British Airways World Traveller Plus Flight 179 London Heathrow – New York JFK – Review
After an early arrival at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, and a quick check-in for World Traveller Plus, British Airways’ premium economy class, I made my way through passport control and security with time to spare before this 6:05 p.m. flight.
Boarding was equally speedy. World Traveller Plus seating was in a 2-4-2 configuration in a dedicated cabin aboard a Boeing 777-300. I found my aisle seat, 22D, already topped with a pillow, a blanket, and an amenity kit, while headphones were tucked into the seatback in front.
Seats had a pitch of 38 inches (compared to 31 inches in BA’s standard World Traveller economy class), and a width of 18.5 inches. I didn’t need an adapter for the in-seat power socket as it was compatible with UK, US, and European plugs. The seatback’s 10.6-inch video touch screen offered hundreds of hours of audio and video on demand, including TV programs, films, and CDS, and also featured two USB ports.
Flight attendants took drink orders and distributed hot towels shortly after takeoff. Dinner started with a mixed bean salad, then a choice of beef fillet with mustard cream sauce, potato, and poached vegetables, or chicken tikka masala with coriander rice and onion pakora. I chose the chicken, which was very tasty without being too spicy. A light lemon posset hit the right note for dessert. Flight attendants were efficient and accommodating throughout the flight.
We deplaned with ease following an on-time arrival at JFK, and with no checked bags, I was through customs and immigration and on my way to the taxi line within a few minutes.
British Airways’ World Traveller Plus neatly fills the gap between economy class (World Traveller) and business class (Club World). I had no need to sleep on this early evening flight, which got me into New York at 8:55 p.m., so World Traveller Plus was an economical, yet comfortable option. The extra seven inches of pitch, compared to that found in economy class seats, made a noticeable difference in comfort.