Review of British Airways flight New York London in Business

Airline British Airways
Flight BA4
Class Business
Seat 3A
Aircraft Airbus A318
Flight time 07:05
Take-off 15 Dec 15, 21:55
Arrival at 16 Dec 15, 10:00
BA   #76 out of 108 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 810 reviews
Godsavethepoints
Published on 18th December 2015
Picture a commercial travel experience where you feel as if you're on a private jet, one that also happens to share the callsign and flight number previously assigned to the legendary Concorde. Now forget everything you know about pictures. This review is the first to incorporate 360 degree virtual reality technology. On certain photos, which are clearly labeled, you can use your mouse (desktop) or finger (mobile) to move the images around in any direction, up down, left right, to make you feel as if you're right there on the flight. Speaking of which, our flight on British Airways Club World London City allowed us to cross the pond on an aircraft with less seats on the whole plane, than there are business class seats alone on any of their other planes. It holds a maximum capacity of 32 people, making for an extremely private experience no lines, no rush, plenty of luxury. Join us…
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Who doesn't like feeling special? Even though it's technically a Club World aka business class flight, London City customers are able to check in at a more secluded first class desk.

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We were number two in line for check in and took the opportunity to make stupid faces while showing you the check in area for First class plus London City, conveniently located next to dedicated fast track security…

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Before long, after another exciting exchange of smiles with TSA agents, we made it to the Galleries lounge, a large spacious and multi faceted lounge. You can guess where we headed…


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Ah yes, the bar, and now, we can officially say we've been to a bar together, even if in virtual reality. The bar features excellent wine and spirit options with Bombay, Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniels and more. I personally enjoyed a Cabernet + Syrah blend from Washington state in the US.

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Hey, it's free. Why not?! And if you ask nicely, they'll even bring you champagne instead of the prosecco on display…

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After some time at the bar we made our way to the pre flight dining area, reserved for club world and London City customers who wish to eat before their flight in a buffet style offering. Now we've had dinner together too!

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Food is art and I took my presentation seriously when grabbing all the ingredients of a great chicken taco… minus the taco. There were a wide variety of options for all palates, I just don't care to waste food and time I could spend drinking, taking photos of things I won't eat…

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As I may have eluded to, this plane is the smallest commercial jet liner crossing the Atlantic with just eight rows and a maximum of 32 passengers. Everything feels private. No lines, no stress, no gate crowds. It's beautiful.

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In what certainly was a highlight of my life, the very kind cabin and flight deck crew obliged to my request to come hang out in the flight deck and they actually really loved seeing the 360 degree image of our hang above! Amazing!

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Onto my seat, which if you can count was in row three, seat A. Very spacious with more width than standard British Airways Club World Seats. It felt extremely clean and quiet. With only around 16 passengers on this flight you could hear a whisper!

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We had roughly 15 people on our flight with three dedicated crew members. Needless to say the attention and service was the best I've ever had. Hopefully you moved your finger around or clicked around and are getting a feel for the cabin, if not, don't worry you'll have another opportunity.

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Legroom anyone? Though this picture doesn't adequately display it, the white shells around the seats are quite high, allowing you to really not see anyone in front or behind you, just whoever's next to you. It felt a lot like a private jet with one random guy sitting across from us on it… who happened to snore.

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Cabin starting to feel like you've been there yourself? I hope so.

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I found the bed very comfortable and plenty long for my 6'3'' frame. Laura managed to fall asleep mere minutes after take off, which I assume counts as an endorsement too.

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Make yourself at home and lay down with us. Pretty inviting? Just kidding, please keep your distance. This was one of our favorite flights of all time because of the feeling of privacy and the lack of overall passengers, crowds.

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As I mentioned, we opted for the pre flight meal, but anyone still a bit peckish can grab a lighter bite from the Champagne Supper. I took a look, but opted for sleep. Our take off on flight BA 0004 was roughly 10PM and eating early allowed us to tuck in almost immediately, catching roughly six hours of sleep.

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To the shock of no one more than myself, I did not manage to drink any red or white wine! Nice menu though.

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Both Tattinger and Tattinger Rose Brut were on offer. I sampled both and very much enjoyed the Rose Brut pictured here alongside Laura watching the Gavin & Stacy Christmas special…

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Champagne and alcohol, what could go wrong? Here's the rest of your alcohol selections for the evening! For a closer look, click here.

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I don't think there's a more convenient way to get from New York to London and vice versa. London City airport is right smack dab in the middle of the city, and with the reduced amount of time you need to arrive prior to your flight, you can spend more time working, more time sleeping and wake up feeling as fresh as I do today, which is a miracle.

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Tips? Eat in the lounge if you're coming from New York. If coming from London, you only need to arrive 15 minutes before your flight so spend your time at home. I would personally avoid row one as it tends to be busiest and nearest to the restrooms. The back of the cabin seemed very tranquil and lets be honest, on a flight with 16-32 people, there's not a big clamor to get off the plane. We loved it…

A BIG thanks to the fantastic crew, lead by Nicholas Sparks.
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Verdict

British Airways

9.0/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering10.0

British Airways Terraces Lounge

5.0/10
Comfort5.0
Meal/catering5.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Services5.0

New York - JFK

7.1/10
Efficiency8.5
Access6.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness6.5

London - LCY

6.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness5.0

Conclusion

This is just such a wonderfully efficient way of crossing the Atlantic. The seat is comfortable, the food is nice, but it's the privacy, service and convenience that make it a winner.
Original review: http://www.godsavethepoints.com/news/baclubworldlcy360review
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6 Comments

  • Comment 152948 by
    Godsavethepoints AUTHOR 2 Comments

    Oh no! The 360 spherical images worked in preview but appear not to be working on the live site. Any help to correct the situation?

  • Comment 152963 by
    directorphilip2 82 Comments

    I put your code on preview and it works. I think it's a nice idea to do 360's I did similar with video using kodak.

  • Comment 152979 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5377 Comments

    Thanks for sharing the first Trip Report ever in 360VR here with the Flight-Report community!

    I've always wanted to try Club World London City! The closest I've come is OpenSkies back when they were still All-Business class. So flying CW LCY gives you access to First check-in from what I can see, but does not give access to the First lounge at JFK? Having Emerald status, I have access, but just wondering for future reference.

    I like that BA lounges offer a pre-flight dining option. It's really convenient on these short Transatlantic flights so that you can go right to sleep after takeoff. This is usually not an option on U.S. carriers, unless you can manage to make a full meal out of carrot sticks and chex mix :-P

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you'll post more reports here in the future!

    Welcome to Flight-Report!

    Kevin

    • Comment 330795 by
      KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5377 Comments

      Oh wow, nice to know about the arrival services. I knew LCY didn't have an arrivals lounge so I just figured there was nothing, so this is definitely a very premium touch. I was also a SkyTeam flyer for a long time with DL, but left them when they devalued the Skymiles program so much.

    • Comment 330697 by
      Godsavethepoints AUTHOR 2 Comments

      Hey Kevin, Yeah that's correct. You stay left upon entering the terminal at JFK and are at the first desks. I had been mainly a skyTeam flyer prior to this year, so only Sapphire with OW. That will change soon! I think doing the Galleries First lounge would be a nice upgrade and make for an even better experience. It is so nice to eat before the flight, added sleep, and for whatever reason i feel I digest better on the ground. I failed to mention the arrival service at London City but it's fantastic. Essentially, book at lounge on the way out at JFK, car waiting at LCY, takes you to Radisson Blu nearby (very nice actually) for a private room and complimentary full breakfast. Refresh, shower, and hit the town.

  • Comment 153080 by
    Nick 172 Comments

    Great report. The onboard product seemed fantastic, but props on incorporating the 360 degree photos!

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