DonQui Oaty is quite excited to be flying British Airways First Class across the Atlantic. Not business class but real proper first class!
‘Will it be worth it?’ He wonders.
On arrival at London Heathrow terminal five he is whisked into the private First Class check-in with its own security screening area. With no queues DonQui thinks this is how flying should be like — no crowds and no stress.
The British Airways Concorde lounge is quite a step up from the usual business lounges.
So DonQui settles down comfortably with a glass of good Champagne and a few nibbles to await his flight in comfort.
There are some seriously excellent wines on offer and the food it pretty good too.
Without a proper kitchen on board it is never going to be haute cuisine but they make a good stab at it.
‘So is it worth it?’
DonQui’s view is that it all depends on what you pay. First class is marginally better than business class on board but the private check-in and superior lounge makes it much better. Bear in mind that these will not be available at all airports.
Having now flown across the Atlantic on every class of BA cabin, his assessment is as follows:
Economy is no better and no worse than other airlines — long queues, cramped seats and rubbish food.
Premium economy is a big step up for not that much more money. With much more spacious seating and better food it begins to turn the flight into a moderately pleasant experience.
The big advantage of business class is the flat bed seat which allows for a proper sleep. You also get lounge access and priority boarding. The problem is that the cost can be be double or more that of premium economy.
DonQui prefers to book premium economy and snap up any upgrade offers if available as a full price business class seat is probably not worth the price differential.
The First Class experience is very pleasant but it is not significantly enough of an improvement on business class to warrant the sometimes eye-watering full ticket prices. It is really only worth it is you get a really good deal, or use air miles to get an upgrade which is what DonQui did in this case.