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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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  • David S says:

    Or a way for BA to cut costs even more. Probably about the right size as well. 🙂

  • Tom Murray says:

    I can’t see what was wrong with ‘open’ First seats with respectful spacing. All this boxing-in and enclosed areas does nothing for me. Like being in solitary confinement waiting for a warder to bring food or come for a chat. It’ll keep the disgruntled mixed fleet staff at bay I suppose.
    Many urbo and city types moving in to their country trophy houses build walls and f**k-off gates to isolate themselves from their fellow man. This is more of the same

    • Catalan says:

      +1

    • Andrew says:

      My experience of QSuite is that even the super attentive QR crew forget about you when you’re shut away – I always find the service much more attentive on the Dreamliner/A380 seat and so don’t always jump on the opportunity to select QSuite.

    • Dubious says:

      If they could just extend the seat to have wheels and have the staff pull me through the terminal I could stay in the box all the way from drop off at the terminal door to aircraft – no need to interact with anyone except security

      • Bob says:

        And if you fly first class, you obviously do not need to be controled by security, don’t you?
        🙂

      • @mkcol says:

        True self-loading freight.

      • Lady London says:

        … and if they could put it on 2 poles so 4 men could carry it, or even mount it on an elephant, then your personal transport to the airport could be taken care of as well.

    • Alex W says:

      Just leave the doors open then if you want to! Those that don’t fancy a chat can shut theirs. The choice is yours…

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        This. Just seems as though people have to find something to complain about, it’s probably far better than the old 747 seat!

  • Opus says:

    I think it looks great. I honestly don’t know what people are looking for. People are so weird. When club suite came out people said oh how can BA continue with a first class without a door, It’s so outdated, it’s the best business class.

    Now they’ve put a door

    “You don’t understand the fuss with doors” then don’t use it. Nobody is forcing you.

    I still can’t see the difference between this seat and what Emirates offers on the 380.

    This is FAR superior to club suite in my opinion.

    Secondly loyal first customers don’t tend to look at price for those saying club suite will say them. That’s part of the reason the number of seats in first has reduced and club has increased. The market BA is looking to attract is not those that are doing price comparison.

    Anyway, same thing people said about club suite till they entered and all the good reviews came back.

    Quite frankly, I do not see much of a difference between this seat and what a lot of other carriers have on offer. People just like to a dig at BA when they make improvements because….why not

    Emirates has the most basic form of business class I’ve ever seen for a major carrier but they’re the gold standard LOL

    • Opus says:

      ALSO. I really don’t expect BA to change the first seat on the 777X if I’m being very honest. Maybe slightly different from this seat but I think it will be based on this

    • Catalan says:

      I totally agree with you here. There’s no pleasing some people. BA are not perfect, we all know that, but to just come on here to criticize for the sake of it adds no value to the discussion.
      As for Emirates and their 2-3-2 config on many of their B777s let’s have a talk about that!
      No, I didn’t think so.

      • Doc says:

        Happy to chat Catalan about EK. Poor business class seats like the 2-3-2 on their 77W and worsening customer meant that I moved my business away from them a long time ago. The 380 business class were ok although I have had more broken seats that needed fixing on the EK A380 than any other aircraft. Not all rosy as people think on EK.

  • Josh says:

    O.T question: Regarding the Virgin Atlantic CC offer in October (spend 500+ on Virgin to get free upgrade voucher)

    Virgin just told me that since I opened my Reward+ account after the offer announcement, I’m not eligible. Is that the case?

    • DRJR says:

      Hi Josh,

      No that’s not correct, their twitter team confirmed in an email that existing and new card holders and eligible, with no cut-off date for having signed up.

  • Brighton Belle says:

    Surely it’s like a confessional box? “Forgive my sins Almighty, I have travelled with other carriers and enjoyed their guilty pleasures”

  • Paul says:

    Going of subject slightly, does anybody know how you may currently call BA to book a reward flight, the usual number seem to talk about immediate travel plans and then disconnect you.

    • Andrew says:

      Log into your Exec club account and find contact us for the phone number appropriate for your tier. And try not pressing any options and you’ll get through to someone.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    Comments are highly amusing.

    You all complain about the 747, BA’s first and club world products.

    They do something about it and you’re still complaining.

  • Amber Lynn says:

    It’s a picture of doors FFS. Who knows what’s behind them.

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