The British Airways First Class improvements are now live!

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British Airways officially launched its ‘soft’ improvements to First Class on Sunday, and they should be fully rolled out across the network by today.

SaturdayKid on Flyertalk posted some images, of which I have borrowed a couple.  You can see all of his images and some other feedback on Flyertalk here.

General feedback from a couple of HFP readers who are also BA crew is positive with customers being especially happy with the new noise cancelling headphones.  The loss of the Liberty amenity kits does seem to be felt, however, with the new Temperley ones not really measuring up in terms of style or bag quality.

Here is the new amenity kit, the new noise-cancelling headphones from Meridian and the new day blanket:

British Airways First Class improvements

Here is the new sleep suit, also from Temperley – male and female versions are available.  Apparently you can now mix and match the sizing of the top and bottom halves for the first time.

British Airways First Class improvements

Whilst not pictured, your hot towel now comes on a little glass tray!

There is also new crockery, cutlery and glassware.  Here are some official BA pictures:

British Airways First Class improvements

and

British Airways First Class improvements

The new teapot is also apparently very impressive!

There is also good feedback on the new bedding with praise for the high thread count.

New British Airways First Class food

A new menu has also been introduced.  Here is a sample selection for the main meal.

As you will see, canapes have returned, served with the initial drinks service:

Canapes

Shropshire blue cheese with spiced apple jelly and candied pecans, Kinglas smoked salmon with cream cheese and caviar, Cumbrian air-dried salami with sliced black olive, sun-blushed tomatoes and cornichon

Here is a current main meal menu:

Appetisers

Cured beef bresaola with tonnato dressing, anchovies, tomato, caper

Kidderton Ash goat’s cheese with hazelnuts, asparagus, raddish

Seared scallops with truffle pea puree, maple-cured gammon, pea shoots

Vichyssoise soup with Braddock Whites poached duck egg, potato salad

Seasonal mixed leaf salad with spicy lemon vinaigrette or creamy honey mustard dressing

Entrees (why has BA started using the word entree?)

Seared fillet of aged Herefordshire beef with caramelised caper butter, red wine jus, roasted vine-tomatoes, wild mushrooms, pine nuts

Seared fillet of halibut with Brixham crab bisque, preserved lemon, buttered samphire

Roasted breast of corn-fed free-range chicken with Winbirri Bacchus white wine, thyme and bread sauce

Ricotta black pepper ravioli with lovage pesto, charred leeks, black olives, red vein sorrel

All served with side orders of potato fondant with truffle salt, broccoli with almonds, glazed chantenay carrots

Cheese

Belton Farm Red Fox

Fourme d’Ambert

Double-Barrel Lincolnshire Poacher

Normandy Camembert

Desserts

Chocolate and orange delice with almond granola, sugared pistachios

Blueberry and nectarine charlotte

Vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce, raspberries

Chocolates by Lauden

The wine list and champagne list appears much as it was, which means you’re still getting bottles selling for £12.72 retail.  However, British Airways has added a cocktail list including mocktails.

All in all, it seems more like evolution than revolution although there is no doubt that the overall standard has improved.  I look forward to trying it out at some point.

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Comments

  1. The Original Nick says:

    Harry, Just out of interest, that black cat? Isn’t that the damn one you tripped over?

    • Shoestring says:

      Still alive, trying to twine itself around my legs on the staircase…very dark thoughts of dumping it 50 miles away then the brain/ cat microchip (they’ll catch you!) kicks in 🙂

      Shame that as I’m the main feeder it sees me as mum and is very purry.

  2. Aleem Hussein says:

    I flew BA First yesterday London to Toronto. Apart from the headphones the changes are simply that changes without any real improvement and if anything the previous Refinery men’s grooming products are better than the new Elemis ones. The food remains bad, beef is always overcooked and while it’s nice to see cocktails offered they really are basic. The only reason to fly BA First is because Club World is so bad for a business class. It will be interesting to see how the new Club Suite compares to First once it’s available. One thing is for sure regardless of good the new Club Suite is physically, BA really needs to improve it’s service as it’s currently a shit show. I think BA really takes advantage of the fact that if you want to fly direct from the UK they are the only option. It’s unacceptable that despite paying for a premium/business/first ticket sometimes the service is the same as you find with Ryanair.

  3. Peter 64K says:

    Anyone else watch the BA program (advert) with Nigel Havers and Sally Lindsay about First Class vs Economy. It’s like they were told they had to say everything was amazing.
    Nigel Havers sat in “economy”…but it was an extra legroom room row with him in the middle and no one with in the seats either side.

    • Tilly says:

      I watched it. Agree, economy amazing? My reality in economy is I end up next to a larger stranger who encroaches in my space (I’m petite) and/or has questionable hygiene and eating habits – simply nasty. Premium economy is a better more pleasant experience. Biz is my preference for the flat bed. F is very nice but I think wasted on me.

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