Vital HFP reader news – new champagne coming to Club World next week (and new cutlery)

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From 27th March, British Airways will be serving a new champagne in its Club World cabins – Henriot Brut Souverain NV.

This did apparently win a blind taste test.  You may be cynically thinking that it is also cheap, but Jancis Robinson recommended it at Christmas so I am quietly confident.  I will see if the crew will bring me a glass into First Class in early April ….

de Castelnau Rose and de Castelnau Brut Reserve NV will also continue to be available.

Henriot champange

And new champagne in Club Europe too …..

If you’ve not flown Club Europe so far this year, you won’t know that de Castlenau Brut Reserve NV has replaced the Heidsieck Monopole.  Monopole has been the CE champgne since, well, the dawn of time, or at least as far back as I can remember.  Reports on Flyertalk are mixed so far.

And new cutlery ……

There will be even more excitement on board from Tuesday (long-haul) and a week on Tuesday (short-haul) as new cutlery is introduced in all cabins except First.

Coming rather late to the party, given the current oil price, this new cutlery will be noticeably lighter than the current version which apparently leads to fuel savings.

A rumour, started by my friend Dave, that you will be getting this:


is untrue.  Luckily.

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  1. De Castelnau was served on my flight VCE-GTW last month.

  2. Yawn – let me know when they get some decent soft drinks in. Still waiting for BA to realise that Club World pax who don’t drink alcohol deserve something more than the kids fizzy pop they serve up in WT.

  3. OT: I was just looking for a hotel in FRA for the 6/7th Apr after coming back from SIN on QR, setting my family up for the BA connecting flight back to LHR. I looked at the IHG site to see if I could hit an Accelerate target, that was until I saw the price of a basic room in the IC Frankfurt!!!!!

    Basic room flexible rate – Eur 2300.00
    Advanced saver rate – Eur 2007.00

    To say I nearly choked on my brunch is an understatement, think I might use a rewards night if I stay there on those dates.

    • IC FRA is a dump. Avoid even Euro 20.07.

      • Thank for the info Rob, we’re staying at the Hilton at the airport on the way out.

        Just confirm: it was Eur 2007.90 Two Thousand and Seven Euros ninety cents for that night (advanced purchase) in the IC FRA. I do hope someone has messed up on that price! I’ve take a screen shot!!

  4. @ Deb
    I flew with BA to SFO yesterday (on the 3pm Departure – BA287 ) and can confirm it did have the new First cabin.
    Sadly I was “only” in club – but at £750 rt from CPH (using about the same number of Avios as earned on the flight) I wasn’t complaining!

  5. Matt W says:

    Let them eat cake with a spork …

  6. Topp2015 says:

    First world problems…

    • I should have pirated the article I saw the other day about which airlines do and don’t serve caviar in F, you’d have liked that one.

      (Apparently, Lufthansa First Class consumes 5% of the world caviar supply, a figure I find slightly hard to believe but which is put around by LH themselves.)

  7. wetboy1uk says:

    Are you short on articles? A post on changes to champagne lol

    • 3rd most read article of the last 7 days – will be 2nd by Monday lunchtime! Admittedly things are a bit thin news-wise at the moment but I would have run this regardless.

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