A couple of weeks ago, British Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 777 in six years. The delivery of this aircraft is significant as it is the first aircraft to feature the airline’s modified first class suite. The aircraft began operating scheduled flights on October 7th and has since been flying back and forth from New York on weekdays.
While airlines worldwide have been busy innovating when it comes to cabins, British Airways fell behind a bit until its new business class suite launched late last summer. However, this created a problem on aircraft with both a Club Suite cabin and a First cabin. As they lacked a door, the First seats offered less privacy than the cheaper Club World seats.
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As would be expected on a single deck four-class aircraft, the highest class of travel is located at the front of the aircraft. In this case, it is the First cabin. This is where British Airways’ new 777 stands out.
In a 1-2-1 configuration, the aircraft has two rows, equating to eight seats. The actual seat used in the suite is relatively similar to that in use in the airline’s other first class cabins. The only real difference is that the seats now have fully closing doors meaning complete privacy in an already exclusive cabin. British Airways is expected to launch an entirely new first class hard product when its first 777X aircraft are delivered.
Behind the first class cabin is the airline’s Club Suite business class cabin. This features the new Club World cabin first debuted on the airline’s first Airbus A350 just over a year ago. The cabin is split into two by the aircraft’s second set of exits.
According to a seat map from Expert Flyer, the front portion of the cabin contains 13 seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration, with an extra seat on the right. Behind the doors are another nine rows of seating, still in the 1-2-1 format. All of the seats have a fully closing door. However, the forward portion of the cabin will naturally feel more exclusive than the rear of the aircraft.
World Traveller Plus
World Traveller Plus is the name used by British Airways for its premium economy cabin. On the new Boeing 777, 40 World Traveller Plus seats are distributed across five rows. This means that the aircraft has a 2-4-2 layout. While the outside seats will be best for couples, the middle seat block may seem a bit cozy to some.
Last but not least is the airline’s economy cabin, named World Traveller. This cabin will definitely be cozy to some. At the start of the cabin, passengers will encounter a 3-4-3 seating layout. However, as the fuselage of the aircraft begins to taper in at the rear, the configuration drops down to 2-4-2. In total, 138 economy seats feature on the aircraft.
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