British Airways Club World Business Class London Heathrow – Seattle-Tacoma – Flight Review

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The author's seat

The author’s seat

SEAT COMFORT

There are two Club World (CW) cabins aboard the 747-400; one on each deck. The main cabin is configured in a 2-4-2 layout that seats 32, while the upper deck seats only 20 in a considerably more private 2-2 configuration. Each seat is 20” wide and has a 72” pitch.

The memory foam seat has all of the expected features: push-button seat controls, fold-down table, adjustable reading light, tethered inflight-entertainment (IFE) control, 10.4” swing-out touch-screen TV, universal power outlet, one USB charging port, and a large pull-out storage tray. Being on the upper deck, with its sloping cabin sidewalls, the space between the seat and window is put to good use with storage lockers, making up for the smaller overhead bins.

Club World also exhibits a handful of curiosities. As a result of the carrier’s yin yang style of seating in business class, 64A, along with all of the business class window seats, faces backwards. Aft-facing seats also lack direct aisle access, with passengers having to step over adjacent passengers’ legs, while a center privacy divider provides privacy inflight, it is lowered during takeoff and landing subjecting neighboring passengers into a face-to-face arrangement.

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Arguably, 64A is one of the best seats on the plane. First, it being a bulkhead seat behind the stairwell, the seat has direct access to the aisle: no straddle of shame. Second, being situated by the bulkhead, it provides much more legroom despite the pitch remaining the same. This gives it an intensely private atmosphere, as it feels isolated from the rest of the cabin in an already private space.

Feeling tired, I reclined the seat into the full flat position and enjoyed a refreshing three-hour nap.

IN-FLIGHT SERVICE

The first of two meal services began 45 minutes after departure. Beverages came first, and I chose a glass of chilled still water with lemon and a Baileys. An appetizer of hazelnut and herb-crusted goat cheese with celeriac, kohlrabi, and rosemary compress apple complemented a seasonal salad with beets and roasted seeds.

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