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British Airways is bringing its Club Suite and new First Class to Singapore from October

Daily British Airways services from Singapore to London and Sydney will sport the airline's latest cabin products from 30th October, including the new Club Suite Business Class.

British Airways has revealed a welcome change to its Singapore network, with a reintroduction of Boeing 777-300ERs from the start of the northern winter season on 30th October 2022, which will see the carrier offer daily Sydney and London flights with the latest Club Suite and new First Class cabins installed.

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The shift will also boost premium capacity on both routes, most significantly in Business Class with the larger aircraft boasting 76 flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, compared to 42 of the older Club World seats on Boeing 787-9 jets currently plying the BA15/16 service.

The schedule

British Airways currently operates a daily service from Singapore to Sydney and a daily service from Singapore to London:

  • BA15: 19:25 SIN to Sydney (787-9)
  • BA16: 22:25 SIN to London (787-9)

Both flights are operated by 216-seat Boeing 787-9s, which offer four travel classes – First, Club World (Business), World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and World Traveller (Economy).

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From 30th October 2022 the London route will gain an extra service with the reintroduction of BA11/12 flights, using Boeing 787-9s, while the existing BA15/16 services to Sydney and London will upgauge to the Boeing 777-300ER.

These larger jets still have a four-class configuration, but the good news is British Airways is using newly delivered Boeing 777-300ERs, or those retrofitted from the older configuration, on all its BA15/16 flights this upcoming winter season.

That means they will boast BA’s latest cabin products, including the direct aisle access Club Suite with closing privacy doors.

British Airways Club Suite Business Class. (Photo: British Airways)

The Singapore – Sydney schedule is shown below, with the new cabins operating on highlighted flights.

Singapore    Sydney

30th October 2022
to 25th March 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is British_Airways_small-2.png BA15
777-300ER
SIN
20:10
SYD
06:55*

* Next day

Sydney    Singapore

30th October 2022
to 25th March 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is British_Airways_small-2.png BA16
777-300ER
SYD
16:30
SIN
21:30

The Singapore – London schedule is shown below, with the new cabins operating on highlighted flights.

Singapore    London

30th October 2022
to 25th March 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is British_Airways_small-2.png BA16
777-300ER
SIN
23:05
LHR
05:15*
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is British_Airways_small-2.png BA12
787-9
SIN
23:15
LHR
05:25*

* Next day

London    Singapore

30th October 2022
to 25th March 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is British_Airways_small-2.png BA11
787-9
LHR
18:50
SIN
15:55*
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is British_Airways_small-2.png BA15
777-300ER
LHR
21:35
SIN
18:45

* Next day

This will bring BA’s weekly departing passenger capacity out of Singapore Changi to 5,068, two-thirds of the 7,469 seats it was operating from the airport pre-COVID, when a mix of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ERs was used.

In Business Class, however, BA will have restored 93% of its pre-COVID capacity with 1,358 departing seats each week compared to 1,463 before the pandemic, thanks to the significantly larger 76-seat Club Suite cabin on the airline’s latest 777-300ER fits.

New Club Suite

British Airways has opted for a heavily customised version of the Collins Aerospace ‘Elements’ Business Class seat, previously known as the ‘Super Diamond’ seat.

The new British Airways ‘Club Suite’ is the Collins Aerospace ‘Elements’ model, already used by several airlines but customised by British Airways. (Photo: British Airways)

Gone is the old 2-4-2 ‘yin-yang’ arrangement used on the older British Airways Club World cabin, in favour of direct aisle access for all passengers in a 1-2-1 layout.

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Although the product is also widely used by Qatar Airways (the model predating the Qsuite, see our review), China Airlines, Air Canada and American Airlines among others, British Airways was the first airline to install a privacy door at each seat.

Each ‘Club Suite’ features a closing privacy door. (Photo: British Airways)

Indeed BA was the first airline in Europe to install seats with individual doors in Business Class.

It’s certainly a far cry from BA’s existing Club World Business Class product, which has been flying on the Singapore route for many years now.

British Airways Club World Business Class. (Photo: British Airways)

Do note that the privacy door at each Club Suite seat is only 115cm tall, around chest-height, so passengers and crew walking past your seat can still see inside, even with the door closed.

Privacy doors in Club Suite are 115cm tall. (Photo: British Airways)

Privacy from the door when closed is perhaps best enjoyed with the seat in bed mode, where you’ll also have a 79in (6ft 7in) flat surface to stretch out and enjoy bedding from The White Company.

Club Suite in bed mode. (Photo: British Airways)

A privacy screen between the two middle seats allows you to completely enclose yourself in your own suite if you are sitting next to a stranger, so unless you’re a die-hard window seat fan there are really no bad options in this cabin.

A privacy screen slides across the gap between the middle seat pair. (Photo: British Airways)

See this review of the new product on a flight from Toronto to London.

Business Class gets a big capacity increase on the newer Boeing 777-300ERs, from 56 seats previously to 76 in the newer fit.

The large cabin is split across three sections.

(Image: aeroLOPA)

The best of these is surely the favourable three-row mini-cabin directly behind First Class, which is likely to be the quietest most intimate option, with low foot traffic. Pick a seat in rows 5, 6 or 7 to benefit, though do note row 7 has a missing window.

New First Class

BA’s new First Class cabin on the Boeing 777-300ER has just eight seats across two rows in a 1-2-1 configuration, a significant drop from the 14 seats installed on the aircraft previously.

(Image: aeroLOPA)

With Business Class now a closed suite, First Class stood out as still lacking in privacy, so in BA’s latest design doors have been added to these seats too in the carrier’s newly configured Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

British Airways new Boeing 777-300ER First Class. (Photo: British Airways)

It’s nothing revolutionary – the same seat complete with 23″ HD IFE screen is already installed on the carrier’s Boeing 787-9s, but the addition of the doors is currently unique to these new and refitted jets.

British Airways new Boeing 777-300ER First Class. (Photo: The Luxury Traveller)

Redemption rates

You can redeem award seats on British Airways flights using any oneworld airline’s frequent flyer currency, with some examples for flights departing from Singapore shown below.

British Airways award redemptions to/from Singapore
(one-way)
FFP Sydney London
First Club Suite First Club Suite
BA 68,000*
80,000**
50,000*
60,000**
119,000*
140,000**
87,500*
105,000**
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AAtrans.png 50,000 40,000 90,000 75,000
Asia.png 87,000 61,000 110,000 70,000
QFF 107,700 75,000 149,800 104,500

* Off-peak dates (calendar)
** Peak dates (calendar)

American Airlines’ AAdvantage miles programme typically offers the best value, though most of our readers unfortunately don’t hold a balance, since the scheme has no credit card transfer partners in Singapore.

For BA’s London flights it’s Asia Miles which represents the best deal in Club Suites at 70,000 miles one-way.