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The first British Airways Boeing 777-300ER with First Suite has arrived

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British Airways took delivery of the first of four new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft yesterday.

It touched down at Heathrow in the morning after a flight from the Boeing factory in Everett.

British Airways First Suite doors

The new aircraft will feature an improved – but not radically different – First Suite seat. For the first time, First Class seats will have a door. This puts the First Class cabin on a par with Business Class, as these aircraft are arriving with the new Club Suite seat as standard.

We don’t have any photographs of the new First Suite – the best we have is this illustration from the crew manual. Hopefully we can get our hands on some over the next few days.

Your chances of flying the new seat are not great. There is no news on it being retrofitted to older aircraft and a totally new First Class seat is believed to be planned for the 777X deliveries due from 2022.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (41)

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  • RussellH says:

    Amex contacts the person in the business responsible for the Amex a/c, in my experience (which was, admittedly, 2013). If that person does not bother to tell other members of staff…

    • RussellH says:

      Forgot to mention that the business has (had?) to agree to joining Shop Small. I did not, as I was negotiating to sell up at the time.

      • cinereus says:

        Why wouldn’t you under those circumstances?

        • RussellH says:

          Because I was not selling anything! I was a tour operator without a programme. If I had not been able to sell up I would have closed down anyway.

  • Opus says:

    The renaming ERs will be fitted with the first suite. The first to receive this will be G-STBD at the start of next year

  • Lee says:

    Have they said what route the new 777 we be deployed on ?

    • Nick says:

      JFK and MLE are the first two.

      • Tocsin says:

        I did a speculative booking last week in the sale, and BA112 JFK-LHR on 23 Jul is showing a B777-300ER with 8F and Club Suite. (Not getting my hopes up yet for either the holiday or the aircraft type!)

  • Gavin Inskip says:

    Anyone else not got the CoOp deal in their Amex Offers? I’ve only got the Will Writing one

    • Rob says:

      I unexpectedly walked past a Co-Op today, but didn’t have the right Amex on me.

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