Transatlantic business class passengers opting for British Airways on the London to New York route will almost certainly experience the new generation Club World seating.
BA says the latest flat bed seating is now installed on 96 services a week linking Heathrow with JFK which are operated by B747s. But new Club World is not yet available on flights going into Newark and neither is it currently installed on the small number of B777-operated flights on the JFK route.
The latter would be evening flight BA173 from Heathrow which departs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This flight returns the following morning from JFK as BA172 on Wednesday and Friday and as BA178 on Sunday.
Each B747 flying to JFK is configured with 70 Club World seats. Typical features of the new generation product include:
• Six foot, fully flat bed that is 25 per cent wider than before
• A new 'z' bed position that extends to six feet, six inches
• Enhanced entertainment
• New design of privacy screen
• Laptop locker
• New interior colours
• Onboard Club Kitchen for hot and cold snacks between meals
For a full analysis of the new seating, read Felicity Cousins' article in the December 2006 / January 2007 issue of Business Traveller.
Says Richard Boyle, BA's commercial director, "We are constantly trying to innovate and improve. Heathrow-JFK is a crucial business route and we are delighted to provide a virtual guarantee of our new product on this high-frequency route."
BA says that 17 of its 100 strong long-haul fleet have been fitted with new Club World. The remainder of the fleet should have the new product by mid-2008.
For more information go to ba.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter