Yes, it’s finally happening: British Airways is bringing its latest business class and first class suites to Sydney, and they’re all about those sliding doors.
From October 30, 2022, the big long-range Boeing 777 bound for Sydney via Singapore will feature BA’s newest premium cabins.
That means eight of the evolved First suites with personal space and privacy, a 24’’ HD video screen with state-of-the-art Meridian noise-cancelling headphones from Meridian, plus creature comforts such as luxurious Alice Temperley pyjamas and Elemis amenity kits.
But the biggest win is in business class, where the dorm-like Club World business class and its forward-backward layout makes way for the modern Club Suites with sliding privacy doors, much more personal space and perhaps most importantly, direct aisle access.
That’s on top of the 18.5” video screen and, when it’s time to sleep, plush bedding from The White Company.
The Kangaroo Route is British Airways’ longest, stretching for just over 24 hours including a brief Singapore stopover, and BA Chief Customer Officer Calum Laming says he’s delighted with the upgrade.
“We have worked hard to ensure that every aspect of our First and the Club World experience exudes the very best in British style and the quality that our customers expect from us,” Laming says.
“We hope that as more customers have the chance to experience it, they'll enjoy travelling in it as much as we've enjoyed designing it.”
The first upgraded Boeing 777 departs London as BA15 on October 30, returning from Sydney as BA16 on November 1.
The Qantas Singapore Business Lounge, handily located next to the BA lounge, is a good choice for British Airways Executive Club Silver members (and their Oneworld Sapphire equivalents), while the Qantas Singapore First Lounge is an obvious go-to for Executive Club Gold members (along with Oneworld Emerald equivalents).
However, British Airways’ schedule lists BA15/BA16 returning to a Boeing 787-9 with the old Club World business class seats as of Sunday March 26, 2023 (ex-London).
Executive Traveller has contacted BA to determine if there’s any chance the Dreamliners assigned to the London-Singapore-Sydney route will be upgraded to Club Suites business class by the end of March 2023, and will update this article on the airline’s reponse.
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.