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May 28, 2016 / oneworld82

BA Club World is always good, but hardly great. DFW-LHR on BA J (B77W)

BA Flight 192, DFW-LHR

06:15p – 09:05a+1

Boeing 777-300 (77W)

Club World, Seat 12G

Boarding started right on time, and after picking up some cash I made my way through the priority lane to board with other business class passengers.

Boarding time

Boarding time

Once onboard I was directed to my seat – 12G – an aisle seat that fortunately had its adjacent seat empty (in fact, Club World looked about 1/3 empty on this flight). One of the things I dislike the most of BA CW is the fact that flight attendants have to climb over you to serve customers seating in the middle inner pods – a real frustration, as the dividing screen constantly goes up and down. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case on this flight.

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My seat...

My seat…

 

...and the ones next to me

…and the ones next to me

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Many people dislike BA business class seats, but I actually don’t mind them. Through, reverse herringbone seats provide more privacy, and staggered seats like JAL has are more spacious, but overall BA has a good bed, and good IFE – the two things I value the most while traveling in business class. Granted, it would be nice to have wifi to stay connected as well, so it’s good to know that BA will work on that soon.

Shortly after seating, the flight attendant assigned to my aisle came by to offer a pre-departure drink – water for me for now. Boarding took about half hour, during which I put my stuff away and read the WSJ. The BA Club World seat has all the features you need – an adjustable reading light, easy to use seat controls, touch screen… The only limited feature is storage space, as there isn’t really any place to store personal item except for the overhead bin and a small drawer at the bottom of the seat.

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After taking off, the crew started promptly to work on dinner. First, a hot towel was served, and dinner orders taken. Then, two rounds of drinks offered, together with the usual Kenyan packaged nuts (which are always good). The flight attendant serving my aisle was efficient and polite, but quite cold and robotic (does that sound British enough?).

Hot towel

Hot towel

The drinks menu read as follows:

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For a change, I decided to go with a cocktail, but since I can’t do without some champagne I opted for a Kir Royale – champagne + crème de cassis. If you have never had this drink before, it a fizzy, sweet drink, as well as one of the 60-something sanctioned cocktails by the International Barman Association – together with its poorer cousin, the Kir (just white wine instead of champagne). As I was having my drinks I started watching a movie from the good selection that BA offers (see below). I opted for Crimson Peak – an interesting (albeit confusing) love/ghost/horror story that wasn’t too memorable.

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After a couple of those, I was ready for some dinner.

As appetizer, I went for the asparagus with quail egg. There literally was one egg, and the asparagus was more like a mayonnaise-based salad, but it was tasty and not too heavy. I find BA appetizers in CW quite good overall. The salad accompanying it was fresh – so it was fine. One thing I like of BA is that, together with butter, they bring you olive oil and balsamic vinegar as well.

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Asparagus and quail egg appetizer

Asparagus and quail egg appetizer

Appetizer salad

Appetizer salad

In my last two BA flights I found the pace of the service a bit slow. I had to wait about 10 minutes with the empty plate in front of me for the flight attendant to clear it up and serve the entrée.

I opted for the salad dish, which came with a very flavorful chicken and chickpeas – very Middle Eastern and very tasty. I had a glass of the Bordeaux with my meal, but the wine was not memorable.

Chicpea salad with chicken and raita

Chicpea salad with chicken and raita

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For dessert, I decided to skip the cheese (although it’s SO hard to pass on Stilton…!) and opted for the cheesecake – it was very good, especially because it was accompanied by caramel sauce.

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After a cup of coffee, I was ready to catch some sleep (after finishing watching a couple of Big Bang Theory episodes). Like I mentioned earlier, the bed is comfortable enough if a bit narrow, and the pillow and the duvet are of good quality, making it not difficult to rest.

Seat in lie-flat position

Seat in lie-flat position

Unfortunately, for some reason I was able to sleep only for about three hours – very unfortunate considering I had to head straight to the office once landed. One of the odd things of this flight is that lights were turned on about 1h50m out of London – quite early if you ask me. As I was not sleeping anymore it wasn’t a huge issue, but I felt that the crew offered breakfast a bit too early (after all, this is not a huge service and it doesn’t take more than 20-30 minutes to be clompleted).

Anyways, I did have breakfast this time, and I went for a mini-croissant (it was ok), a smoothie (yogurt-based, very good), the usual fruit (fresh), and a bacon roll (why did they take these ones away from the Galleries lounge again…?!). I asked for a coffee as well, but this wasn’t delivered until after I had finished all my food. Fail.

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We ended up landing smoothly about 20 minutes ahead of schedule, which gave me time to take a quick stopover at the hotel for a shower before heading to the office.

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Overall, this was a good Club World flight. The biggest concern with BA business class is that the crew is a bit of hit or miss. It’s never bad or unpolite (unlike AA), but sometimes it’s very warm and personable and sometimes it’s just cold and dry (like this flight); but the food was good and the hard product was fine, so no major complaints there. BA constantly delivers a good to great business class product across the Atlantic, and I have no issue whatsoever in flying them to London whenever needed.

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