I have never flown British Airways so I cannot offer an opinion, as I cannot have an opinion on something I don't personally know.
However, as I am curious about flying BA Club World, I can understand where some of the perceptions, observations, photos, and travel experiences based on what I read here via fellow a.net members come from.
Here are my questions:
+ If BA can/does sell many J seats in general, do they price less than their competitors overall due to the high-capacity configurations of Club World?
+ The limited personal storage space within the seat area seems to be a common observation/complaint of most. What are the overhead storage bin capabilities like for the high number of J passengers? Is there a higher cabin baggage allowance for Club World passengers?
+ East Coast USA - London no dinner service onboard? With only breakfast, is this morning meal a substantial offering? What is available for connecting passengers with short-transfers that don't have time to have dinner on the ground? What about passengers doing a day of business on the ground and then proceeding to the airport with no time for dinner? Let's say a Club World Passenger does a full-day of business in New York, leaves the office around 1700 and proceeds to JFK/Newark without a meal. If there isn't any extra Galleries Lounge dining time before this flight and he/she has just enough time for check-in/security/boarding, what happens then?
I don't know about you, but I cannot sleep if I am hungry. I have been a connecting passenger a few times via JFK and EWR to Europe and was grateful for dinner and breakfast due to short-transfer times and flight delays. I've always kept healthy snacks with me AT ALL TIMES in my carry-on as a common-sense precaution in the event of a catering strike, for example.
+ Once the J ticket is purchased, is/will there be an option to request/reserve a dinner onboard via BA.com for example?
+ What is the seat-width like for a broad-shouldered gent like me? I'm also 6'2" (188cm) in height; is the length of the seat/bed sufficient?
+ Even with the mentioned drawdown of inflight services/amenities, is Club World worthy of the quoted prices for the seat alone (hard-product) versus World Traveller Plus?
BA prices are in line with the competition
Most moaners don't fly the seat they just join the bandwagon. So some points in its favour: 1. It is a VERY comfortable flat bed 2. No feet or legs underneath the seat in front of you or stuck out in the aisle 3. 55% of Club World seats DO have direct aisle access.
Overhead storage bins on the main deck are HUGE. Upper deck are more limited but window seats have extensive side cupboards.
Sleeper Service already exists for certain routes IN CLUB where in lounge dining room facilities exist and where demand requires. The reason people want flat beds on flights is to sleep - so the idea is to encourage dining on the ground So to maximise sleep. It is NOT about saving money as you can still have a 3 course dinner on board but with somewhat reduced options. Not sure they mean to take away the onboard offer but it would mean investment in bigger lounges (if taken at face value) at some outstations, to accommodate up to 86 seats in a dining room layout.
Seat is wide about the shoulders but a bit snug in seat position around the hips, fine as a bed.
If you have status with Oneworld and can get lounge access then a premium economy seat is not a bad experience at all in the upgraded seat on the Super Hi 747, 788/789/773/380. Much cheaper ticket price too. But if you need the sleep and the ticket price is right its a no brainer to fly Club
It is certainly right that it gets an update/new seat. BUt as I have said before, this seat was the vanguard of the J class flat bed revolution. It deserves some respect for what it has achieved!