New York Debut Planned For Refurbished British Airways 777s

Last week British Airways exclusively told Simple Flying which of its Boeing 777 aircraft would be refurbished with the new Club World suite. We now know that the aircraft will debut to New York in October.

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Two British Airways Boeing 777s will receive the new Club World suite this year. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Along with four Airbus A350-1000 aircraft due to be delivered to British Airways later this year, two Boeing 777-200 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the Club World cabin. The new Club World cabin will see passengers treated to a fully enclosed suite in business class. The new product is said to be so good, it could even give the First cabin a run for its money!

New York Debut

British Airways had previously told us that the aircraft would be rotated around the fleet, and not tied to one route. However, it appears this is to change. The aircraft will debut on the route between London and New York from October 27th as spotted by God Save The Points.

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Business-class passengers will benefit from a brand new suite in a 1-2-1 configuration. Photo: British Airways

The find was based on seat maps in the schedule, however, Simple Flying approached British Airways to find out more. A representative of the airline confirmed to us that the schedule is correct. However, as always, there is a chance that unforeseen circumstances could cause this to change. As such anybody purchasing tickets to fly on the refurbished Boeing 777 should do so in the knowledge that the aircraft could change.

New Club World vs old Club World

The new Club World cabin will be a vast improvement over the currently offered product. The new product will see fully enclosed suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. This means everybody will have direct aisle access.

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The existing British Airways Club World Product. Photo: British Airways

Meanwhile, the current Club World layout is 2-4-2, the same as premium economy. As such, passengers do not have direct aisle access. The new suite beds will become lie-flat at the touch of a button providing a 2-meter long bed.

Club World vs First

The new Club World seat will certainly give First a run for its money. Indeed, some, such as View From The Wing points out that the current first-class offering doesn’t even have a door, unlike business class. There is a chance that BA could secretly be introducing a better first class product, although this seems unlikely.

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BA’s current First product as seen on the Boeing 787. Photo: British Airways

There is still some benefit to choosing First, however. There are 57 Club World seats onboard the Boeing 777 according to One Mile At A Time. However, there are only eight First seats. As such, the first cabin will feel much more private and exclusive, with a lower staff to passenger ratio. It is also important to remember that First class gives access to the First Wing and first-class lounges, something that business class does not without status.

Do you think First is worth it given the new Club World cabin? Let us know in the comments!