British Airways unveiled its new “Club Suite” business class product today, which will debut on the A350-1000 in July. The seat is arguably better than the current first class seat British Airways offers.
I say “arguably” better because first class will still have a superior soft product, but the new “Club Suite” is essentially BA’s current first class seat with a privacy door.
First, let’s take a step back and look at the new business class suite, which will include:
- 1-2-1 configuration with direct-aisle access
- 79-inch bed in lie-flat configuration
- Suite door
- 40% more storage than the current seat, including a vanity unit and mirror
- 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens with HD gate-to-gate programming
- PC / USB power
The seat is a modified B/E Super Diamond with the aforementioned sliding door.
We’ll see the new aircraft initially on routes between London and Madrid starting in July, and in October to Toronto (BA 93/92) and to Dubai (BA 106/107). Five aircraft are expected to offer the new business class by the end of the year (3 A350-100s, 2 refurbished 777-200s).
The final piece of goods news is that hopefully, this odd dilemma in which business class is better than first will only be a short-term issue. BA is also expected to unveil a new first class seat in the weeks ahead. But soon, at least on the A350-1000s, you’ll enjoy an equally-spacious, more private seat in business class than the rest of the fleet in first class. It’s no wonder BA chose not to include a first class cabin on the initial deliveries of the A350-1000s.