British Airways’ New Business Suites Will Make You Feel Like You’re Actually Flying Private
There’s nothing more luxurious than the ability to sprawl out on a long flight. And when you shell out thousands for the privilege, you expect the best. British Airways is making strides to rank alongside Delta Air Lines and Qatar Airways, as the only major international airlines with a fully enclosed business class seat.
Starting in July, travelers can book British Airways’ new business class “Club Suite.” Each suite has its own door and direct aisle access with 40 percent more storage than current World Club Seats, a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, power outlets, and high definition programming on an 18.5-inch screen. Each of British Airways’ Airbus A350s will have 56 business class Club Suites.
After the delivery of the new planes in July, the seats will be tested on short-haul flights between London and Madrid. Starting Oct. 1, the plane will take long-haul flights between Heathrow and Toronto with flights to Dubai beginning the following week. During this time, three new A350s will join the fleet and two Boeing 777 aircrafts will be retrofitted with the new cabin. However, the airline doesn’t expect to roll out the new Club Suite on other long-haul flights until 2020.
"At British Airways we have one of Europe's largest long-haul fleets and most far-reaching global networks, so it will take some time to make the cabin available to everybody. We hope that as more customers have the chance to experience it, they'll enjoy traveling in it as much as we've enjoyed designing it,” said Alex Cruz, CEO of British Airways.
Amenities and space are two luxuries that have never been cheap, but if you’re flying business and have the budget, British Airways’ new Club Suites might make the extra fare worth it.