British Airways will soon be launching a new Club World cabin. This is much needed as their Club World or business class product falls behind other airlines shown in my top 10 best business class airlines. British Airways actually compares quite poorly to the business class offered by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. Nevertheless, it remains one of the best (and my preferred) business class products on transatlantic routes and the overall experience is always consistent, very good and with a British touch. If you prefer to upgrade to first, you can see my review of First on the British Airways Dreamliner. I have also reviewed Premium Economy on the Dreamliner.
What Will The New Club World Offering Be Like?
Food: Club World is moving to a ‘dine when you like’ offering which will be introduced alongside a higher quality food offering.
They are introducing a new food menu from in Summer 2017 and will move away from tray service in Club World, instead of using a trolley-based service, initially operating from September between Heathrow and New York and then rolled out on other routes in 2018.
Seat: British Airways will launch a new Club World seat. All will have direct aisle access although they are expected to remain in the current yin-yang layout which is used fleet-wide. I experienced the current business class product in my reviews of Club World on the Dreamliner B787-9, and on BA’s 777.
If British Airways follows Emirates in cabin layout, Emirates enabled aisle access on their A380 by making aisle seats shorter than window or centre seats, creating a gap for the window or middle seat occupant to walk through. The end result is that the best seats to choose in the new Club World offering would always be the same window seats and middle seats but aisle seats become less appealing as they have been “shrunk”!
Bedding: From July there will be new pillows, duvets and mattress toppers initially available on the New York JFK route with other routes following in 2018.
The upgrade to the new Club World will cost £400million
See how this seat compares to the Virgin equivalent in my comparison of British Airways Club World Vs Virgin Atlantic Upper Class
Qatar Airways is also launching a new business class seat this year.