BA upgrades Sydney flights to Club Suites business class

Get ready for a vastly-improved business class experience between London and Sydney.

By David Flynn, July 25 2022
BA upgrades Sydney flights to Club Suites business class

Yes, it’s finally happening: British Airways is bringing its Club Suites business class to Sydney.

From October 30, it’s out with the dorm-like Club World business class and its forward-backward layout…

… and in with the modern Club Suites – with their 1-2-1 layout, sliding privacy doors, greater personal space and perhaps most importantly, direct aisle access – which make their debut on the daily BA15/BA16 flights between London Heathrow and Sydney.

The London-Sydney BA15/BA16 flights will be on a Boeing 777-300, which sports eight First suites ahead of the 76 Club Suites.

BA’s schedule currently shows the dedicated London-Singapore BA11/BA12 service make a return from November 6, but on a Boeing 787-9 with the older Club World seats.

The move comes almost seven months to the day after British Airways restarted the Kangaroo Route, which was suspended in the early days of the pandemic, on a Boeing 787-9 – which offers an arguably better travel experience than the dated Boeing 777, but was fitted with the widely-disliked Club World cubicles.

British Airways also reopened its Singapore lounge in May 2021, although savvy business class travellers head for the superior Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge.

The Qantas Singapore Business Lounge, handily located next to the BA lounge, is also a good choice for business class passengers and British Airways Executive Club Silver members (and their Oneworld Sapphire equivalents), while the Qantas Singapore First Lounge is an obvious go-to for BA first class and Executive Club Gold members (along with Oneworld Emerald equivalents).

BA now welcomes Aussie frequent flyers

As previously reported, BA has also reopened membership to its Executive Club frequent flyer program to residents of Australia, having pulled down the shutters on membership applications from Australia and New Zealand in 2003.

Joining British Airways Executive Club is free, and while it obviously makes sense for people who regularly travel on British Airways – either to London, or on shorter BA flights within the UK or to Europe – the BAEC scheme boasts a few advantages over Qantas Frequent Flyer.

That includes a higher serve of Tier Points (equivalent to Status Credits) even when travelling on Oneworld partner airlines such as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Finnair.

BAEC's Avios points deliver solid value for money when redeemed on flights, and the Avios you earn travelling from Australia to the UK (for example) can easily be used for quick UK or European trips.

And Avios themselves have gained new flexibility after Qatar Airways adopted Avios as the frequent flyer rewards currency of its Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty program.


19 Oct 2019

Total posts 4

The Big advantage of the Old dorm-like British Airways  Club World business class and its forward-backward layout… was Business class flights was only $6000    return sydney to london 

I guess you pay for what you get. Poor man’s business class ,but still a flat bed 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Aug 2011

Total posts 169

Excellent new, now if BA can only return the Club World on-board catering service to something resembling pre-Covid levels as well, although if you have access to the QF F lounges at SYD and SIN it's less important.

25 Jun 2018

Total posts 29

Travelled a few times on BA flights with backward/forward seating / lie flat bed and had only one problem flight; an intoxicated passenger who was a nuisance.  Principal FA moved me to ‘first’.   Lack of privacy is really a first world problem.   You don’t notice which way you are facing apart from take-off & landing and deceleration after landing is better when facing rear wards.    Changed layout to 1-2-1 will be nicer.

Article mentions advantages of BA Avios points; be aware of cancellation policy.  I lost a stack during Covid pandemic.


03 May 2013

Total posts 654

It's only a "vastly improved seat experience" ET. The aircraft and catering are both woeful for this ultra long haul sector, compared with the other 1st rate airline competition on the kangaroo route.

British Airways - Executive Club

14 Sep 2012

Total posts 2

Hopefully they finally fit wifi to all flights. I’ve done SYD LHR twice this year and only wifi on 1/4.

Crew have been good, food not but at least the price has been significantly lower than QF or SQ.

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