The roll-out of the new British Airways First Class seat is now complete. If you get on a British Airways plane and are seated in First, this is what you should get:
However, there still a chance that you may end up with this:
ALL of the Boeing 777’s have the new First Class seat, as do all of the Boeing 747’s with 70 Club World seats and of course the new A380’s (the 787’s delivered so far do not have First Class).
However, there are also 25 Boeing 747’s with 52 Club World seats. Half of these do NOT have the new First Class seat fitted, because they are due to be scrapped as additional A380’s and B787’s arrive.
British Airways has now launched a generous (in my view) compensation scheme if you find yourself flying in ‘old First’. On most routes, you will be offered a £250 British Airways voucher or 50,000 Avios points as compensation.
Remember that this is per person and per direction. If you were (un)lucky enough to get old First on both legs of your return flight, you would have accrued £1,000 of BA vouchers or 200,000 Avios between you.
I think this is a decent deal. You obviously receive the same food, drink and lounge access whatever version of First you get. The old and new seats are also – give or take – the same size and the same configuration. The main difference (apart from wear and tear on the old seats) is the tiny TV screen – something I never use anyway.
I can understand that, if you have been waiting for a dream trip for a long time, that the old seat may be a disappointment. However, personally, thinking about how I would use the £500 per couple (or 100,000 Avios) compensation would make up for it ….
Sadly – before anyone asks – it is not possible to guarantee any route which would have old First, in case you thought this would be a good way to get yourself a pay out!