It seems that many airlines have chosen this year to announce an overhaul of their premium cabins.
Recently we made a list of the top five business class seats we can’t wait to experience, which the new British Airways Club World seats were featured prominently. Now we can now reveal that they will be across all jets in the British Airways fleet by 2023.
What are the new seats like?
The new BA Club World seats have not been revealed yet, but only hinted at by the CEO of British Airways.
Some of the rumored features would be:
- Direct aisle access
- Gate to Gate entertainment (In the current Club World seats, the entertainment screens are not accessible during takeoff and landing).
- Privacy (Perhaps with a sliding door).
- Increased stowage to keep personal items close by.
- Quilted leather seats to match the seating in first class.
The seats are currently undergoing design and mockups, with focus groups trying out the seats.
What will the new seats look like?
Back in 2014, British Airways patented a unique looking seat design that looked like a cross between a lounge and a bed.
However, the seat was not picked up and we are not sure what happened to the designs.
Or perhaps they will follow Qatar, Finnair and others and use a more establish seat design.
But as we know they will be focusing on more privacy we assume the design will be heavily modified.
When we will see these new seats?
The new seats will be revealed in July 2019 when it arrives on British Airways new Airbus A350. British Airways ordered these planes to replace their aging fleet of 747’s (Although they are retaining five to serve through to 2020). The seats will be featured on six planes before the end of next year then rolled out throughout the fleet by 2023.
In a surprise move, British Airways will not be including a first class on board their A350s. This has lead to speculation that their business class offering will really be something.
Of course, on the other hand, they did say “Grow seat count via competitive configuration” which has one industry commentator suggest it means “we’re going to cram you poor sods even worse than before with less pitch and width”.
What do you think? Are you excited to find out what the new British Airways seat will be like?