This past spring was a mess for me.
We lost my mom after years of dementia.
Best-laid travel plans were tossed out the window. The result was all my booked Delta One flights had to be canceled. Trying to re-book was, well, not an option. Why? As Forbes points out (and Delta PR rep tries their best to deny) most Delta biz class awards are WAY out of whack compared to all the other airlines up in the air.
Thus I turned to my bag of travel points and found the cheapest choice to fly business class home from Sweden early this summer was on BA. Plus, I have never been on an A380 and really just wanted to fly it once.
Beyond that I wanted to see if the much talked about BA Club World business class seat was as “bad” as everyone says.
Let’s take a look.
The BA web site showed the cabin just about full when I went to pick seats (and never opened up). But once onboard the upper deck cabin was just about empty and stayed that way. The seats did, at first glance, look rather densely packed.
The 2-3-2 configuration is not a good one and this middle seat – oh my. I can not imagine paying to fly and sit here.
Not only is it miserably tight but you are flying backward. Now I know, statistically, flying backwards is safer in the case of an emergency – but it just feels strange to me.
Maybe you, dear reader, have had a chance to experience this middle seat? Was it as bad as my mind made it up to be (not having flown in that seat myself mind you)?
On to my choice.
We chose the last row just before the Premium Economy section. My wife in the window seat.
And I had the one facing forward. Now, I did like the fact that I was facing my wife and it made chatting much simpler.
That is about where anything positive I can say about this seat ends.
Screwed to the seat in front of me is the footrest and what becomes part of the fully flat seat.
The major problem is that the passenger in the window seat in front of my wife has to climb over this thing when in the lowered position.
What a joke.
My wife, being in the last window row, had no such obstacle to get out of her seat. She even said the area felt large and spacious and she really enjoyed it. Then again she is a tiny person.
For me, my aisle seat was miserable. I like shoulder space and this seat felt awful the entire flight over the Atlantic. The power ports are in the wrong place. But wait! you say Is there another set?
Well, yes. But…
These are better but rather hard to get to and unless you have a very long USB cable you may not be able to use them with your device.
But at least there is plenty of storage?
Just enough to hold my tried and true Noise Hush headphones safe and sound but not much else. Many gripe that Delta One seats have limited storage. But compared to this they are dreamy!
What about the amenity kit?
This kit is on par with what Delta gives you in Premium Select! I am really starting to understand why so many avoid this “business class” experience.
What about sleeping?
My flight was a daytime flight but I made up the empty seat next to mine to show you what to expect. I will leave it to you to comment on what you think.
On to the food. Maybe that was better.
The meal choices were beef, chicken or not. I was not in the mood for chicken or not so both my wife and I choose the beef.
First up a drink and some nuts. An interesting presentation and so far so good.
The first course was respectable other than the flimsy plastic tray placed under the cloth. I removed it and for good reason (more on that in a bit).
The beef was sad. It was destroyed and chewy and floating in sauce. The potatoes were equally mush other than on top.
I was happy I was not very hungry.
I chose the cheese plate as my dessert option and it was tiny but the best thing I had placed in front of me. My wife had the flan and said it was also good.
I did not get a shot of the final service before landing. I had tea and a scone; but due to that tiny plastic tray that returned with the next service, I missed the edge and placed my teacup down on it — resulting in tea all over my seat and me.
I flew the remainder of the flight wet and sitting in the open seat next to mine.
I will say the A380 is an amazing aircraft. For such a beast it climbed gracefully and was a sweet ride over the Atlantic. If I had a good seat and good food, it would have been marvelous. Lastly, the British Airways flight attendants were delightful and attentive. They made me feel welcome and well cared for.
Also, spending off-peak Avios (and a few hundred bucks) vs. hundreds of thousands of SkyMiles really saved my frequent flyer account totals.
Have you had a chance to fly this old British Air Club World seat? Was your experience better or worse than mine? What do you think of this old business class seat? – René
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