British Airways has unveiled its new business class seat and confirmed that it will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July.
The Club Suite, as BA has called it, offers direct-aisle access, a suite door and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
The seat features 40% more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, Wi-Fi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, HD gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power.
As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 will feature the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt, new amenity kits and an improved dining experience.
The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. Wi-Fi will be available throughout the aircraft.
The airline will roll out the new suites in phases.
During phase one, the first A350 aircraft will start some short-haul flights between London and Madrid to allow the airline's teams to perfect their customer service delivery and familiarise cabin crew with the aircraft layout.
In phase two, from Oct 1, the aircraft will begin long-haul flights. During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new cabin.
At the start of 2020, phase three will begin which will see British Airways rolling out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.
Alex Cruz, British Airways' Chairman and CEO, said, "The arrival of our first A350 featuring our new Club Suite is one of the most exciting developments in our £6.5 billion investment program. Each new suite has direct aisle access and comes with a personal door - design features which were incorporated as a direct result of the feedback we've had from our customers. We've worked hard to ensure every aspect of the Club World experience from the lounges we've refreshed, to the new gourmet menus from Do&Co on flights from Heathrow, and the luxurious bedding we've introduced from The White Company exudes the very British style and quality customers expect from us. 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 travelling in it as much as we've enjoyed designing it."
All seats in the new design face forward.© Asia Travel Tips