Don’t you just love a surprise!
The majority of British Airways business class European services are on an Airbus A321. With the business class seats on the flights being in a hybrid business/economy seat, which is a real con! I wouldn't pay for this type of business class seat at the prices they charge. However, on this occasion, I was using Qantas Frequent flyer points to get to Sweden.
I boarded the British Airways flight with the expectation that I had wasted my points on a hybrid seat. However, upon walking through the doors, my legs suddenly had a burst of excitement and almost left my torso when they were presented with a flatbed service to Stockholm. Whoo hoo!
A quick summary of my business class flight from London to Stockholm, without children on this occasion.
Flight Number: BA776 Route: London Heathrow (LHR) to Stockholm (ARL) Flight Time: 2 hours 3O mins.
Staff / Service: I’m not going to take it for granted, think it was the fact that I was flying business class that I found the two crew in servicing the business class area to be warm and friendly. One was a little over friendly, though, not going to knock the enthusiasm as there are plenty of online flight reviews which slam the BA crew for being dragons.
Meals: On this flight, we were served a full English breakfast, which was tasty and adequate. However looking at the way other airlines are presenting meals, it could be presented with a little more spark for a Business class meal. Could have got a better-presented meal at the little chef on the side of the M40.
Seat: The flat bed seat was comfortable, with buckets of room for my height of 188cm. In the upright position the seat did feel like I was seating on an air bag. However, when you placed the seat into the lounge position, the seat adjusted better and was very supportive. There was heaps of storage around the seat for all those little things you like to have close at hand.
Inflight Entertainment: The entertainment system is fantastic with an extensive range of latest movies for people to consume. However on a European flight would think you might be hard pressed to watch a full film, as my film was cut short by 20mins leaving me hanging! The only nitpick was I was not offered any headphones! I did have my own, which I kept hidden as I wanted to see if the crew offered them! Maybe its cost-cutting exercise at BA.
Overall the flight was pretty impressive, and I have to say even if the flight was a short flight compared to Australia standards. Having the extra space made a heap of difference to the way I felt when I stepped off the aircraft, no back aches or cramps.
I flew on this flight on my own terms and used Qantas Frequent Flyer Points to purchase the tickets.
All fares and taxes were paid for by ourselves on this British Airways flight. To get our connecting flight from London to Stockholm we flew to London with courtesy to Qatar Airways.
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