British Airways New First Class in 360 Degree VR (787-9)
BA brings first class to, well, first class on their 787-9
Just got back from a trip where I flew both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways 787-9, which also accounted for my first two flights on that aircraft. Before I post a full review of these flights I wanted to share these two VR shots of the BA first class cabin and my seat (1K) since I finally figured out how to upload them here.
I have historically been pretty hard on British Airways first class, and while I would like to see some more improvements to make it feel more like a traditional suite, I have to say that I really like this new seat design from them. Some details feel a bit like an incremental improvement, but the seats are both stylish and comfortable as you can see below.
Perhaps my biggest gripe with BA F is that it feels like there are a bazillion seats in their 777 and 747 F cabins when compared to other airlines (Cathay, Emirates, Singapore, Thai, Korean, Lufthansa, etc…), even United!! Fortunately, they seem to have fixed that issue on the 787-9, which I was glad to see after they first announced the updated cabin to be delivered on their 787-9 orders. Sure enough, this flight ended up feeling like a proper first class experience and less like a business class one. I sound like a horrible seat snob, I know, but the reality is that when you spend those extra points/miles/dollars to get into first, you want to feel like it was worthwhile, and part of that includes a small, private cabin with what feels like attentive if not individualized service IMHO.
Anyway, I’ll have more on the experience in a longer seat review next week, but for now check out the 360 VR views I captured before other people boarded. Just click and drag to move around, and use the scrollbar on your mouse to zoom.