IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, LEVEL and Vueling, published its first half results on Friday.
There wasn’t much in it to justify a full article, although its worth noting that the British Airways 77X fleet is not now scheduled to start arriving until 2026. The British Airways capacity crunch is set to continue for another three years, and the decision to get rid of the Boeing 747 fleet during the pandemic may continue to bite back.
There was one nugget, however. IAG revealed a tiny picture of the business class seat that Iberia will be using on its forthcoming (December 2023) A350 order:
As you can see, it has a door.
Iberia already has a dozen A350 aircraft in its fleet, but there is a second batch of eight on the way. It isn’t clear if the existing A350 fleet will be reconfigured or not – it would be expensive, given that the seats are relatively new, but operationally it will be tricky having two different layouts on a small fleet.
There is also no word on whether it will be retrofitted to the A330 fleet.
The seat has been announced as the Recaro CL model, and it appears to be the Recaro CL6720 that is shown here on the Recaro website.
Here is a picture from the Recaro website of the no-door variant:
It is described as:
“The CL6720 elevates luxury into new spheres with generous living space and best-in-class comfort features. It is nothing less than the next generation of business class travel.
The new CL6720 creates a mini-suite experience through its’ optional sliding doors and individually adjustable settings. Increased living space and cut-edge styling with high quality trim & finish materials create what we call “traveling in style”. The generous and versatile stowage provides enough space for all personal belongings.
Even though this business class seat lacks nothing, it is one of the most layout-efficient and lightest seats in the industry.”
Air China is currently using this seat on part of its fleet and it looks impressive, so this is definitely one to keep an eye out for over the next couple of years.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.