radelow
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BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:40 am

Those of you who have flown on the new BA Club World, did you find the new seats to be a little skinny? Judging from photos and such they look quite skinny compared to the old cradle seats or Virgin's new Upper Class. Anyway, just wanted some opinions!

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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:33 am

Yes they are narrower than the two VS seats that you mentioned. If you are at all considering taking a flight I would use VS if they fly the routing. Make sure though that the new flat beds are on. I don't care much for the old J200 seats
 
planelymad
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 9:12 am

They are narrow and the join between the cushions makes them uncomfortable when flat. having said that, plase a couple of cushions in the right place and you'll get a better night's sleep than in most business class seats! The backward facing ones are a really novel way to fly.

Take a look at seatguru.com for excellent seating info.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:11 am

No complaints here. I think it's fabulous. Plus they're always so obliging with booze and trashy British magazines. I love Club World on the 777.
 
ba97
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:40 am

Yup. They are narrower than many seats. The cushion spacing is not perfect but I have found LH First Class worse. That said. I love the set up-and yes flying backwards is outstanding.
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:50 am

ive gotten into arguments about this before, i dont particulaly like the new BA Club World.

I think the seat is too narrow and not nearly as comfortable as the cradle world seat.

In addition, if you are facing towrads the tail and you recline to 180 your head is slightly above your feet and vicky versa when facing the nose.

i slightly prefer the VS J2000 seat over the BA Club World flat bed.
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:02 pm

No complaints at all for the BA club seats. They are very comfortable, and although narrow-ish you get a good nights sleep. Although 8 abreast in theory, the seat is wider than expected as the seats face each other, with the leg area being narrower than the seating space.

Oh, and its a great experience to take off sitting backwards!
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:35 pm

Well, the seat width wasn't a problem for me on the first flight I took in Club World. But, the cushioning felt as hard as a rock when folded flat. Still, considering I had never done it before, had nothing to compare it to, and don't sleep too well on airliners anyway, what do I know.  Smile In the sitting position it felt fine and yes, flying backwards was a lot of fun.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:55 pm

I tried both cradle seat and flat bed and I like a lot the flat bed flying backwards. Talking about the flat bed seat is more narrow, I didn't noticed big differences between the two seats.
In the flat bed you just need to find the right position to sleep, especially if you are bigger than 1.8 meters.
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:02 pm


Also, the 744 feels much roomier than the 772, even tho the seats are technically the same size - I think the cabin isn't quite as wide on the 772.

The upper deck on the 744 feels even better... plus you have the room to your side where the storage bins are.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:46 pm

Although pictures of the new Club cabin can make the seats appear narrow and the layout a little cluttered, there is no such feeling when travelling in the cabin. The beds are very comfortable and ideal for sleeping, offering a generous amount of personal space. To me they seem just as wide as the cradle seats, though I tend to go for the 744 upper deck.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:48 pm

The Club World Flat Bed is a fantastic product. Just great. Fantastically comfy as a seat or as a bed.

That the seats are narrower than a Cradle Seat is an urban myth. They are exactly the same width as the Cradle seat... it is a great use of space, because the design eliminates the wasted space around the feet, so you can get 8 abreast with half forward half backward with the same room at the hips as 7 abreast all facing forward.
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:55 pm

Can't understand how anyone prefers the cradle seats - how can you sleep overnight in a sitting position??

All credit to BA for introducing the first lie flat beds, which many airlines still haven't done. And all credit to Virgin for introducing a comfortable version - even though I haven't tried them the mattress looks much better than the thin hard BA cushions.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:20 pm

I slept for 7 hours overnight in a BA World Traveller seat from CPT-LHR in March this year.

I also slept for 5 hours overnight in an AA B777 Economy seat JFK-LHR in May this year.

A bit of food and some wine (no medication) does send me to sleep.

I think with all the money saved I will fly BA First LON-SYD one day.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:32 pm

BA and Virgin are the only airlines to offer fully flat (i.e. horizontal) seats in business class. The BA seat is skinnyish, but the (patented) face forward/backwards design facilitated getting the bed. In general, regular fliers would rather have BA over any other business class seat (although the VS UCS is as good, some say better). The actual product delivery is obviously more personal i.e. you are either more Virgin or BA. BA are also addressing the hardness of the cushions.

The reason that BA and VS are such innovators in the cabin is because they are, essentially, two incumbents competing against each other which most other carriers, certainly in Europe, have not had to face. That's why VS introduced the UCS - nobody wanted to fly on the J2000. You had to be in embryo position to get even half comfortable.

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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:20 am

ANA
to be fair, Air New Zealand are introducing fully flat 180 degree as well now (the exact same product as VS). But you are right - I am not aware of any other airline to offer flat 180 seats in J
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:26 am

The BA Club World Seat is innovative, but more than a few passengers have commented on that the seat is rather narrow.....some of the comments have to do with the illusion of space, being that BA uses an 8 abreast arrangement on the 744 Club World main cabin set up, passengers automatically think that the seat is narrower since most business class pax are used to 6 or sometimes 7 abreast layouts in business class and the 8 accross layout is a bit of a surprise. Also, the not everyone seems to like the forward/backward setup of the Club World Cabin - some pax just dont like the idea of sitting backward. There is no right or wrong, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, especially premium passengers paying premium air fares. Although the new Club World sleeper seat can be deemed a success by most standards (passenges especially like the sleeper seat on longer overnight flights for obvious reasons), I would not be surpirsed that if BA, when it re-invents Club World the next time around in a few years, made some changes to address the issue of seat width and maybe go back to all forward facing seats.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 2:07 am

ANA & BA380

SAA have J-class flatbeds in their A343's and A346's. According to airlinequality.com SAA also has the world's most comfortable J-class flatbed seats.

http://www.flatseats.com/Reviews/flat-bed-biz.htm

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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 11:52 am

Sa7700 They lie! VS is the most comfortable. I have flown all 3

BA380 - Well what can I say about your constant praise of BA and its product. You must either be Rod or Lord Marshall.

NZ flat bed will be the same as VS' for one simple reason, VS sold the patent of their flat bed to NZ for quite a tidy sum, i understand.

Listen up folks - if you want a truly comfortable fully flat bed and seat. Try VS new seats.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:14 pm

As a BA employee, I am partial to my company's Club brand. But, I had the recent experience of flying the new VS Upper Class the other day on a business trip (the BA flights were very over sold, to the VS team were kind enough to take care of several of us). The seat is very comfortable, whether you eating, working or sleeping. It has a great softness to it that makes sleeping very easy.

But the only real problem that I had was the overall 'feel' of the cabin. The way the seats are situated, it felt as if it was a hospital ward, or something of that nature. I can't say that it was bad, but just odd. Not really inviting.

Overall, I think both carriers offer a great J product to/from the US. It all comes down to personal style.
 
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 3:55 pm

Aerofan

And that would be your personal opinion as opposed to the opinion of a panel of judges?  Big grin

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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 4:42 pm

I have flown both the BA and VS UCS. In my opinion, the BA seating and product is superior, but both rank amongst the best business class services anywhere.

My biggest VS complaint is that I didn't like the way the VS seats are angled away from the windows.

Never got the hospital ward impression from the cabin, but I know what you mean... lines of beds!







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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:58 pm

I've just got to try the UCS yesterday. The sleeping side is excellent, although you have to make an active decision to go to sleep i.e. stand up, pick up your belongings, get the bed made etc.

I totally agree about the cabin feel. It's odd, but the aim was to make it an all-inclusive flying-together experience. And it kind of is - if that's what you like.

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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:27 pm

ANA... agree about the getting the bed made annoyance... I'm someone who will doze for an hour, wake up for an hour, etc. On VS all I could do was sleep, especially since the only solus of looking out the window is impossible.
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:30 pm

Aerofan

hee hee - I am neither, just an enthusiastic BA customer. Just because someone is enthusiastic does not mean they are biased...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: BA Club World Seat Narrow?

Thu Sep 16, 2004 4:23 am

Not flown the BA NCW, but have done VS UCS & VS J2000.

Two often overlooked factors of VS UCS is that every seat has aisle access - no more clambering over someone else's feet to get out of bed/or someone clambering over yours.

the other is that, whilst eating, the whole table can be pushed back - complete with contents on - to enable aisle access - this means you can stretch your legs, or visit the WC whenever you want - you could not do this with J2000 - not sure about NCW though?

Rich (with VS bias  Big grin )