Which British Airways Planes Have Club Suites?

Which British Airways Planes Have Club Suites?

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In mid-2019, British Airways introduced an all-new business class product, which represents a massive improvement compared to the carrier’s previous product. As is often the case when airlines introduce new business class seats, the challenge is actually getting a plane featuring those seats.

While the airline had at the time outlined a rollout schedule for this new product, as you’d expect, the pandemic has delayed things a bit. So in this post I wanted to take a look at the current state of British Airways’ Club Suites rollout.

What are British Airways Club Suites?

Club Suites is the name of British Airways’ new business class product. This cabin consists of reverse herringbone seats with doors — specifically, British Airways selected a modified version or the Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seat. This gives each passenger a fully flat bed, direct aisle access, and a privacy door.

This is an excellent product, among the best business class seats you’ll find out there. Read my review of British Airways Club Suites here.

New British Airways Club Suites business class

While this is objectively a solid business class product, what makes it most exciting is how much of an improvement it is over British Airways’ old Club World business class. British Airways’ previous business class product consisted of six to eight seats per row (depending on the plane and layout), and was among the tightest business class products out there.

Old British Airways Club World business class

You can always tell if your flight is scheduled to feature Club Suites based on the seatmap. If you’re flying a wide body British Airways jet and the seatmap shows four seats per row in business class, then your flight features Club Suites. Meanwhile if it shows more seats per row than that, then it doesn’t feature the new business class.

Of course keep in mind that last minute aircraft swaps can happen, especially for routes operated by planes that don’t have full product consistency.

Which planes have British Airways Club Suites?

Back in 2019, British Airways announced it planned to complete its Club Suites installation by 2025. At the time the airline shared the below graph about the rollout schedule.

Old British Airways Club Suites rollout schedule

As you’d expect, a lot has changed since then — British Airways retired the 747, the Boeing 777-9 is delayed until at least 2025, etc. So let’s take a look at the current state of British Airways introducing Club Suites.

I should mention that aside from routes operated by planes that exclusively have Club Suites, British Airways doesn’t really guarantee Club Suites on other routes. The exception is London (LHR) to New York (JFK), where the airline does consistently fly 777s with Club Suites.

All Airbus A350-1000s have Club Suites

All British Airways Airbus A350-1000s feature Club Suites. This was the first plane to feature Club Suites, and all planes have been delivered factory fresh with the new cabins. The airline has a total of 18 of these on order — most have been delivered, but a handful will still be delivered by 2023.

All British Airways A350s have Club Suites

All Boeing 787-10s have Club Suites

All British Airways Boeing 787-10s feature Club Suites, as they were all delivered with these cabins. Aside from the A350-1000, this is the only other plane to have 100% consistency when it comes to Club Suites. The airline has a total of 12 of these on order — only a few have been delivered so far, though you can expect the remaining planes to join the fleet in the next couple of years.

Most Boeing 777-200ERs have Club Suites

This is where it gets a little tricky. British Airways has 43 Boeing 777-200ERs — 28 of those are based at Heathrow Airport, while 15 of those are based at Gatwick Airport. British Airways doesn’t have plans to reconfigure the Gatwick jets anytime soon, since they operate leisure oriented routes.

So far 25 of the 28 Heathrow based 777-200ERs have Club Suites. It’s expected that the remaining three jets will be reconfigured in the coming months. So the Heathrow 777-200ERs have a high percentage of Club Suites, while the overall 777-200ER fleet has a lower percentage with Club Suites.

Most British Airways 777-200ERs have Club Suites

Most Boeing 777-300ERs have Club Suites

British Airways has 16 Boeing 777-300ERs, and nine of those feature Club Suites. It’s expected that the remaining planes will feature the new cabins by early 2023.

No Boeing 787-8s have Club Suites

British Airways has 12 Boeing 787-8s, and none of them feature Club Suites. These will likely be among the last planes to be reconfigured, so it might be 2024 or 2025 before 787s are retrofitted.

No Boeing 787-9s have Club Suites

British Airways has 18 Boeing 787-9s, and none of them feature Club Suites. These will likely be among the last planes to be reconfigured, so it might be 2024 or 2025 before 787s are retrofitted. It is expected that 787-9s will be reconfigured before 787-8s.

No British Airways 787-9s have Club Suites

No Airbus A380s have Club Suites

British Airways parked its Airbus A380 fleet at the start of the pandemic, and only recently brought these planes back to service. These planes won’t be reconfigured with Club Suites, but rather should be retired in the coming years.

Bottom line

British Airways has made good progress with rolling out its Club Suites business class product, though the airline is still quite a ways from offering this product consistently. Currently you’re guaranteed Club Suites on the A350-1000 and 787-10, you’ll most likely get Club Suites on the 777-200ER and 777-300ER, and you won’t get Club Suites on the 787-8, 787-9, and A380.

If you are flying British Airways business class, it’s definitely worth seeking out the new Club Suites product.

What’s your take on British Airways’ Club Suites rollout schedule?

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  1. AD Guest

    A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised by an aircraft change from an A380 to a 777 with club suites for a trip from Lhr to iad. I had reluctantly booked the flight expecting the old ba business class because I wanted a non-stop home and needed more aa lps to avoid even worse aa status.

    The aisles were tight but the seats were far nicer than the old business. Of course after...

    A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised by an aircraft change from an A380 to a 777 with club suites for a trip from Lhr to iad. I had reluctantly booked the flight expecting the old ba business class because I wanted a non-stop home and needed more aa lps to avoid even worse aa status.

    The aisles were tight but the seats were far nicer than the old business. Of course after an outbound in La Premiere, nothing was really going to compete. But it was definitely a big improvement over ba’s old business!

  2. Tim Guest

    It would be helpful to mention specific routes. Also the numbers on which planes have been converted seem old. When were they issued by BA as they seem the same as anarticle I read on another site in July? If they are old can you get BA to give a real time update on what is done and timing on the rest?

  3. FirstToTheLeft Guest

    Hard product roulette. Their only consistency is inconsistency. What you book is likely not what you’ll get. Its happened on virtually every US to Europe for us. Really sucks when you pay $4 grand taxes and hundreds of thousands of points for round trip 2 people biz or first. It wouldnt be as bad if biz was less taxes than first. Nope.

    1. The nice Paul Guest

      “Their only consistency is inconsistency”

      I think you’re being a bit hard. For *years*, BA was the only Western European/ North American legacy carrier with absolute J product consistency on all long-haul flights. You got a ying-yang seat with lie-flat bed. Guaranteed.

      A good brand is above all about product consistency — and BA was much better than most.

      Of course there’s product inconsistency while an airline replaces one product with another. This replacement...

      “Their only consistency is inconsistency”

      I think you’re being a bit hard. For *years*, BA was the only Western European/ North American legacy carrier with absolute J product consistency on all long-haul flights. You got a ying-yang seat with lie-flat bed. Guaranteed.

      A good brand is above all about product consistency — and BA was much better than most.

      Of course there’s product inconsistency while an airline replaces one product with another. This replacement process takes every airline years to complete. Some never manage it. But it feels to me like BA is actually going reasonably fast with this.

      I’ve had the suite a couple of times (it should have been more, but — equipment swaps…). They’re nice enough but I’m not sure I’m as enthusiastic about them as Ben. The last ying-yang window seats in every cabin offer great privacy, direct aisle access and more shoulder & foot room. I’d take those over the suites, although the suites are clearly better than all the other J seats.

      I’ve flown BA a couple of times since they restored full catering service: it’s a much nicer experience again. The Do&Co catering is really excellent now, though catering from out-stations is, as always, much more variable.

      Ground service post-Covid remains weak, though I’m finding the same on all the airlines I use (KLM in particular has badly deteriorated).

      I seem to have rambled on a bit. Apologies.

  4. Brenda Vogeltanz Guest

    Just got notice this week our PDX - LHR flights next summer are now 777’s and we have World Club Suites now

  5. Jeannine Roman Guest

    Would it be possible for you to let us know when you receive pyjamas on a flight? The items in the amenity kits are interesting, but the addition of pyjamas would be good to know.

    1. Firsttotheleft Guest

      First class you get pajamas. But more and more you have to ask for them - like they’re doing you a favor. And slippers? Oh we’re out again. Cmon man! This is supposed to be first! Now I get to stand in somebody else’s pee.

    2. glenn t Diamond

      I always take a pair of CathayPacific F ones I acquired way pre-pandemic even if I'm going HLO. Comfortable, good size (for big feet) and non-absorbent soles.
      Saved the day many times, especially lately.

  6. Pedro Guest

    Are BA’s A380 retirement plans confirmed? I hadn’t seen anything about that.

  7. Tom I Guest

    One straightforward way is to use Google flights to search. It says in the details if it is a suite or not. Basically, stay away from the A380's for now.

  8. Luke Guest

    As long as BA continues to charge their absurd taxes/surcharges on business award seats (about 750 bucks for JFK -> LHR), guess will never find out! Just booked swissair new york to Zurich in business class after buying Avianca Lifemiles at their flash sale price and total out of pocket cash paid was still less than what BA charges on such award seats BEFORE miles are applied such as 57.5k AA miles plus $750 cash outlay!

  9. Speedbird Guest

    I am almost 100% sure BA explicitly stated they plan to reconfigure their a380s and never made retirement plans for them. You sure you aren’t confusing ba and Lufthansa?

    1. Phillip Gold

      I really can’t see BA retiring the A380s for the same reason BA was the last airline with a significant 747 fleet pre-pandemic! They do very well on the specific routes they operate!

  10. Scudder Diamond

    Or just check SeatGuru. Oh, right...

  11. Alex Guest

    I have noticed Google Flights will distinguish between the two products when checking MIA-LHR business class routes the A380 is listed as "lie flat seat" whereas the 787-10 is "individual suite"

  12. JT Guest

    Jd. You can't predict the route. I am flying to LAX in late Jan. The first and second flights of the day are by 777. The first doesn't have suites, the second does. The third flight is an A380.... And so on.

    Of course, that's a day I have to take the first flight

    1. Raylan Guest

      There are also frequent equipment swaps. I had a route next year where a 777-300ER was swapped for an A380. Very little you can really do aside from luck into it unless you're traveling a couple weeks out.

  13. Jd Guest

    It would be helpful if you mention which routes have the new business class configuration....

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Jd Guest

It would be helpful if you mention which routes have the new business class configuration....

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Tom I Guest

One straightforward way is to use Google flights to search. It says in the details if it is a suite or not. Basically, stay away from the A380's for now.

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Luke Guest

As long as BA continues to charge their absurd taxes/surcharges on business award seats (about 750 bucks for JFK -> LHR), guess will never find out! Just booked swissair new york to Zurich in business class after buying Avianca Lifemiles at their flash sale price and total out of pocket cash paid was still less than what BA charges on such award seats BEFORE miles are applied such as 57.5k AA miles plus $750 cash outlay!

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