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Flight Review: British Airways Business Class

British Airways Boeing 777-200

Flight Route: BA15 Singapore to Sydney | Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 | Class: Business | Seat: 12G | Flight time: 7 hours 45 minutes

Club World Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport

Arriving at Singapore Changi Airport on a typically humid afternoon, I am eager to move through check in and into the lounge. On this occasion, it’s a win. Check in is a breeze – completed within minutes with no wait time – and then I pass through customs in the blink of an eye. The directions to British Airways’ Club World lounge are easily spotted. The lounge itself is long with two distinct food service areas, and the fridge is stocked with a wide variety of libations. It’s not busy and I happily plonk myself down for a final Tiger Beer before my flight.

Cabin

The British Airways Business Class cabin has a 2-4-2 configuration with passengers sitting head to toe. Aisle passengers (B, D, G and J) face forward; window and centre passengers (A, E, F and K) face the rear.

Seat

BA15 is an overnight flight and my bed is seat 12G, on the centre aisle. The seat is comfortable, with an easy-to-use control pad allowing me to set the seat position at the preferred point between upright and flat. The major weakness of the seat is the lack of storage space. Each seat has a draw; however, it is low to the floor and an effort to use unless you are in the upright position.

Service

No matter the airline, Business Class service should always be of a high standard, and this flight meets expectations. The attendant looking after me is polite and unobtrusive, and the cabin crew’s polished English accents give an added feel of sophistication.

Food

On this flight, dinner and breakfast are offered. After a few big days in Singapore, I still manage to relax with a couple of BrewDog Speedbird 100s, a beer specially brewed for British Airways’ 100th anniversary celebrations last year. The dinner menu caters for a variety of tastes. My entree of green pea panna cotta followed by a satisfying potato gnocchi main doesn’t leave me wanting for much more; however, I do find room for the cheeseboard. The selection included Shropshire Blue, Comté, Pont-l’Evêque (similar to Brie), grapes and peach chutney. As far as airline cheeseboards go, this is very much a winner. Breakfast is served about 90 minutes before we land and is enough to sustain me before our arrival at Kingsford Smith Airport.

Entertainment

The in-seat entertainment is easy to use and the screen size is ample, although the variety of shows is limited. That said, for an overnight trip lasting just under eight hours, there is more than enough to watch or listen to before you settle down a few hours’ shut-eye.

Highs

The cheese board is a stand-out. The cheeses are well selected and plentiful.

Lows

The lack of storage.

Our Rating

5 Stars/5 Stars

The Fine Print

Baggage: Two bags, maximum 32kg per bag.

Loyalty Program: The Executive Club.

WiFi: On selected flights, WiFi is available to purchase.

Amenities: Luxury lifestyle brand The White Company supply a small toiletries pouch with eye-mask, toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs and socks.

britishairways.com

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