in2flying
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The British Air First Class Experience

Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:10 pm

Hello,

thanks to a ton of points I've saved up, I'm super pumped to taking my first BA flight from EWR to LHR. The bonus is I get to do it first class. Can anyone tell me anything about the EWR BA lounge , if flying their 777 is a step down from their 747? Is the wifi available and dependable? Everything I've read tells me British Air is one of the best first class experiences.

Also I have to head over to Gatwick after I land so I was curious if I can utilize the BA lounge there while I wait for my Flybe flight several hours later?

Any input would be helpful. Overall just real excited. Ty!
 
jetblast
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:31 pm

Hello-
The Newark BA lounge was just reopened a week or two ago following renovation so I think you will enjoy it. I have not yet been there myself but the photos look brilliant.

If you call You First (BA helpline only for First passengers) a few days out they should be able to tell you whether or not your aircraft will have the old or new First product as we are in the midst of finishing the new First conversions. Their contact information is here-
http://www.britishairways.com/travel/youfirst/public/en_gb
Either way, the F experience is generally no different to me on a 747 or 777. The only difference will be if you have the old or new F product.

There is no wifi on board however it can be accessed in the lounge.

As for the last question about the LGW lounge I have no idea to be honest! That may be an inquiry for the You First team as well.

Hope you enjoy your flight with us....
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BrianDromey
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:54 pm

You might be better to ask all these questions over on the flyertalk forums. There is a specific BA forum and those guys are a wealth of information.
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:14 pm

Quoting In2flying (Thread starter):

There is also a nice TR by member Airlineanorak in the TR section a few weeks back  
 
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:17 pm

Top tip...


Don't call it British Air!!! BA staff are very sensitive about correctly calling the company British Airways!
 
in2flying
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:17 pm

Thanks everyone for the input. Not that its a huge deal ( fantasy football draft ) but I'm shocked that there is no Wi-Fi esp in first class. And from now on I will refer to it only as British Airways  
 
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:33 pm

Quoting planefixer (Reply 4):
Top tip...

Don't call it British Air!!! BA staff are very sensitive about correctly calling the company British Airways!

I think he's been watching 'Come Fly with Me'. It's the airline in the series that carries the lovely Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.   

For the OP, it's not a real airline.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:12 am

I've penned a few BA First trip reports over the years, many of them on the US East Coast-UK routes, so you should be able to find them easily on the trip report forum. IMO First is a dependable product although from EWR you may or may not get the new seats. Since first getting the new seats in October 2010 I've only experienced the old ones on 1/16 flights between the US East Coast and LHR, although my IAD-LHR flight two weeks ago was one of the aircraft with the tiny PTVs to boot! Luckily you now get iPads if you end up on those aircraft.

I think the new product works better on the 777 than the 747 although the difference is quite marginal. Being in the nose of the 747 is a good laugh.

I feel BA have really upped their game on the food and beverage front lately. On my flight last week they featured some really excellent food (the Olympic theme chocolate dessert was so spectacular I had two!)

You won't be able to access the BA lounge at LGW before your flybe flight. But do contact the YouFirst concierge and pre-book your spa appointment before your LHR-EWR flight.
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in2flying
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:53 am

That was a great reply FBG, thank you. Could you please elaborate on why I won't be able to utilize the LGW lounge? And great info on the spa appointment! Have a great day.
 
Baexecutive
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:58 pm

You won't be able to use the BA LGW lounge as you aren't flying out of LGW with BA.
 
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:12 am

Quoting planefixer (Reply 4):
Don't call it British Air!!! BA staff are very sensitive about correctly calling the company British Airways!

Americans often used to walk up to the British Midland check-in desks in MAN and ask where to check in for 'British'. Usually they were looking for BA but I'm sure they got some interesting responses from the BD staff!
 
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:52 pm

Are there any features of the old BA First Class which travellers miss? I've heard that the new FC, despite being overall a better product, has a rather industrial feel and has lost some of the refinement and exclusivity of the old FC.
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fbgdavidson
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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:13 am

Quoting icanfly (Reply 11):
Are there any features of the old BA First Class which travellers miss?

The only thing I miss is the footrest that moves independently. The NF control is just one large knob, see below.

The only other things I can I miss is the personal space in row 1 on the 747 and in the window seats...it feels rather cozy up there in New First but in OF it was certainly possible for your buddy to dine without feeling too uncomfortable. On the old confugrations the further back you were sat the more personal shelf space you had but this has largely been eliminated. At the beginning of the year I was on a 747 flight in 5A and it felt little different to any of the other rows in terms of space, and on my flight a few weeks back, despite having run of the cabin the wife and I opted for row 2 in place of row 1.

I summed up my thoughts after my first trip in NF (on the 777 back in autumn 2010) in a trip report:

Pros:
-Beautiful colour scheme and décor, quite stunning in fact.
-More space around the seat for items, more efficient use of space
-Wider in the shoulder area.
-Wardrobe with useful shoe storing area. Whilst the wardrobe isn’t big enough for heavy coats it should manage a trousers, shirt and sweater combo quite nicely, although there is only one built in hanger!
-Buddy isn’t wedged in to tiny space anymore, so a lot more room for those who sleep with their head at the feet end like me!
-Middle seats have more privacy and useful storage area than previous
-The bigger screen, with ability to run map side by side with entertainment and
-Ability to charge via USB and normal power plug finally!

Cons:
-The seat moves either up or down with one control. With the old version you could independently move the footrest, not an option any more, a pity as it was really useful.
-There seems to be less privacy around the head area, the tradeoff for my shoulder room, not that you feel exposed or anything.
-The low resolution entertainment system needs to be upgraded for the benefit of the big TVs.
-Looking out the window is now harder, not only because of one less window but because of the extra screen protecting the blind.


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RE: The British Air First Class Experience

Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:24 am

Add to the Pro's the new table....the original one wouldn't look out of place in a caravan!

I also like the fact the blinds can be raised/lowered at the touch of a button rather than each one having to be manually operated.

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