BAxMAN From St. Helena, joined May 2004, 671 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
Club Europe is in no way comparable to Club World. The NCE flights will be a 2-3 configuration of approximately 12 rows. The one thing you will want to avoid is getting a middle seat in business class!
The seat is not that different to a regular economy seat. Perhaps a smidgen of extra leg room although headrest will most likely have a little cover proudly saying 'Club Europe'. The main benefit of flying Club Europe is the lounge access (although I don't think you will get this at NCE itself as it is one the rogue destinations that allows lounge access based on status only - I think) and tier points/mileage if you were that way inclined. You will also get a meal of sorts as well. I assume you're booked on BA343 so you should get a decent breakfast. A curtain should protect you from the bad breath eminating from the economy crowd.
Intra-European business class travel on all airlines is not the glamorous form of travel it once was. But 'tis only a short flight of a couple of hours or so, so should be quite tolerable.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2918 times:
I've flown the 757 in CE a few times and it isn't bad but not what you'd expect if you are experienced with domestic F within the US/Canada.
The seating is 3-3 in Economy with convertible seating that transforms into 2-3 in CE. The A-C side is preferable as it a little wider than the D/E/F side and has a mini seat between the two that is useful for newspapers and little tit bits.
Quoting BAxMAN (Reply 1): The main benefit of flying Club Europe is the lounge access (although I don't think you will get this at NCE itself as it is one the rogue destinations that allows lounge access based on status only - I think)
NCE has changed. Those in CE can now request an invitation at check-in. BA uses the Club Riviera lounge.
Also something that is critical to CE is Zone R at LHR Terminal 1. When you get to the terminal look for Zone R. It is outside the main check-in area and on the walkway to Terminal 2. It has it's own security line and greatly enhances the CE experience, you end up in the middle of a duty free store a minute or so from the Lounge Pavilion.
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Vega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2574 times:
I remember a few years ago flying BA Club 777 to LHR and then connecting to the 757 CE to ATH. It was my first experience with a relatively long haul CE and I was quite disappointed when entering the cabin. For a brief moment I though I was on the wrong aircraft - "where are the business class seats - maybe in the back?". Nope, they indeed were in the front - 6 across with a fold down middle table in the center seat. I wondered why anyone would pay for such an upgrade - and really still do. However as previously mentioned, the value is in the service and Club access. You really do get the typical Club service food and pampering. I remember inquiring as to why BA (and others) used this type of configuration. The answer: the airline can adjust the seating configuration of an aircraft to add/subtract seats, even at the last moment, by simply moving the separator (curtain) and flipping up/down the center table. Economically a great idea for the company, but in my view, not worth the $ for the customer. Incidentally, the BA web site now shows the 757 CE seating as 2-3, with the same seats/pitch as Economy but a wider center aisle. So maybe there have been a few changes since my 757 flight.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7834 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2524 times:
BA 752s are configured with 30 rows of passenger seats. The front 21 rows have a 34" pitch. The rear 9 rows a 32" pitch.
The seats in the front 21 rows are upholstered in leather and can be quickly converted (by the aircraft cleaning staff at turnaround) from a 3-3 (Economy) configuration to a 2-3 (Club Europe) configuration. So the cabin for an individual flight may be configured between the limits of a single (Economy) class cabin for 180 passengers and a twin class (Club Europe / Economy) with a maximum of 105 CE and a minimum of 54 E seats.
The best seats are rows A-C (as explained by Fbgdavidson above) when you are flying Club Europe and up to row 21 if you are flying Economy.
Every flight is likely to have the cabin configured differently to the previous flight!