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The first photo of the new British Airways First Suite

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This is a short article, but I know a lot of people are keen to see the new seat.

We have managed to get hold of a photograph of the new British Airways First Suite. Here you go, click to enlarge:

British Airways First Suite

We are hoping to take a peek at the seat in the flesh soon. As a reminder, this seat is being installed on four brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft being delivered to British Airways this Autumn. The first aircraft arrived last week.

Behind the door, it is still fundamentally the same First Class seat which has been used on other recent deliveries:

British Airways First class refresh seatbelt First Suite

Here is an earlier internal BA image we obtained:

British Airways First Suite doors

Whilst nothing has been confirmed by British Airways, there is talk that it will be retrofitted to the existing Boeing 777-300ER fleet too. This still means, unfortunately, that only a handful of long-haul aircraft will have it and your chances of flying it are slim.

Whether this seat is used on the upcoming Boeing 777X fleet (the larger 777-9 variant) being delivered from 2022, is a different question. British Airways will receive up to 42 Boeing 777X, with 18 firm orders and 24 additional options.

Our article on the British Airways Boeing 777-9 / 777X order is here.


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Comments (50)

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  • BJ says:

    When can we expect to see a roof on all these new cunicles with doors but no tops?

    • Andrew says:

      Although these look a lot more private than those silly half doors on CW Suite which really only provide privacy when in bed mode. I was disappointed when I flew in it, I was expecting it to feel like QSuite but it wasn’t at all.

      • Catalan says:

        I’m not sure you’re referencing the right airline here. The Club Suite has a fully closing door setup. It’s Virgin’s Upper Class Suite that has the ‘silly half doors’, as you put it.

        • Andrew says:

          Granted the Upper Class Suite door is even more silly, but if you’ve sat in Club World Suite you’ll know what I mean, when you’re sitting up your face is still visible – the pictures make it look a lot more private than it is and really only provides privacy when quite reclined or in bed mode. QSuite it certainly is not.

    • Lady London says:

      when they’ve got the loft insulation sorted out.

  • Andrew says:

    I like the BA crest on the wall, very classy – differentiates the cabin from CW with the Speedmarque on the wall.

  • Doc says:

    Unless the rumoured “new” first class on the 777X is substantially better than this, I really don’t see people wanting to spend substantially more money /Avios for First travel on planes with Club suites.

    • ChrisW says:

      Agreed. The better business class gets, the less need for first.

    • Nic says:

      At the moment the price difference on first versus club flights to New York is tiny and given so few flights have the new suiteds it is a great deal. And the experience certainly used to be much more special in terms of food and service.

      • Andrew says:

        The food and drink is MUCH better in First and of course much more attentive service, plus CCR where available. Of course until BA stop serving ready meals in cardboard boxes in First then I’ll be keeping my custom away.

        • memesweeper says:

          First lounge in NYC was fabulous when I used it, that and the rest of the ground experience makes F worth it on the NY route.

  • mark2 says:

    I may be in the minority but I see having a door as a downgrade, and I don’t suffer from claustrophobia.

    • Andrew says:

      You don’t have to close it, so you’re no worse off

    • Paul says:

      +1

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I agree. Lack of privacy has never been an issue for me on BA F. I’d rather they invested the design/engineering effort into bringing back buddy dining to the new seat.

  • Number9 says:

    Glad that shoulder strap can be detached. They are never comfortable for woman.

  • Simon says:

    Looks like a hot tub!

  • Nathan says:

    Seems to bear a striking resemblance to one of those walk-in baths available for the elderly or less mobile.

  • Jose Pacheco says:

    Drab.!! Drab colours, drab style, an outdated look. BA has slipped so far behind the other airlines.
    All that money spent and the colour is grey!! The doors look silly. Perhaps the design team need to fly the likes of Emirates to see what a true first class looks like. That…is worth the money spent. Nevermind about seat belts..
    BA has lost its edge in all areas. Just my opinion!

    • Duncan says:

      It’ll always be personal preference, but I prefer the understated elegance of this muted colour scheme than the in-your-face glitzy stylings of Emirates. 🤷‍♂️

    • @mkcol says:

      Depends how nouveau riche you are Jose.

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