British Airways is launching a new business class – here’s how it compares to the world’s best, and SAA

British Airways has unveiled a new business class seat that will launch in October 2019 on select flights, as it prepares to roll out the class on all its A350 flights.

The new suites, under the Club Suite brand forms part of British Airways’ £6.5 billion (R124 billion) investment to improve the airline.

It reduces the other 2-4-2 seating pattern for a 1-2-1 pattern, that features privacy cubicles that can be closed or opened up to the passenger’s desires.

It has more storage room, an entertainment system (including an 18.5 inch HD screen and WiFi) and the seat can recline into 183cm x 54cm bed.

The new seats will first be available in short-haul flights on A350 aircraft on the London-Madrid route. From October 2019, they will launch on long-haul flights.

According to the airline, three A350 aircraft will join the fleet with the new class, while two Boeing 777 aircraft will be retrofitted.

Initially, these new seats will replace First Class on the A350s, but a new First Class range may be added in the future. Economy and Premium Economy classes are also due to be enhanced.

The best business class seats in the world

BA’s new business class will be competing with some of the fanciest and most luxury business class suites in the world.

In the 2018 Skytrax rankings, Qatar Airways was ranked as the number one business class airline in the world, with the number one business class seating.

This was followed by Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Japans Airlines and China Airlines.

Here is how these airlines’ seats compare in the BA equivalent (A-series) class of airlines.

Qatar Airways

Singapore Airlines

Etihad Airways

Japan Airlines

China Airlines

South Africa

South African Airways launched its new business class seats in 2017.

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British Airways is launching a new business class – here’s how it compares to the world’s best, and SAA