To be fair the advantages of Club Europe on such short European sectors are many and varied; dedicated check in, fast track security, lounge access to premium lounges with excellent food offerings, champagne on request, complimentary WiFi, newspapers and magazines as well as on board more space to store bags, hanging of your jacket and the enhanced food, wine and champagne offerings in flight, as well as being among the first to de-plane if that floats you boat.
The seat is IMHO one of my minor concerns on a two hour hop.
This change is not all it is cracked to be, however. What you gain in having a free seat, you will lose in terms of the width of the seat, as it seems the convertability option, which widens CE seats, will no longer be employed.
This will save considerable amount of time and money, but will not please those of a more ample embonpoint.
BA’s latest internal Cabin Crew News dishes the dirt:
Why is BA Making this Change?
The move to a 2:2 cabin configuration for CE will ensure we continue to deliver a truly premium experience. The new configuration will offer customers:-
* a guaranteed window or aisle seat
* middle seat kept free
* provide CA customers with greater privacy
* parity with our competitors, who already have a 2:2
configuration in their short-haul business class cabins
Will There Be an Impact on CA Availability or a Reduction in Seats?
CE seat availability will be automatically protected by the demand systems in place, up to the maximum cabin capacity
What Will Happen to the Middle Seat on the Aircraft?
Seats will not be compressed/extended on either side of the cabin in the new configuration, the middle seat will remain in position but will not be occupied by customers in any circumstance (including times of disruption when the current service recovery processes would be implemented).