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In May 2016, I flew Business Class, or Club World, in a British Airways Boeing 777-300ER (B77W) from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) in Japan to London Heathrow. British Airways has 58 Boeing 777 planes in its fleet, most being older planes plus there are 12 brand new Boeing 777-300ER’s being added to the fleet. Compared to the B777-200ER, the B777-300ER (or B77W) is a more technologically advanced aircraft, with raked and extended wingtips, a strengthened fuselage and wings, a modified main landing gear, and GE90-115B turbofans, the world’s most powerful jet engine. Business Class on BA’s B777-300ER is similar to the one on British Airways A380 and features an updated version of the product that you find on its older Boeing 747-400ERs and B777-200ERs. If you prefer to upgrade to first, you can see my review of First on the British Airways Dreamliner.

BA’s Boeing 777-300ER has 299 seats in four cabins: 14 open suites in First Class, 56 flatbeds in Club World (Business Class), 44 standard seats in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy), and 185 standard seats in World Traveller (Economy).

The 56 Business Class seats are located in one large cabin, behind First Class cabin and in front of Premium Economy. The white colour of the suites and cabin walls elegantly contrasts with the seat covers’ maritime blue. The cabin’s ceiling also features four chandeliers, creating soft light inflight. The seats feature a ying-yang 2-4-2 layout; window and middle seats face backwards, while aisle seats face forwards. Because of this, you have to jump over other passenger’s legs to reach the aisle when seated in a backward facing seat (which is rather inconvenient).

The Club World seats on the B777 are identical to those on BA’s B747 and A380. Each seat is located within its own cocoon or suite, with a pitch of 72 inches (182 cm), a seat cushion width of 20 inches (50 cm) and in front of each seat, there is a foot rest, which acts as an extension of the flatbed. The seat reclines to 180 degrees flatbed, and the overall length is a 6ft (183cm). It can also partially recline to a Z-position for relaxing and watching films.

Each seat has its own private entertainment screen, which swings out from one side of the cabin suite. There are also noise-cancelling headphones provided, two USB sockets, power, and a video RCA connection for your camcorder, DVD player or camera. With 12 inches or 20 cm, the screen is considerably larger as compared to that of BA’s older wide body planes. It also tilts up and down, so watching the screen from the near or fully flat-bed position is possible. There are lots of movies and box sets to explore and an excellent flight map as well as a more unusual opportunity to chat with other passengers on your console.

There are retractable privacy dividers between adjoining seats, which can be lowered or raised. The safety screen must be lowered during the safety briefing, and the crew will lower it when they serve you meals and drinks; which isn’t ideal when you are seated next to a stranger because you are looking directly at them with the screen down.

Each seat comes with a thin blanket, a comfortable pillow, and an amenity kit which comes in a drawstring bag (one male, one female) that can double up as a shoe or underwear bag. Products are Elemis in travel sizes and include moisturiser and lip balm, an eyeshade, earplugs, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste and a pen.

What are the best Club World seats on British Airways’s B77W?
Single travellers should go for the rear facing, window seats, which are located in their own cocoon in, although you will have to step over the feet of other passengers every time you leave your seat (except when you are seated in a window seat in row 16, which has direct aisle access).

The centre seats in are a the best option for couples, as you’re basically flying in a private suite. You will, once again, have to step over another passenger’s legs every time you need to go to the bathroom or want to stretch your legs (except for the row 16, which has direct aisle access).

What are the worst Club World seats on British Airway’s B77W?
Window seats in row 10 (10A & 10K) lack a window and are best avoided if you like to look outside. If you are traveling alone, you don’t want to be seated in one of the centre seats as you are seated very close to the person next to you and have the direct eye contact problem as soon as you lower your screen.

Review Of The Food On British Airways Club World
This was a day flight, leaving in the morning. This meant that there was an excellent breakfast on offer soon shortly after takeoff, and lunch 90 minutes prior to arrival. Breakfast was excellent, with several choices. As a starter, I had the Bircher muesli, which was served with a selection of warm breads and pastries, and a mango smoothie. As a main course, I had the Belgian waffle with mixed berry sauce, ricotta cheese and maple syrup (see photos below).

Lunch service, was not so impressive. I had the buffalo mozzarella with tomato and olive oil as a starter, which had a poor taste and lacked flavour. The main course was a grilled fillet of Australian grass-fed beef with Madeira sauce, garlic and parsley mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. Although the presentation was fine, the beef was inedible. I did like the original dessert though: green tea tiramisu with Chantilly cream.

I am not alone at being a big fan of BA’s very British cabin crew, and during all my BA flights. Their humour and helpfulness always puts me at ease. It is worth noting that the Business Class cabin also has 6 lavatories: 2 in the front (shared with First Class passengers) and 4 at the back. All lavatories were kept immaculate during the flight.

All of BA’s B777s have a walk-up Club Kitchen onboard, where Business and First Class fliers can graze between meals. The bar is located between the First and Business Class, and offers sandwiches, pastries, yoghurt, ice cream, fresh fruit and chocolate which is a nice addition to the service.

I still judge British Airways Club World to be an excellent product (except for the beef main course which was awful). When they get Wi-Fi on board they will be one of my favourite airline Business Class products on offer.

I have also compared British Airways Club World Vs Virgin Atlantic Upper Class including the Galleries Lounges Vs Virgin’s Clubhouses. If you enjoyed this review you may be interested in my other airline reviews and airport lounge reviews.

Review by my friends at Luxury Travel Expert

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