British Airways to launch new first class suites in late 2019?

British Airways to launch new first class suites in late 2019?

British Airways looks set to follow its mid-2019 launch of new Club World business class seats with the reveal of new first class suites.

The first class suites are expected to debut on the airline's Boeing 777-300ER fleet by year's end and will be based on the first class of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (below), but with several noticeable improvements.

BA's Boeing 787 first class suite

These would replace the stylish suites of the Boeing 777s (below).

BA's Boeing 777-300ER first class suite

UK travel blogger Michele Robson reports a conversation with British Airways CEO Alex Cruz, with Cruz describing "an enhanced First seat based on the current (Boeing) 787 First seat" slated for those Boeing 777s.

Two Boeing 777-300ER jets will head into the refit hanger in the second half of 2019 to receive their first class upgrade along with the same all-new Club World seats as BA's forthcoming Airbus A350 jets.

However, there might also be fewer of those first suites on the Boeing 777s. The current first class cabin allows for 14 suites, but the revamp might trim this number owing to the increased size of the upgraded Boeing 777's business class cabin.

Australian Business Traveller has approached British Airways for further comment.

British Airways has previously confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that its A350 fleet will not include first class, instead topping out with the long-awaited successor to the current 13 year old Club World design and featuring direct aisle access, increased privacy and at-seat storage

Read more: BA confirms new Club World business class seat launching July 2019

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

19 comments

  • chenkdon

    chenkdon

    28 Nov, 2018 07:03 pm

    I think it will still look business classish......
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  • Davedownunder

    Davedownunder

    28 Nov, 2018 07:39 pm

    Typical BA clearly not looked at some of the other business class seats already out there. Doesn't even have closing doors. How can they even call it a suite? It would be an excellent business class product but stretching the truth as a "First Class Suite"
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  • John Goss

    Travelwell

    28 Nov, 2018 09:18 pm

    Never been a fan of BA and neither are most of my British counterparts. No matter what hardware they replace, the service will always let them down.
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  • THR

    THR

    28 Nov, 2018 10:54 pm

    The food may let them down. Generally the crew are excellent.
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  • John Goss

    Travelwell

    29 Nov, 2018 01:08 pm

    Got food poisoning once on British Airways business class.....Never again!!
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  • Philip  Eshelby

    BAChertsey

    28 Nov, 2018 10:09 pm

    Very much looking forward to seeing what the F changes will be like, as I've heard promising things about the new J-seats.

    As well as incremental changes in the seat, there will be I'm sure be a change in the soft-product, to ensure it remains above club-world.

    Good stuff BA.
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  • Davedownunder

    Davedownunder

    29 Nov, 2018 02:38 pm

    Indeed good stuff BA. If... you can get away with four across seating in First using a business class seat then six across in business and the punters think its good value it has to be good for the bottom line, if.
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  • Philip  Eshelby

    BAChertsey

    30 Nov, 2018 10:58 pm

    Based on the info about the new seat and it's origins, I doubt it will be 6 across/
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  • Kentown45

    Kentown45

    29 Nov, 2018 02:37 am

    If it does not have a door its not a suite..Its an enhanced Shell Seat. Even current CX and QF First Class SEATS are superior.

    Olde English Saying - "Your can't make a Silk Purse out of a Sows Ear".

    Thankfully BA have no real Premium competition on the Atlantic so can get away with an Inferior First Class Product.
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  • Davedownunder

    Davedownunder

    29 Nov, 2018 02:34 pm

    Same applies to their domestic and Europe flights where they call their cramped economy seats Business class and get away with it. At least the likes of Delta and United are trying to up their game when it comes to business class seats.
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  • traveller90

    traveller90

    29 Nov, 2018 08:18 am

    Not to be blunt, but compared to other airlines, BA's First seat is nothing more than J class with a fancy name. And their current J class reverse seating arrangement is an embarrassment. Maybe that is why they feel their First product is superior when compared. They had a good product in the 90's but not any more.

    Sometimes I wonder what BA's management is thinking. Surely they compare the competition, but then again, maybe they have a clientele who do not know any better. When it comes to a real First class, BA could take a look at Singapore, Emirates, Qatar and Etihad.

    BA's First is just not worth booking!

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  • Steven Levin

    AlwaysOnTheRoad

    29 Nov, 2018 10:50 am

    Cabin crew can be best feature. Otherwise, mediocre product to include seat and food. Qantas, Qatar, and CX make the BA product look very sad.
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  • Jason Hamilton

    JKH

    30 Nov, 2018 08:09 am

    Looks like some J/C products elsewhere.
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  • Philip  Eshelby

    BAChertsey

    30 Nov, 2018 10:59 pm

    That's a picture of the existing F product. I would expect a door to be included for additional privacy.
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  • L Mck

    Lmc

    2 Dec, 2018 06:47 pm

    BA First is the best Business class seat in the market!
    BA domestic and intra Europe Business class is the best economy class in the market!
    BA..... get the hint!
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  • Davedownunder

    Davedownunder

    3 Dec, 2018 01:50 am

    If BA want to keep First Class I think they need to decide if they want it as a true Class rather than what they think is First Class in name only based on their low standards. Alternative is to do what Qatar does and only have a Business Class (excluding their 380s) that is a very high standard .

    You can see the day when Premium economy becomes the old business class and Business becomes essentially First Class except cant use the name otherwise companies will no pay for their staff to fly "First Class"
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  • Andrew Wakefield

    SpeedbirdUK

    17 Jan, 2019 09:39 am

    So initial 4 A350 for BA will top out at J. The rest is to replace near end life 744 with super J.
    LHR - LAX has 4 slots. 2 by 789 & 2 by A380, plus 2 AA. BA flights are always 90% full.
    Does anyone think that BA could do a SQ on this route, with W, J & F???
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  • John Goss

    Travelwell

    17 Jan, 2019 10:54 am

    No sorry but I don't think BA could do an F class certainly not like SQ as the 2 are miles apart. Just flew Euro intercity with BA and disappointed yet again. J feels like Y class and noticed poor Y have to buy bottles of water. Ryanair Easyjet = BA. Apologies but BA and SQ dont even belong in the same sentence.
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  • Andrew Wakefield

    SpeedbirdUK

    17 Jan, 2019 11:14 am

    Travelwell, I agree that BA are no SQ. However, there's no reason why it couldn't work. Especially when BA, VS, AF, and LH all launching new J and F.
    Also, I think VS have lost direction if they stay a 3 class Airline.
    I always fly ANZ for LHR - LAX, but will need to look at Business to keep B777 at near 95% capacity.
    Sorry for going of course but UK flyers have got complacent.
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