Review: British Airways B777-300ER Club World Tokyo to London


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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. 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 our 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 the First Class cabin and in front of Premium Economy. The white color 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 yin-yang 2-4-2 layout; window and middle seats face backward, while aisle seats face forward. Because of this, you must jump over other passengers’ 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 footrest, which acts as an extension of the flatbed. The seat reclines to a 180-degree flatbed, and the overall length is 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-canceling headphones provided, two USB sockets, power, and a video RCA connection for your camcorder, DVD player, or camera. The screen is larger by 12 inches or 20 cm than BA’s older wide-body planes. It also tilts up and down, so watching the screen from the near or fully flatbed position is possible. There are many movies and box sets to explore, an excellent flight map, and 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 moisturizer, lip balm, an eyeshade, earplugs, socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a pen.

What are the best Club World seats on British Airways’ B77W?
Single travelers should go for the rear-facing window seats, which are located in their own cocoon in. However, 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 center seats are the best option for couples, as you’re 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 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 center seats as you are seated very close to the person next to you and have direct eye contact problems 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 an excellent breakfast on offer shortly after takeoff and lunch 90 minutes before arrival. Breakfast was excellent, with several choices. As a starter, I had the Bircher muesli, served with a selection of warm bread, pastries, and a mango smoothie. For the main course, I had the Belgian waffle with mixed berry sauce, ricotta cheese, and maple syrup (see photos below).

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

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

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

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

We have also compared British Airways Club World vs. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class including the Galleries Lounges vs. Virgin’s Clubhouses.

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