Whilst many airlines have withdrawn international First Class altogether, it’s clear from BA’s most recent aircraft order that there is a future in the cabin for the airline. Albeit, it will have fewer seats with a smaller 8 seat cabin and operate on fewer routes.
One of the reasons why First Class has been withdrawn is that business class has adopted many of its features. BA is of course due to introduce a new Club World cabin later this year.
In advance of this, BA has announced that new bedding, amenities and dining will be introduced to its First Class cabin from Sunday 31 March 2019. As is to be expected from BA, there is an emphasis on working with British brands and manufacturers.
The new features include:
– New a la carte menus with bone china tableware designed by William Edwards (who supply many Five Star hotels), cutlery from Studio William, and Dartington glassware.
– A redesigned Afternoon Tea service.
– New foam and microfibre mattress topper and 400 thread count bedding, day blanket and bolster cushion.
– Loungewear, slippers, and amenity kit bags designed by Temperley London, with skincare products from Elemis.
– Meridian Audio headphones.
The roll-out will be complete by mid-April. This is a relatively short amount of time compared to the roll out of new catering and bedding in Club World last year.
From next year all London Heathrow long-haul routes will also be catered by Do&Co which should also be a significant improvement.
As with any change at BA, post-flight survey scores will be monitored closely to track customer reaction. Do make your views known if you receive a survey. Please see our guide to which routes operate with First Class from Gatwick and Heathrow.
Update April 2019
Here is a sample menu for First Class from 31 March 2019.