British Airways World Traveller Plus Flight 179 London Heathrow – New York JFK – Review

By Eva Leonard on 16 June 2012
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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

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.

SEAT COMFORT

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.

IN-FLIGHT SERVICE

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.

 

ARRIVAL

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.

BOTTOM LINE

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.

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