British Airways Business Class in Review

By Abi King | Trip Advice

Jul 20

Business Class British Airways via @insidetravellab

Flying Club World – British Airways Business Class

 What is business class in British Airways?

The first thing to notice when dealing with British Airways is that there isn’t a straightforward division into Business Class, Economy and First.

Instead, as with many business class flights with other airlines, there are now divisions and subdivisions and these have been given names that (to a jet lagged and weary mind) can seem a little confusing.

So much so, in fact, that when I was offered an upgrade after take-off it took me a little while to respond. It wasn’t entirely clear whether it was an upgrade or a request for me to move to another part of the plane (and leave behind one of the best strokes of luck in consumer aviation terms: a window seat with an empty seat next to it and no-one else around!)

British Airways Business Class Club World Seat

Luckily, however, the response to the pitiful question “would I be able to lie down?” was a suppressed smile and a definite yes and so I scrambled together my mobile office and walked beyond the curtain. (Side note – I’ve never seen people move so fast on a plane as the couple behind me did to take my place.)

So anyway. With all that taken care of, this review is going to discuss flying with British Airways Club World (business class in broad strokes.) That’s different to British Airways World Traveller (which is the standard economy seat when flying BA outside Europe.) I’m also going to have to skip the pre-flight details as I didn’t get to experience those first hand. But enough faff – here’s my review of my flight from Antigua to London Gatwick earlier this year.

British Airways Club World Business Cabin – Solves A Problem

With a 4, 2,2 arrangement, British Airways seems to have overcome the issue that troubles many business class flights: how to balance the requirements for those who want privacy with those who don’t. Window and aisle seats are cocooned; the two middle seats open up to one another. When travelling for work, I definitely want to cocoon myself as much as possible but if you’re on a romantic getaway or travelling with a young child then the central seats would definitely appeal.

British Airways Busines Class Club World FlatThe only slight snag on one of the aisle seats remains that the cabin crew will have to lean over you to pass the other passengers their meals or deal with any other queries they may have. If your central passenger is a businessman who just wants to sleep, that’s not a problem. If it’s a young child, well, prepare to be disturbed.

British Airways Club World Seat – Lovely and Flat

The British Airways Business Class seat itself is excellent – folding down to a fully flat bed with a footrest and everything in between. The architecture of the seat protects your head and feet from knocks as people walk down the aisle but the straight configuration leaves you with a slight question of where to put your knees if you sleep in the foetal position.

There’s a power supply (albeit in a tricky location), generous overhead storage, a slide out table with plenty of options and a fold out TV screen with world class entertainment. In addition to the space overhead, there’s a small storage drawer next to your seat for storing your laptop, books, newspapers and so on during the flight. It’s quite hard to reach with the table and TV screen out, though, and if you overfill it (ahem) you may find yourself with problems as you try to make the chair recline…

British Airways Club World Food

Served on white tablecloths, the BA Club World flight came with the best of British breakfasts plus the choice of an evening meal. Unlike on some other flights, passengers were left to take their time and enjoy their food. And while it may not rank as some of the best food on earth, it certainly ranks among the best to eat on a plane.

British Airways Business Class Review Summary

Chatting in British Airways Business ClassWhat I Loved

Lying comfortably flat with most things I needed within reach

The food

Chirpy, friendly service

Baggage allowance (always a good feature with British Airways)

What to know

With an aisle seat, you will have staff leaning across you to deal with other passengers.

The Full Specs

For an interactive look at the facilities including a seat plan head over here. 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary upgrade on this British Airways Club World flight for review purposes. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Otherwise, there’s just no point…

Also, I break the tradition of using my own photos for business class reviews. It just seems a little mean and unnecessary to snap people while they’re sleeping. Unless of course I know them…Mwahahahaaha….



About the Author

Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more.