Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Which 14 British Airways Boeing 777 routes will get Club Suite business class this Winter?

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Most of the attention over Club Suite, the new British Airways business class product, has focused on the new A350 fleet.  These aircraft are coming out of the factory with Club Suite installed.

(Our ‘first look’ review of the new Club Suite seat is here if you missed it.)

At the same, however, British Airways is launching a refurbishment of the Boeing 777-200ER fleet.  These aircraft will see Club Suite installed, alongside a shrunken First Class cabin (the existing 14 seats will be reduced to 8).

Via Airlineroute, we now have the 14 routes which see Club Suite at some point over the Winter season which runs from late October to late March.

Unfortunately it is not possible to tell from ba.com whether your aircraft has Club Suite.  You need to check the seating plan after you book, looking for 1-2-1 in Business Class and eight seats in First Class.  Don’t get too excited even if it is showing, since it is still early days – the first refurbished aircraft won’t even arrive for a few months and the timetable could easily slip.

British Airways Club Suite Boeing 777 routes

Which Boeing 777 routes will get Club Suite?

Abuja – 2 x weekly from 30th January, 3 x weekly from 18th February, 5-6 x weekly from 24th February

Bahrain / Dammam – 8th January and 10th January only

Boston – from 2nd February, some days on BA215/214 and BA239/238

Chicago – from 28th January, some days on BA297/296

Dubai – 13th February only (but Dubai gets an A350 from 2nd September with Club Suite)

Jeddah – 2 x weekly from 20th February

Kuwait City – 2-3 x weekly from 1st February, 5 x weekly from 3rd March

Nairobi – from 14th January

Newark – 21st January only

New York JFK – see below

Philadelphia – 1 x weekly from 11th March on BA69/68

Riyadh – from 29th January on some days

Seattle – 1 x weekly (BA53/52) from 2nd January, various weekly on BA49/48 from 20th February

Tel Aviv – from 30th January on various dates on BA165/164 (Tel Aviv is also getting an A350)

British Airways Club Suite Boeing 777 routes

The New York JFK routings are more complex:

BA177/174 – Club Suite from 27th October on selected days

BA115/176 – Club Suite from 2nd November on one day per week (none in February)

BA175/116 – Club Suite from 9th December on selected dates

BA173/112 – Club Suite from 2nd January to 20th February on two weekly services

BA179/182 – Club Suite from 23rd February on one weekly service

British Airways Club Suite Boeing 777 routes

All of this is, I admit, as clear as mud

It is difficult to draw too much from this list, I admit.  It is far easier with the A350 aircraft, which show clearly in the timetable.  You also need to have a degree of scepticism over how accurate this list will turn out to be, albeit that BA has now officially rostered the refurbished aircraft.

British Airways Club Suite Boeing 777 routes

And what is happening with First Class?

We don’t know.  Very little is known about what BA will be installing in First Class on these aircraft, except that the seatmap shows a 1-2-1 configuration.

Logically I would expect a copy of the seat used on Boeing 787-9 fleet, which also has an 8-seat cabin.  Does that still cut the mustard, however, given how much better Club Suite is than Club World?  Let’s see.

And don’t forget Economy Class is heading in the wrong direction ……

If you usually travel down the back, the news is less good.  When these aircraft some back from refurbishment, they will be 3-4-3 in World Traveller rather than 3-3-3.

The full layout is 8 x First, 49 x Club Suite, 40 x World Traveller Plus and 138 x World Traveller.

For more Club Suite news …..

Keep an eye on the HFP social media channels on Friday afternoon as we attend the arrival event for the first A350 as it flies in from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, and hopefully get a chance to see inside.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Comments (148)

  • Caz says:

    OT: Is there a lounge option in terminal 2 of JFK?

  • Chris says:

    OT (Apologies)

    I have two free nights with IHG – One from the Creation card and the other from the Principal promotion earlier in the year. Are you able to book them for a date beyond the expiry date or do I have to stay before the expiry date? Thanks

  • Bootlace says:

    Try before you buy……. full club suite seat in the BA heritage centre, sit in it for the fascinating history of BA 1 hour presentation they do.

  • oonagh cacioppo says:

    Will the Business Suite seat entitle you to use Concord Lounge or still only First Class?

  • sean says:

    BALPA’s industrial action ballot members in British Airways has now closed, with a 93% vote in favour of industrial action on a 90% turnout.

    BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:

    “This strong result demonstrates the resolve of BA pilots, and shows BA that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted. Sadly three days of ACAS talks have not moved the company’s position one iota. Settlement of this dispute is in BA’s hands.

    “We do not wish to inconvenience our customers which is why we have tried to resolve this matter through negotiation starting last November – it is BA who has regrettably chosen to drag this out into the summer months.”

    BALPA believes the cost to BA to settle dispute in full is significantly less than the cost would be of even a single day’s strike action.

    BA’s attempt to injunct this industrial action in the High Court tomorrow [Tuesday 23rd July] means that any further negotiations are on hold while we prepare to defend our right to take this action

    BA is making massive profits as a result of the hard work and dedication of staff, including because of sacrifices made during hard times. Thankfully BA is no longer in a fight for survival so, like the airline’s senior managers and directors, pilots deserve a small fraction of that profit via, for instance, a profit share scheme.

    We currently do not have dates for any potential strike action and will issue an update on this in due course. We remain hopeful that this dispute can be resolved before strike action, but we remain committed to action if necessary

  • Gringo says:

    BALPA announce on Twitter that 93% of 90% voted to strike. No dates yet.

  • ChrisC says:

    BALPA BALLOT RESULT

    90% turn out and 93% voting in favour

    https://www.balpa.org/Media-Centre/Press-Releases/BA-pilots-vote-strongly-for-strike-action

    BALPA states this (my capitalisation)

    “We currently DO NOT HAVE ANY DATES for any potential strike action and will issue an update on this in due course. We remain hopeful that this dispute can be resolved before strike action, but we remain committed to action if necessary.”

    • AJA says:

      Just booked in for my flight to LHR tomorrow and this appeared on the BA website:

      Threat of industrial action

      22 July 2019

      We’re very disappointed that the pilot union, BALPA, has chosen to disrupt our customers’ travel plans – including the summer holidays of thousands of families and friends – with potential strike action.

      We have yet to receive strike dates from BALPA, so there are no changes to our schedule at this time.

      We remain open to working with BALPA to reach agreement, as we have been since December.

      Our proposed pay offer of 11.5 per cent over three years is fair, and the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90 per cent of British Airways staff, have already recommended this offer to their members.

      We’re pursuing every avenue to find a solution to protect your travel plans and we urge BALPA to return to talks as soon as possible.

      We’re very sorry for the disruption this potential strike action will cause.

      Please check this page for the latest updates.

      https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/strike/latest-information

      • Lady London says:

        You could try giving the pilots back thé 5,000 pounds cut they agreed to ‘until BA could recover after 9/11, BA. That would be a start if I”ve read what Rob mentioned correctly.

        Was 9/11 not in 2001?
        And are we not now in 2019, with several years of record profits, and you’ve still not reinstated the pilots’ money as promised? If I was them I’d want 12 years each pilot of that money. Then we could talk about future packages.

        Shame on you, British Airways.

  • Liam says:

    OT (no Bits) — I’m flying out of ORD terminal 1 this evening in United economy. I have Priority Pass but apparently there are no PP lounges in that terminal. I also have an Amex Platinum. Are there any alternative options I may have missed for lounge access? I assume not but last time I had a similar question someone here pointed out that I could use my Platinum to get into the Lufthansa lounge at Munich airport.

    • Lady London says:

      Amex Plat gets into Delta Sky Lounges. I don’t think there’s a Centurion lounge in ORD?