK Domestic cabin, with benefits varying depending on the fare booked
- From April 1, all flights within the UK will have the Euro Traveller (economy) and Club Europe (business) cabins
- BA says that “If you have booked a UK Domestic flight for travel on or after April 1, you don’t need to worry, your flight will operate as planned. We will adjust your booking to reflect the new cabins and you can find it as usual in Manage My Booking.”
As to why the carrier is introducing the new cabins, BA says that:
“At the moment, the only part of our network you can’t book a business class seat on is our flights within the UK.
“We know many of our customers who connect between our short haul and long-haul services prefer to travel in business class and we want to be able to offer them a consistent experience throughout their journey.”