ualflyer
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BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:14 am

ualflyer here. I'm flying BA club world from LAX-LHR. Is Club world really as nice as they say it is. One more thing, should I check-in online?
 
SafetyDude
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:20 am

Club World is very nice on that flight. I suggest that you read some trip reports in the "Trip Reports" forum which should give you a better idea of the service.

I am not sure if you can check-in online for that segment, perhaps someone can clarify that, but if you have a good seat selection, there is really no need.

Enjoy your flight.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

-Will
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jasepl
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:23 am

I'm not sure what great things you have heads about Club World, but it is indeed very good. It is way better than many airlines' First product, if you ask me. And yes, you can check in online (24 hours before flight time if you're an EC member; 12 if not) and I'd recommending snagging the upper deck. It's much better than the main downstairs cabin and there's no through traffic...

Just make sure you get an aisle seat.

[Edited 2004-08-07 21:38:48]
 
madness
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:29 am

BA Service is very good though I do recommend you eat before you fly if your on the red eye, and you can sleep all night,that is the there so you can sleep as long as you like and wake up to a nice breakfast.

On-line checking is fantastic you can choose your seat and don't have to queue with every one else just go to the fast bag drop desk.

Enjoy your trip.
 
carduelis
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World?

Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:32 am

It will be interesting to see your report. Personally, I prefer the reasonably comfortable old cradle seat to those cramped sardine-style, packed head to tail seats, in an eight-across configuration. Terrible, and most awkward to use and adjust without disturbing you neighbour. Whilst the seat may be acceptable to sit in, trying to lay down and get some sleep was impossible on my transatlantic trip! As I say it will be interesting to hear your views!


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madness
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:54 am

Since when has biz class been 10 across?

club world is not the crappy bit down the back its a good seat in the middle between first & ecy.
 
jamotcx
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:13 am

I have to agree with Carduelis, bring back the cradle seats!!!

Well as I never seem to be able to sleep on planes, and just sit in a reclined position reading or watching a dvd or listening to music with a nice drink in my hand, these new club world seats are no where near as good as the old cradle ones.


Jamo
 
ghsweusa
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:18 am

I have only flown business class on BA so far so I don't have anything to compare it with. I really like it though and specially if you can get a seat on the upper deck. It's a very nice a calm environment.
 
GBOAC
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:25 am

Jamotcx - sorry, I disagree. I love the NCW seats. The old Cradle ones were very nice, but NCW is a different (better!) world IMHO. I love being able to lie almost flat/much more reclined with my legs stretched onto the footstool and watch movies with a glass of something. Or sleep fully flat. Maybe I just fit the seat nicely, I'm not much over 6 foot  Smile Since NCW has been introduced the standard of catering in J has gone down a little (again IMHO) which does detract slightly from the overall experience (i.e. I have fond memories of Cradle Seat flights too).

Ualflyer - yes, I think it's as nice as most people say! Enjoy your trip (and do check-in on-line if you can; as has been pointed out, the upper deck is much better to fly on - I'd personally recommend 64A/K). Although Madness recommends eating before you fly, beware there's no lounge dining at LAX like there is on some routes (mostly East Coast and Sleeper flights).

Phil
 
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:01 am

For all those who have flown BA's New Club World, I am planning on flying it next summer and had some questions.

I know that the seats alternate backward facing/forward. Which are the backward seats, the window or the aisle?

Also, I know that the beds lie flat, so does that mean that if you are sitting in the window seat, and the person in the aisle fully reclines, that you are locked in?

Thanks in advance for any help
Chris
 
shankly
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 8:22 am

Chris

The window seats face backwards

In terms of getting blocked in, it is actually the forward facing seat of the row behind that you need to be careful transitting in the middle of the night!
L1011 - P F M
 
carduelis
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 8:26 am

From memory, the window seats are rear facing, even upstairs.

I sat in the middle four and it was virtually impossible to get the footrest into position - the stewardess had to do it for me! There was an extremely fragile glass holder included in the cramped position, which held my glass for a minute or two before dropping it into the melee that was all the torture chamber around my feet. It was impossible to pick up the glass. Quite frankly, I feel that BA's WT+ is far superior. NCW is like being locked into a most uncomfortable 'electric' chair. Yes, you have the controls, but that's about it!


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kzba
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Sun Aug 08, 2004 9:19 am

'A' and 'K' (window seats), as well as 'E' and 'F' (center seats) face rewards. 'B', 'D', 'G' and 'J' (all aisle seats) face forwards. If you are flying alone, the best seats are:

777s: 15A and 15K as they are at the end of the cabin, so there isn't anyone to obstruct you from getting out. It's like having a window and aisle seat in one. And, you still get the added room near the window. If you still want a traditional aisle seat, go for 10B, 10D, 10G or 10J. You won't have anyone from the window seat stepping over you.

747s (large business cabin): 14A and 14K or 20A and 20K or even better on the upper deck at 64A or 64K. Same as above, nobody to climb over to get out. The best aisle seats are 12B, 12D, 12G, 12J or 17B, 17D, 17G, 17J or on the upper deck of 60B or 60J.

747s (small business cabin): 14A and 14K or 64A and 64K. Aisle seat are best at 12B, 12D, 12G, 12J or 60B and 60J.

If you are traveling with someone, I do love having the 'E' and 'F' seats. You are both facing rewards and it seems pretty cozy. Just make sure you like the person you are flying with. Enjoy your trip!
 
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:17 am

My wife flew back and forth over the pond this week on the upper deck. She loved it, and said she would have slept more if she hadn't been so absorbed by "The Da Vinci Code"...
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - John Ringo
 
NWA757
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:24 am

All of British Airways' classes are amazing!! Check them out Smile Smile
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jasepl
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Mon Aug 09, 2004 3:19 am

All of British Airways' classes are amazing!!

Economy
BA's economy if far from amazing. Yes, they do have PTVs, but they're smaller than my palm and a strain on your eyes. Lots of other airlines also have PTVs, so its not a feature unique to BA. Other than that, BA's economy product is average at best.

WT +
Haven't tried, so shouldn't comment.

Club
This is probably BA's star product. I don't think anyone comes close to BA's business class and they easily win this one hands down. It's probably their biggest money spinner as well.

First
BA's First is great, no doubt. But with such a brilliant Club World, not followed-up with any significant improvement in First, is it now redundant? I mean why pay so much more when you're going to get almost the same as the Club pax?
 
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RE: BA's Fabulous Club World

Mon Aug 09, 2004 5:28 pm

BA Club World is a world class product. It has revolutionised the industry, which is why everyone is scrambling to intriduce copycat versions. BA is still the best product, though: a fully-flat bed (not angled) which only the fewest competitors have.

By all means use the online check-in - it will get you a better seat.

I agree with KZBA - I always go for 12D or G or 17 D or G on the 744 as it is the front row and you have extra space behind the neighbour's seat to put your bag etc.

Carduelis - what on earth do you mean about lack of access from window seats? It is vastly better in CW Flat Beds than with the Cradle Seats: When the cradle seat was reclined and the person in front also had their seat reclined, it was at least as difficult if not more so to exit from the window as before.

In terms of comfort, I would much prefer a bed to a chair for sleeping in....

cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...

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