British Airways has started a significant fleet renewal process that is set to finish in 2025. Part of this includes the refurbishment of its business class seat which will have the name ‘Club Suite’. Up next on the schedule is the airline’s renewal of its Boeing 777-300ERs.
What this new suite looks like
It might just be the professional photography but the new cabin looks absolutely stunning. This new cabin offers direct aisle access from every seat and also includes a door for enhanced privacy. Direct aisle access for every seat means that the cabin will have a 1-2-1 configuration.
According to Point Me to the Plane, the refreshed cabin will be configured as follows:
First Class: 8 seats
Club Suite: 76 seats
World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy): 40 seats
World Traveler (Economy): 130 seats
This reconfiguration means an ampler first class as well as a shrunken economy class. But Club Suite swells from 56 to 76!
The seats themselves are larger – 79” fully flat beds which include a generous amount of extra storage space. The seats are controlled completely by electronic buttons and include personal charging points. As a minimum, every seat will have 17” high-resolution screens.
Where will it fly?
Currently, British Airways flys its 777-300s out of its hub at London Heathrow. Destinations include:
- Sao Paulo (GRU)
- Madrid (MAD)
- Austin (AUS)
- Sydney (SYD) via Singapore (SIN)
- Tokyo Haneda (HND)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Shanghai (PVG)
- Jeddah (JED)
- Baltimore (BWI)
According to BA’s website, aside from the 777-300, this is where you will currently find the new Club Suite:
The Club Suite is now available on selected Dubai and Toronto services on board our brand new A350 aircraft and selected JFK services on our Boeing 777 aircraft. Also selected Tel Aviv services are now available to book from 1 December and selected Bangalore services from 20 January.
The Club Suite will further be rolled out across the London Heathrow long haul fleet and by the end of 2019, four A350s and two Boeing 777 aircraft will be flying with Club Suite.
Part of a bigger process
The entire process began this year and by the end of 2019, only 5% of the fleet will offer the new suite. However, the pace picks up swiftly the following year. In 2020, Boeing 777-300s will start to receive the updated cabin, in addition to more Boeing 777-200s. Brand new Boeing 787-10s and Airbus A350-1000s will have the new suites as they come directly from their respective factories. This will mean 33% of the rollout is complete.
In 2021, the first Boeing 787-8 will be retrofitted. Following this, we’ll see the Club Suite in the first Boeing 787-9s as well as new Boeing 777-9s in 2022. These years will see 52 and 79% of the rollout respectively.
As we move into 2023, the first of British Airways’ Airbus A380s will begin to receive the suite, and the rollout will slow down. In 2023 the rollout will be 92% complete. This will become 97% complete in 2024, and 100% complete in 2025.
We are excited to see British Airways continue its fleet renewal program, which will provide passengers with increased levels of comfort and convenience. Hopefully, the new Boeing 777-9 gets to British Airways according to schedule as brand new aircraft have a tendency to be delayed.
Have you had the opportunity to experience BA’s new Club Suite yet? Let us know what you thought of it by leaving a comment.
We reached out to BA to find out which aircraft registrations will get refurbished first. However, no response was received at time of publishing this article.