The carrier aims to complete the refurbishment of 59 Heathrow-based aircraft by the end of next year.
With international travel on the rebound, British Airways is accelerating the rollout of its newest business-class seat, Club Suite, as it continues to retrofit its entire fleet of Boeing 777-200s and 777-300s. All BA flights to New York JFK will eventually be operated by an aircraft with the upgraded cabin product; over in Asia, destinations served include Delhi, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Male (the Maldives), and Singapore.
The Club Suite was first introduced in July 2019 on the first A350 and has since been installed on BA’s Boeing 787-10 aircraft. Passengers can expect direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy, and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. The completely redesigned business-class seat features 40 percent more storage space compared to previous models, as well as a vanity unit and mirror, Wi-Fi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high-definition gate-to-gate programing and a PC/USB power port.
Sajida Ismail, British Airways’ Head of Inflight Product, said in a statement, “When we launched our Club Suite product, it was a huge hit with our customers who loved the privacy the new seat offers. We are focused on the roll out of this product and other cabin enhancements to ensure we deliver on our commitment to provide the very best British quality, style, and comfort for our customers.”
As part of the refurb, the airline’s Club Kitchen is also getting a makeover with new Club chillers and built-in storage for snacks, drinks, and other refreshments, allowing customers in Club World to help themselves to refreshments at their leisure.
Meanwhile, the latest generation of the first-class cabin will also be progressively rolled out across the airline’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The spacious First Suites were designed based on customer feedback, and include a fixed 23-inch high-definition inflight entertainment screen that can be controlled with an integrated handset.