British Airways has scotched hopes of an all-new Club World business class seat for its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
Detailed work on the redesign is currently underway at BA HQ.
BA has a dozen Airbus A380s on order for delivery beginning in 2013, with the superjumbos slated for flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and New York.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner order stands at eight of the standard 787-8 model and 16 of the stretched 787-9.
The first 787s are intended to open up new direct flights to Asia, providing a useful oneworld connection for Qantas passengers even after the full joint venture partnership with BA ends in April 2013.
BA recently carried out minor upgrades to Club World on its newest Boeing 777-300ER planes, upgrading the entertainment systems and making the seats a little more sturdy.
If "evolution" sounds a little disheartening, don't despair -- it's not nearly as bad as "enhancement"!
Qantas upgraded its first-generation angled lie-flat Skybeds to the much improved fully flat version you see on Qantas' A380 and revamped Boeing 747s today.
And BA challenger Virgin Atlantic also recently "evolved" its Upper Class business class into a new Dream Suite, which we reviewed earlier this year. Both were good news for business travellers.
Overall, we rate the existing seats on the Boeing 747 British Airways flies from Sydney to London less comfortable than Qantas' A380, but still superior to any of the angled lie-flat seats that many other airlines use.
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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.