This morning, British Airways announced a new business class seat which will be fitted on their new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft due to be delivered in July this year.
The new seat is quite simply a game-changer. It includes a completely private suite similar to that of the Delta One Suite or the Qatar Airways Q-Suite.
The new business class seat will initially be rolled out on the all new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft where there will be no first class product. The ‘club suite’ cabin will have a total of 56 seats and feature WiFi.
BA have announced that they will operate the aircraft to Madrid in order for the crew to familiarize themselves with the product before it rolls out to Toronto on October 1st and Dubai on October 7th.
For too long, British Airways have been slated for their poor ‘club-world’ seat which received poor reviews from most. The cabin will be set up in a 1-2-1 configuration with every seat having direct aisle access. The seats have been designed by Collins Aerospace and it is their ‘Super Diamond bespoke seat’.
BA have stated that the seat has 40% more storage space than the previous seat with three storage compartments below the arm, one of which opens into a mirror. The soft product such as bedding will still be from the White Company.
The new seat will also feature gate-to-gate entertainment on a new 18.5 inch screen. One major complaint of the old seat is that passengers couldn’t use the IFE screens during takeoff and landing but with the new design, we will be able to finish our films during touch-screen!
The tray-table will be large enough for a laptop and enable passengers to leave their seat during meal service.
In a lie-flat position, the seat will measure 6.5″ which means I will have no problem getting a good nights sleep in the new cabin!
To conclude, British Airways have finally developed a product which compares to that of its competitors such as Qatar Airways. The new seat will be an absolute game-changer in business class travel and I can’t wait to fly on the aircraft soon.