Seattle to London, British Airways 747 Club World
We were admittedly a bit concerned when we approached SeaTac airport, as it’s one of the airports where the security lines we have noticed reached hours in wait time. Since this was a BA operated flight, we wouldn’t have any PreCheck available to us, which meant regular lines for us. Our saving grace however, as we noticed the lines WERE long but not unbearable, was that we were able to access the premium line. From luggage drop off to lounge it was about 25 minutes. All-in-all, not bad.
The lounge was pretty simplistic in design, but offered a big selection of actual food.
They had your standard cookies and coffee machines…
But they also offer a full bar…
And a selection of sandwiches and salads…
As we were about 30 minutes from boarding, the lounge was full and finding a table was a challenge. We got the last open table, and sat to enjoy our meal while everyone else headed down for boarding.
We figured that we would have at least a good 15-20 minutes of time to enjoy ourselves, as you can’t possible shove 300+ people into an airplane in 20 minutes.
We chose seats in the upper deck of the plane since it offers a more private, quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
British staggers their business class in a forward/back configuration. If you’re not travelling with a companion, this could be a bit awkward. The divider must remain down during take off and landing, and that leaves you staring right at the person in the seat next to you. So, if you’re not a social person, become one ☺.
It should be noted that the best rows to get upstairs are 62 and 64, as you don’t have to have anyone stepping over you to get the the lav. All the other rows require a bit of acrobatics and flexible leg muscles. It’s really a pretty crappy design, in the sense that there isn’t a true “direct” aisle access for passengers.
There are only 20 people seated upstairs, and you have two FA’s to attend to all 20 of the passengers. That means the service is usually quick and efficient. If you’re a couple and looking for a little privacy, sitting downstairs in the middle two seats is the best bet, as the dividers can do up on either side and you’ve got your own tiny private room.
Please note. If you’re a person of size, the bathrooms upstairs are tiny. Much like a regular coach bathroom, because of the limitations of the fuselage, they are normal sized and can get a bit cramped. The good news is that you’re still only sharing two bathrooms with 20 people. So the ratio, once again, is quite good.
The aisles upstairs are also larger, so if the attendants are in the aisle, you should be able to pass by with no problem.
Shortly after take off we were offered a glass of champagne.
And the menus and (bags) amenity kits were passed out.
For those curious about the wine selection, here’s a shot:
As you can see by this lovely couple, the divider works as follows.
For starters we were offered a salad with parmesan cheese and a choice between a salmon or tomato tartare. We chose one of each.
We both chose the beef fillet with vegetables. Although a bit dry (as is the usual standard with British beef meals) the flavor was excellent.
I chose the apple strudel cheesecake while Ben chose the cheese plate.
We reclined the seats and took a much needed 5 hour nap. We were awoken with 90 minutes go to until touchdown. Ben chose the fruit plate and I chose the bircher muesli. Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t find the pics! They must have been lost in the waking up process.
Before you know it, we were on final approach into Heathrow and taxiing into the gate. We arrived into the “A” portion of Terminal 5, and took a quick train over to the “B” portion to catch our flight to Athens.
Look… British Club World/Business class is nothing glamorous. It’s a meal, some free wine, and a flat bed. It’s comfy, but it’s not exceptional. For the price that we paid, being that it was about the same as coach, I’m not complaining. We got there safely, quickly, and more importantly, not in coach ☺
Don’t hesitate to fly British in Club World if the price is right, but don’t go out of your way to seek it out.