Airplane Boeing 777-300 (773) Four Class British Airways has 4 classes on board with total of 299 seats. Use airplane seat map to find which ones are more comfortable and which ones should be avoided.
|first||78||22||1 - 4||14|
|club world||72||20||10 - 16||56|
|world traveller plus||38||18.5||21 - 26||44|
|world traveller||31||17.5||28 - 50||185|
Travelling Club World with BA is only for masochists as there are many better options. Narrow beds, cramped surroundings so you bump into the wall, the ceiling (I am only 69 inches tall) and the inconvenience the layout causes seat 11B are just some of the criticisms. it made me appreciate Qantas.
Absolutely the most uncomfortable flight I've ever taken. The seats are so close together I couldn't watch the screen on the seat in front of me. I'm 5'4' 140lbs and my knees touched the seat in front of me when it was reclined... I don't know how any one larger than me was able to move. Avoid!
Standard BA business class on 747 - which means you are face-to-face with 14A in a cramped seat on a noisy aircraft eating terrible food and getting so-so service. Other than that, everything was fine,
The seat was fine, the view out of the 'unique window blind' system is not so good as you are sitting further away from the window and the cupboard is a more useful size than the window seats behind. However, the big problem was noise from the galley which went on al night - not just associated with the food service but all-night chatter. Interestingly, the design of the rear of the seat doesn't help as it magnifies all of the sounds - I tried sleeping the other way round, which was much quieter (but uncomfortable!) before retreating to 4K, which was fortunately empty.
British Airways has really slipped on their customer service. Despite their poor seating arrangement for business class, they do not allow you to reserve your seat choice at the time of your booking. Rather, if you wish to reserve your seat (for you and/or your spouse) they require to pay extra, based on the location and orientation of the seats. We did this for both the outbound and return flight, but our reservation (that we paid for over two months in advance) was lost for the return flight and BA tried to give me the rear-facing middle seat. After acknowledging I had reserved the seat, and seeing the paid receipt, they found a similar forward facing aisle seat for me. My wife has her return flight a week later and when I returned from my flight, I checked manage my reservations on the British Airways webpage. Sure enough, her seat reservation is now not showing. When I try to make the changes to reserve her seat, it will allow me to make the shorter connection flight but not the longer flight from Hong Kong to London the flight we paid the premium for. It indicated I must call customer service, who proved to be no help. They informed me they would have to speak to my wife (still traveling in China) to make a seat selection even though they begrudgingly admit I made the reservations and paid for the seat premium. I lodged a complaint but have received no feedback from BA, nor has the seat reservation been resolved. Bad service BA, and lack of customer support.
The layout for British Air for business class is crazy. 2-4-2 seating is bad enough, but the "window/portal" between aisle and window seats is very annoying. The flight attendants lean over you all the time to serve the inside seats facing backwards. There is effectively no storage at your seat, including the pillow, blanket, and bedding...that you are told you can not have that on the floor or your lap. So you have to stuff this in the overhead until you are airborne. The seat does not fully recline...you have to manually unlock a panel at your feet and flip that down as your footrest and the lower part of your bed when you are ready to sleep. I was lucky to have the first row and the aisle. If you are behind that, your seat blocks the inside guests from getting out and they physically have to step over you to get out. Not a good design. Food was good but service was average at best on the London to Singapore flight. It is doubtful we would use British Air for Business Class again. They do not measure up with other Airlines for comfort or service.
We flew from LHR to SAN and paid almost $300 to get some added leg room. (Seats 37B,C exit row) . We did have a n infinite amount of legroom however, the space between out seats and the toilets soon became a waiting room and an annoyance as passengers kept bumping into our feet during their pody run. The seats were exptremely tight which did nothing to help our comfort during the 11 hr flight. It was a complete waste of money ad once again it demonstrates the disregard from the airline industry. They have us by the short hairs!!
I sat in a window seat for an overnight flight from San Diego to London/Heathrow. As other people have commented, the metal box on the floor that held the entertainment equipment really cut down on legroom and storage space under the seat in front of me. I am 5 ft. 6 inches and found it uncomfortable so I can't imagine what it would be like for someone who is considerably taller. The plane was very modern but the entertainment panel at my seat was glitchy and difficult to use. Not a very enjoyable flying experience.
I believe this aircraft is approx 12 years old.. First class on this plane I felt was equivalent to business on the A380. BA also lost our luggage.. To their credit, service was good, still very comfortable, luggage arrived approx 12 hours after landing. If you're after a true first class experience, this is not the aircraft for you..
Very poor seats there was les legroom than on a ryan air flight to spain absolutly shocking paid £252 extra for the seats and i could not sit with my lega forward as they are smaller than the seats in front, the room has been comprimised to make the crew seats behind larger, i complained numerous times but nothing was done i spent most of the journy to austrailia sat on the floor by the emergency exit
- the layout is 2-4-2 which gives you a clue as to how cramped it has to be. This is purely a money-earning exercise by BA who just want the max £££'s from their business class customers, and blow their comfort - the 2-4-2 firstly means the seats are very narrow, the legs part of the seats/bad area is narrower than the seat section to accommodate the shoulders/seat of the adjacent passenger. - the narrow part means you can't sleep on your side, if that's what you do, as there's nowhere to bend your legs - the aisle eats are very open and exposed to the aisle. In mid-flight with everyone sleepign it is an obstacle course to reach the loo as people's bedding is falling off, knees, elbows and feet are sticking out and I more than once woke someone by accident (not noticing feet with dark socks on for example). If you're in one of those seats, there is a draught every time a crew member passes - usually at a lick as they are understaffed and tryign to get round everyone asap. - the in-seat faciliites are awful. There is one pathetic light, tucked under the lip of the partition and impossible to find except by asking a crew member. There is nowhere to put anything. There is a small drawer - at floor level, down by your feet. Also by that drawer as a mains socket and a USB socket. By your feet I reiterate. The drawer and sockets cannot be reached if the "bed" is reclined in sleeping position, or even if you just have the legs-up position, watchign a film or using the tray, etc - the meal tray is pathetic - flimsy as all get-out, and not easy to fetch out from its hidey-hole - the "bed" is short. Now, I am 6'6" and always have a small bit of trouble on any flight or sleeper train journey, but most beds are 78" or thereabouts. The BA 777 ones have to be somewhere between 72" and 75" at the most. I could nowhere near lie straight, nor due to the narrowness (as above) sleep on my side with my legs bent. Whilst I am above average height, there were plenty of other passengers somewhat crammed in to their beds, and I would imagine if you're more than say 6'1" you are going to not be able to lie out flat, except for just 4 seats (16A,E,F,K) - the "flat bed" is not. The backrest goes nowhere near flat. - the 2-4-2 layour means to get to the central passengers the stewards have to lean right over the aisle passenger and access via a small space provided in the partition. Bad for the staff and bad for the aisle passenger. - the central two passengers (centre 2 of the -4-) are shoulder to shoulder with no privacy whatsoever and a thoroughly inadequate divider screen. Sleeping (/trying to sleep) right next to a stranger like that is, as my wife said, like being back at Brownie's Camp, in a tent. If on the other hand it's the adjacent aisle passsenger you don't know, you spend the flight looking straight at them from not very far away at all, unless you put the screen up, whereupon the stewards can't get to you to hand you your meal. - the piece de resistance is the obstacle course for inner 2 centre or window passengers to get out. If the aisle passenger is sleeping you actually have to CLIMB OVER them to get out, say to the loo. Physicaly possible (though still not acceptable!) if you've legs as long as mine, but if you're shorter, or have a gammy hip like my wife does, this is too hard and you're going to have to "hold on", or risk disturbing the aisle passenger I absolutely don't know whatever possessed BA to accept this layout. They should have simply done a 1-2-1 angled layout like they have in 1st class, or like decent airlines use. Suffice to say that we will never ever consider a BA Club World flight. Our insurers also paid as much for this flight as we did for our return flights on Cathay, albeit they were booked well in advance; the point being though that BA don't reduce their Business Class price in compensation for such a terrible layout
Seems to be narrower than other seats in the centre section. Correct size hand luggage will not fit under the seat in front even if it's flexible.
I was booked on Business, but was sat in a First seat, because the service provided on this flight is still Business, but you effectively have a First class seat, which was great compared to standard business. If only all BA Business class flights could change to this configuration. Make this your new Business class. It was equivalent to Virgin's upper class. I had an Asian Vegetarian Meal which was a little on the spicy side, but AVML is definitely better overall than the standard Lacto-Ovo vegetarian where it's usually a pasta that hasn't been cooked properly.
This was my first experience of Club World and very pleased we got one of the updated aircraft given previous comments! My husband and I originally chose seats 16J and 16K so we were facing each other but he broke his foot 8 weeks previously and was concerned that the passenger in 15K would have trouble accessing the aisle across his legs when using the foot rest. Thankfully the plane was quite empty and we were allowed to move to 16E and 16F which both face backwards and have direct aisle access. I agree that if you are not travelling as a couple, these seats would not be ideal, especially with the dividers up but for us it was a great experience! Having not travelled in business class on other airlines, I can only compare to other BA classes. The seat width was about the same as in Premium but with loads of legroom and a lay flat bed! The entertainment screen was large, clear, touch responsive and adjustable. There was a handy drawer to store small objects in but the bedding had to be put in the overhead locker when not being used. I liked the choice of travelling backwards too.
Paid extra £71 for emergency row seat 22K. Yes, plenty of leg room and no seat back in face but the foot rest does not extend enough for taller person. Very cold by door so blanket wrapped around feet/legs is necessary. Video screen hits door jamb when removed from arm rest so one watches sideways.
I paid extra to sit with my wife in seats 49J and 49K when we flew to Japan (haneda). For a 12 hour flight the seats are very comfortable and have ample leg room - I am 6'2" and it was fine. People did not seem to congregate around the aisle very much and I found it easy to relax and enjoy the flight. In-flight food and drinks were very good and the flight attendants were all very helpfull.
Happy with these seats, seats were wider than expected and the extra legroom took the sting out of a 12 hour night flight, slept no problem until our daughter decided 4 hours was enough sleep. Staff were really good for first 3 hours and last 2 hours before landing and food on premium economy was on par with many business class services. Would struggle to book economy class again for long haul after using this.
Huge equipment box right in the middle of your foot space. I think all the WT window seats are the same. The only way to stretch your feet out is to squeeze your left foot into the narrow gap between the bulkhead and the leg of the seat in-front. Rather horrific after 13 hours.
There are no adjustable air vents above the seats, so you'll need to bring a small USB-powered fan to circulate the air. The USB port below the IFE screen the seat back only puts out about 2.5W, which is not enough juice to charge a tablet while you're using it. Worst of all are the "movable" armrests in the World Traveller section, which can only be raised about halfway toward vertical. If any of the seats in the row in front of you are reclined, the terrible armrests leave you no choice but to bump into those seats as you make your way to or from the aisle.
British Airways should be embarrassed by the seat configuration offered in business class. I can't understand why anyone would fly BA a second time. We clearly will not be doing so. The seat was cramped, had virtually no storage space, required folks to step over you and the crew to pass food over you while serving other passengers. I trust the plane's architect remains unemployed so that no further damage can be done by this incompetent designer. If you sense I'm being a bit emotional try paying for a real business class experience and suffering through what doesn't even come close to what should be offered. AVOID THIS AIRLINE UNTIL IT ADDRESSES ITS NUMEROUS DEFFICIENCES.