British Airways To Launch Club Suite Boeing 777 On JFK Route Tomorrow

British Airways’ newly refurbished Boeing 777 will take to the skies on its maiden passenger flight tomorrow. The aircraft will operate the first of a daily rotation to JFK.

British Airways, Refurbished Boeing 777, Club Suite, New York
British Airways will fly its first refurbished Boeing 777 to New York tomorrow. Photo: British Airways

At Simple Flying, we’re a huge fan of the new British Airways Club Suite. The business class upgrade is the first new hard product seen in over a decade at British Airways. While it has been exclusively available onboard the Airbus A350 so far, tomorrow will see the first Boeing 777 flight utilizing the new suite. A handful of lucky passengers traveling to and from New York will get to experience the new Club Suite first hand.

The Club Suite’s schedule

Regular Simple Flying readers will be well versed in the schedule of the airline’s Airbus A350s by now, however, if you’re not sure, take a look here. But, we haven’t covered the refurbished Boeing 777s’ schedule in detail up until now. From tomorrow (9th October 2019) the following services will benefit from the refurbished Boeing 777:

  • BA173 which will depart London (LHR) at 11:20 before arriving in New York (JFK) at 14:05.
  • BA112 which will depart New York (JFK) at 18:30 before arriving in London (LHR) at 06:30 the next morning.

A British Airways representative went on to tell Simple Flying that “As and when more aircraft are revamped they will go on transatlantic services to New York.”

British Airways, Refurbished Boeing 777, Club Suite, New York
The aircraft will remain on the route until March. Photo: British Airways

Two Boeing 777s are due to receive the refurbishment by the end of the year. Earlier this year Simple Flying reported that the first two aircraft to receive the refurbishment will be G-RAES (named after the Royal Aeronautical Society) and G-VIIA.

G-RAES has been in Cardiff since the 24th of September, returning to Heathrow earlier today. Meanwhile, G-VIIA has been in regular service. As such, G-RAES will be operating the inaugural refurbished Boeing 777 flight tomorrow.

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What’s special about the Club Suite?

As previously mentioned, the new Club Suite is the first upgrade to British Airways’ business class hard product in over a decade. The new suite, as the name suggests, sees every single passenger receiving their own enclosed suite with a full privacy door.

British Airways, Refurbished Boeing 777, Club Suite, New York
The suite has been specially designed to help aid undisrupted sleep. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

The change means that BA’s current business class 2-4-2 layout onboard the Boeing 777 will be cut in half to 1-2-1. Guests will be able to enjoy gate to gate in-flight entertainment on the 18.5-inch touch screen. Meanwhile, the tray table integrated into the seat is intentionally high in order to allow passengers to roll over without knocking against parts of the chair.

I was fortunate enough to try out the Club Suite on the Airbus A350’s inaugural flight. You can read my full thoughts on the seat here.

Are you due to fly on the refurbished Boeing 777 tomorrow? Have you tried the new Club Suite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Mark

BA173 has now become a 747 as of today. I just had email changing plane from 777 to 747 from now through March.