If you're heading to Singapore or London Heathrow on British Airways' daily BA15/16 flight after 30 March this year, you're in for a treat.
BA will be running a new Boeing 777-300ER on the Kangaroo Route, in place of its Boeing 747-400 — and we've got top recommendations for the best seat to pick in the Club World business class cabin on the plane.
ANother bonus: the UK end of those flights will shift from London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 to the airline’s home in the newer and streamlined Terminal 5 where you'll enjoy better lounges and easier connections to other BA flights.
Inside BA's Boeing 777-300ER
The Boeing 777-300ER is the stretched, newest version of the stalwart 777, and the BA version fits 56 Club World business class seats in a single large cabin downstairs. (No more 747 upper deck privacy, unfortunately.)
BA's business class is still its forwards-backwards style, where window and middle seats face backwards and aisle seats face forwards. Each seat is a few inches wider at the shoulders and narrower at the feet, separated by an electrically operated translucent barrier.
The seat itself is a real opinion-splitter: some passengers find the seat wonderfully private and others consider it claustrophobically isolated.
Improvements over the 747 version are relatively minor: a sturdier construction, more entertainment options — and, finally, power points that take British plugs on British Airways.
Note that most window or middle seat passengers will need to bound like a gazelle (or hippo, depending) over their neighbour. Despite the space on the seat map, there's no room between the bottom of the aisle passenger's footrest and the back of the chair in front to squeeze past.
The best seats on the plane
16A 16K: if you're a window seat person for privacy reasons and dislike having to climb over your aisle neighbour, these are the best on the plane: there's no corresponding aisle passenger here at the back of the cabin for you to clamber over. However, your view will be of the wing, and the Club World lavatories are right in front of you.
10B 10D 10G 10J: aisle seat fans who dislike being clambered over should pick these four because no middle or window seat passenger has to disturb you during the night. But they're next to the galley kitchens, so you might be disturbed by the noise and light instead.
16E 16F: last in the "no clambering" stakes are the middle seats down the back. If direct aisle access while not being aisle-side is attractive, these are a good second bet to the window seats in this row. But note that these two seats are quite close together themselves.
12A 12K 13A 13K: if you want an undisturbed sleep, these window seats are the furthest away from the galley kitchens and lavatories. Bonus: the view of the sweeping wing is fantastic, especially at sunrise, sunset, and when descending over London (pick K seats for a picture-postcard view).
12D 12G 13D 13G: since the middle seats are usually last to be occupied, these are the best aisle options if you want the quiet of the middle of the cabin yet are hoping not to be disturbed by someone clambering over you.
Also in AusBT's Best Seats series:
- Qantas Business Class, Airbus A380 (new version)
- Qantas Business Class, Airbus A380 (old version)
- Singapore Airlines Business Class, Airbus A380 (where there is upper deck Economy class)
- Singapore Airlines Business Class, Airbus A380 (all business class upper deck)
- Cathay Pacific business Class (new seats), Airbus A330
About John Walton
Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.