Is the new British Airways Club World business class seat the old Emirates seat?
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2019 is now approaching, and with it the arrival of the first British Airways A350 which will feature the new Club World seat.
Whilst BA has filed a number of patents showing various designs, you shouldn’t read much into this. Patents are filed all the time whenever someone has a workable idea and it doesn’t mean they will ever be used. The only thing we know for certain is that all seats will have direct aisle access.
Cabin crew website paddleyourownkanoo is claiming, from apparently two separate sources, that British Airways has now abandoned the idea of developing a new seat in-house.
More surprisingly, it claims that both sources have confirmed that BA has settled on the Emirates A380 seat – a seat which first flew in 2005.
The obvious flaw in this story is that Emirates only uses the seat on its A380 aircraft. It has never been retrofitted onto its Boeing 777 fleet, which implies that it doesn’t fit. Even now, the new Emirates Boeing 777 business class seat bears no relation to the A380 version.
Let’s assume that BA has found a way, though. It is not a crazy idea. I have flown the Emirates version many times. It is a surprisingly dense configuration which would appeal to BA, without actually feeling so dense because the seat walls are quite high. You get a lot of personal space. You get huge IFE screens. You get a small private mini-bar at your seat. You retain a middle pair, in some rows, for couples who want to be side by side.
The biggest oddity is the seat length. To allow all passengers direct aisle access, the seats which are adjacent to the aisles are shorter than those directly by the window or in the middle pair. This is to create a gap for the adjacent passenger to walk through. Whenever we fly it, my kids go in the middle pair so they can be side by side (and get the longer seat) whilst all 6’2′ of me gets the shorter seat adjacent to the aisle.
The full article is here if you want to check it out but don’t take it too seriously.
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