Slippers are available on request, but they were not proactively offered so we’re not sure how most passengers would be aware. These aircraft all operate in a four class configuration, with an 8 seat First Class cabin. I had to take his word. Given that a one-way First Class ticket from London to Washington on BA sells for around £9,000 (S$15,750), we think it’s reasonable to at least be offered the option. I called You First, and they apologised and offered 5000 Avios each as a service recovery offer. Enter your email address to follow Mainly Miles and receive email notifications of new posts. However, I have done this before and while its always my first preference, given the size and comfort of the A380, on this occasion I chose to fly the 747 since its getting close to the end of its life now and there will be fewer opportunities to fly the Queen of the skies in the future. We did enjoy a Gin and Tonic from the Gin bar, where I got to try Aviation Gin for the first time, and I’d totally recommend it. Otherwise, most passengers simply won’t know about it. See also: Not much better than business and I think the crew are generally lazy and unhelpful compared to Asian airlines. It’s a welcome addition and we’re pleased to see it back. Overall it was a great flight, the friendly and chatty crew really made the trip enjoyable. What happened is we were all assembled into the (hot, windowless) airbridge where we then stood waiting for boarding to actually start. Even though the confirmation email comes from Elemis. There are a few customisations possible though, the three buttons below the rotary switch allow you to return the seat to takeoff and landing mode, adjust the headrest and the lumbar support respectively. So greedy to cram so many seats. Not a great premium experience, in my opinion. We were shown to our seats by the crew, who were friendly and welcoming but did seem a little flustered. First class on British Airways is your ticket to exceptional comfort and impeccable service in our most elegant surroundings. As usual at Heathrow T5, it meant taking a train to one of the satellite piers (B in this case), so we packed up our things and made our way out of the Concorde Room about 40 minutes before departure time. Review: Emirates New 777-300ER First Class Suites We didn’t have room for dessert, but there’s always room for cheese so rather than deliberate over the menu again, we shared a plate with ‘a bit of everything’, as suggested by the crew. Need to twist the heike body to use it and in most cases the charger falls out as due to the position of it, heavy chargers like mac books can’t hold. It was good, however the presentation was a bit of a let down here in terms of the quail egg, a typical airline catering ‘fail’! These are probably the next best seats in this cabin because of the huge space between them. (Photo: British Airways) Then there’s a version unique to the A380 which features around 50% more personal space (but effectively has the same seat). On this trip, we used the Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges and proceeded to the BA lounge briefly for a not so enjoyable spa appointment. We spent more time queueing than anything else. It’s worth noting the noise level at this point. Review: Qatar A350-1000 Qsuites Business Class One thing that you should know is that not all First Class British Airways products are made equal. BA flies 28 First Class seats each evening from Singapore to London (14 on the 777-300ER and 14 on the A380). Most people won’t want to be sitting there for long, and some larger passengers will find it practically impossible. First Retrofitted Boeing 777 Announced Thanks to our friends over at God Save The Points, we also know what routes will operate the first retrofitted Boeing 777 with British Airways’ new Club Suites (and first class). First dining is dine-on-demand, and you can choose whenever you want to eat. In terminal 3, there are several lounge options that you can choose from: AA First class lounge (I don’t know why anyone goes here), BA First class Lounge (pre-flight dining for First passengers and spa), CX First class lounge (a la carte dining and the best views). The champagne was none other than Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle a very smooth drop indeed and not cheap at the average price of £120 a bottle. There are two toilets for the First Class cabin on BA’s 747-400, both are located at the back on the left side. One of the only airlines that still have the horrible sink and tap where you can onky wash one hand at a time as the tap is “one click” and you have to keep pressing it to use, while squeezing you hand under the miniature tap. This I was told, is only offered 3 hours before a Qantas departure which are around 12pm and 9pm. The air conditioning on the 20-year old 747 was also apparently not coping well on the ground in the British summer weather, which the pilots acknowledged and promised would improve once the engines were running. And for the record, I am flying BA first because the price was comparable to other business flights and I reallllly wanted to fly in the nose of a 747 🙂 Plus how much fun will it be to go to the Concorde room on my layover! Perfect not only for those travelling First, but BA Gold and oneworld Emerald status holders, as we were about to discover…. Unfortunately they don’t feature on the slightly newer two versions of BA’s First Class seat, as installed on the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9. British Airways first class dinner — classic mule. First, we went to the Qantas lounge. Note that the daily 777-200 service from Bangkok to London does not feature a First Class cabin. Our travel classes cater to everyone. Group numbering has helped a bit, but it seems that waiting for a correct number to be called is still a problem for some people. By now you’ve probably guessed it. This was served with mixed nuts. The seat is controlled through a rotary switch, which you move out of its detent in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction, hold until the seat position is the one you want, then simply release. In essence, the First Wing, while a nice idea, was a waste of time. At the time the nearby Club World check in desks (adjacent to the First Wing) were empty and as a First Class passenger you can check in there, walk through priority security and then take the first right straight into the Concorde Room (via the ‘secret’ back door). Have switched to Lufthansa (newer B747-8 and now A350s). Absolutely Not. While the seat itself is only 22.5″ wide, the armrests automatically retract to bed level allowing some additional width. Sounds like you’ll have a nice flight coming up – enjoy it and the Concorde Room. I recently flew on British Airways flight 190 in first class from Austin TX to London. Instead, I paid a quick visit to British Airways Galleries Firstand had a glass of champagne there. There is almost no storage space to place phone and other immediate items needed in hands reach in a safe place so they won’t slide, move or simply disappear. Six or seven years ago Lucky from One Mile at a Time and I debated whether British Airways first class was 'the world's best business class.' The cabin crew will make up your bed while you head to the restroom to change into your pyjamas, or like us you might prefer to bring your own comfy sleepwear. , About to take off on a 5 star airline, looking bac, This error message is only visible to WordPress admins, By using this website, you agree to our use of our, Rabbit and ham hock terrine, quince and carrot chutney, mustard spiced celeriac puree, Warm truffle linguini with chervil crème fraîche and shaved cheese, Cream of Nettle soup with smoked almonds and watercress, Fresh seasonal salad with a choice of Dijon mustard dressing or Blue cheese dressing, Seared fillet of British beef, Café de Paris butter, grilled Portobello mushroom, slow roasted tomato and roasted charlotte potatoes, Roasted halibut, pickled wild mushrooms, kohlrabi, apple and sorrel salad with Oscietra beurre blanc, Wild boar tortellini with ratatouille, crispy capers, tarragon and black olives, Crispy polenta, roasted onion squash with parmesan cream buttered spinach and chestnut, Main course salad of sticky Szechuan beef with truffle glass noodles, enoki mushrooms and white sesame seeds, Chocolate Hazelnut Slice & Earl Grey Curd Kit. There are 4 classes of service on this version of the BA's 747, it features 14 flat bed First Class seats, 86 flat bed Business Class seats, 30 Premium Economy seats, and 145 standard Economy seats. We got the impression this late gate assignment and delayed boarding through a single door was all a bit of a last minute change for them too. Log in as an administrator and view the Instagram Feed settings page for more details. Once boarding actually started, it quickly became apparent the entire 747-400 was being boarded through only the second main left door, via a single airbridge. Once we were served drinks our dinner orders were taken. The biggest drawback of the First Class seat on the 787-9, which is flying daily from Kuala Lumpur to London among other routes, is the fixed IFE screen which precludes the ‘buddy dining’ option. We also received invitatio… It’s a nice touch to be offered a drink, then progressively be offered a menu, then amenities a few minutes later etc. If you’re heading to the Concorde Room, you’ll have to exit this lounge, then you’ll see the Concorde Room entrance directly opposite. There aren’t many opportunities left to fly in a Boeing 747, especially in the nose section, so from an ‘AvGeek’ point of view we really enjoyed our experience despite the shortcomings. The crew on this flight were good, without being excellent. Even discounted Business Class fares can be upgraded. We were each offered a welcome drink and opted for a glass of Champagne, the excellent Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle (LPGS) as served in the Concorde Room and in flight, so there’s no skimping on costs even at the boarding stage like with many airlines. Better still, with both passengers in row 1 also opting to sleep, there was no foot traffic at all in the forward section. There were eight of us in the First Class cabin on this flight, around a half load, with three cabin crew serving. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. These are the mileage rates you’ll pay to fly British Airways First Class from Singapore to London (also applicable for Kuala Lumpur – London): These rates apply for the shorter Singapore – Sydney flights: It’s relatively cheap to upgrade a British Airways Business Class (Club World) ticket to First Class using Avios. It means I get a full extra day at the destination and there is no hassle getting to from an EU airport. Shortly afterwards the crew brought round the amenity kit and pyjamas. Combined with a household account, the total Avios for 2 was 97,871 Avios! Toiletries are provided from Aromatherapy Associates London, in common with the amenity kit. Do bear in mind of course the actual wines served on your trip might be different to ours. We were flying on one of the non-refitted aircraft with the oldest system, a (very) Standard Definition 15.4″ screen with only around 20 movies available. BA 747 and 777 First Class. Come as I share behind the scenes tips and footage of what it's like to fly British Airways Business Class. As an avgeek I love flying the 747, and nowadays it’s a rare treat to be able to fly first class in the nose of the 747. It’s probably a good time to discuss where in the 14-seat First Class cabin we had chosen to sit, and which seats you should aim for if you’re going to be flying it. Finally there’s the newest version, unique to the 787-9. It also gives the impression that you are being attentively looked after and the service isn’t rushed. Families with young children boarded first (which was a little confusing as initially we thought they might be First Class passengers and that we were just waiting in the wrong place!). But when its Cape Town I think everyone is happy to be going there even the crew, so you always get a happy crew on that flight. The cabin is the most dense of BA’s first-class cabins, but there is something special about being in the nose of a Boeing 747. While in its prime it was an advanced product which stood up well to competition in the market, airlines around the world have progressed increasingly to 1-2-1 flat-bed seating layouts in Business Class. But the one thing I love the most about flying first class with BA is the ability to have a proper espresso-based coffee rather than just horrible brown water. The Club World window seats on the upper deck have extra space between the seat and the window that can be used for storage. Are we crazy?! That’s more than enough for a return First class flight to Tel Aviv, on an off-peak date. 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