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Cobalt Air to launch Heathrow to Larnaca flights with a new business class seat

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Cobalt Air has announced daily flights between London Heathrow and Larnaca, Cyprus from 27th March 2018.

This adds a further daily flight to Cobalt’s current flights from London Gatwick and Stansted.

The outbound flight will leave London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 at 17:20 arriving in Larnaca at 23:50 and the inbound flight will leave Larnaca at 12:45 arriving in Heathrow at 15:45.

Cobalt Air Business Seat

The Terminal 3 departure means that there are two good lounges for economy passengers if they have the right card – No 1 Lounge, reviewed here, and the new Club Aspire, reviewed here.  Cobalt will almost certainly do a deal with one of these for its business class passengers.

Flights will be operated by an A320 with 12 business class seats and 144 economy seats featuring Cobalt’s new business product as shown in the picture below.

Larnaca is one of the longest BA short-haul routes and there are occasional rumours, increasing recently, of it switching to a long-haul aircraft.  The Club Europe seat on a Boeing 767 really is not acceptable for a flight of 4 hours and 40 minutes.

I think this looks like an impressive alternative to BA on this route.  You can find out more on the Cobalt website here.

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  • Tariq says:

    Will we see the percentage entries by carrier choice or is that for the sponsor’s eyes only?

    • Raffles says:

      Virgin won comfortably. We are not publishing the full split it or the reasons behind it because it would be unfair to the company that funded it.

      • Intentionally Blank says:

        I’m not, obviously, privy to the results, but the fact that a mainly BA readership chose a different airline speaks volumes about the level of service on BA

      • Andrew says:

        Surely it would only be unfair if the funding company was near the bottom of the list? If Virgin funded it they’d love to have the results published.

    • Vasco Alves says:

      I didn’t win, but I picked Virgin too.

      • DPS says:

        So did I – Virgin Atlantic has consistently invested in Economy so as to upsell happy customers to Premium and Upper Class while BA patronises World Travellers implying it’s all about low fares.

      • Mike says:

        I didn’t win either but I picked Virgin too.

  • Catalan says:

    BA’s mid-haul fleet would fit perfectly on the Larnaca route.

    • Andrew says:

      True – it’s just a shame that a few of those ex-bmi A321s have been/are being converted to standard short haul configuration.

    • Gavin says:

      They’ve used it for the early flight on summer Saturday’s before.

  • Mike says:

    OT – Air France Premium Economy sale is on Book by 21/02/18. I find AF PE quite acceptable for long haul holiday travel seat not bad at all, fast track in airport, priority boarding and option to pay to enter AF lounges. Whole package much better than BA PE. Plus a lot easier from the regions as you fly via Paris rather than have to get to Heathrow.

    • JamesB says:

      My partner tried it last year and and was quite impressed, only criticism was very poor sear recline. On paper, I think it looks the best of all PE offerings unless NZ PE is still kicking around but then that’s not going to be of much use to many people here.

      • Simon says:

        AH, NZ PE that used to be great! The food was just the J food too. I think it declined a bit when they introduced the funky (space?) seats and it’s own food, still much better than BA’s offering tho. Not been on it since the latest revamp. I miss going to NZ [sigh]

        • JamesB says:

          NZ was my favourite airline ever, I used to fly to LAX in Business First or whatever they called it, crew were awesome. My last flight with them was about 2012 I think, just beforebtgey dropped their 744s. I would still fly them if they would bring back HKG.

  • TripRep says:

    “We are not going to say if Virgin was the airline who sponsored the competition or not”

    I’d truly be amazed if it wasn’t…

    • Eli Goldberg says:

      I voted virgin,
      Anymore readers wanna share who they voted for?

      • James A says:

        Virgin also here. I doubt BA or any of the US airlines would run this kind of data collection competition, it must be Virgin.

        Fancy sharing the results Rob even if you don’t want to share who commissioned it?

        • Prins Polo says:

          Virgin as well – just like 95% of the posters here.

          Isn’t it sad and ironic on a blog where 95% are BA Executive Club members?

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I chose BA 🙂

      There was a reason, I’ve never flown long haul economy with BA before and thought if it was free it would be worth a try. On longhaul I’ve only flown Club World or First.

      I have actually flown economy on Virgin Atlantic before, back in the days that my bmi gold card would give me Clubhouse access. I wouldn’t fancy T3 without lounge access. Before I had status I found T5 a much more pleasant experience than T3.

      Another benefit of BA would be their frequent schedule, there’s probably not much difference in economy products so the schedule means you’re more likely to find a convenient flight time.

      If the prize had been business class tickets I would have chosen Virgin Atlantic as I’d like an excuse to visit the LHR Clubhouse again and I’ve not tried their Upper Class product.

      I can’t remember what the other options were, I think they were only direct options so KLM, AF, etc wouldn’t be an option. I may have opted for KLM to see how they’ve changed since the days I used to fly them regularly..

  • Chris L says:

    Here’s hoping BA will be forced to up their game LHR-LCA, and preferably by Easter 😉

    • Fabrice B says:

      Hi, whats the rumoured replacement aircraft then? i’m wanting to do this route for a mileage run but if they’re going to upgrade the aircraft to something with flat beds i’ll wait!

      • Chris L says:

        I’ve heard rumours of a 777 but that’s partly wishful thinking on my part 🙂 I’ve also heard A321neo when they arrive which would be disastrous, with their Easyjet seating!

  • vol says:

    I voted Virgin.

  • Gavin says:

    Cobalt have seen off Aegean on this route despite A3 having one of the best soft product offerings for business class in Europe. Cobalt have far better flight times as well, the 3am arrival into Larnaca was very painful.

  • Deenesh says:

    I’d like to see the breakdowns and selection of reasons for choosing. Personally I chose DL simply because they are the only airline I’ve not flown longhaul out of the choices available and wanted to experience a new airline. Boring but a simple and genuine reason for my choice.

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