This British Airways First Class 747 Review is one of my several reviews of British Airways First Class; see all posts tagged British Airways, or for other airline first class and business class reviews, see my Airline Reviews. Since I recently reviewed British Airways First Class 747 from New York JFK to London LHR, please see that review for my thoughts on the first class cabin, seat selection, first class seat, first class pajamas, and amenity kit. This review will focus on the rest of my in-flight experience, including service, food and dining, and sleep quality.
British Airways First Class Boarding and Seat 2A
Unfortunately, unlike Etihad and Emirates, which offer boarding from their lounges at their hubs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively, and even from some of their other lounges, such as the Emirates Lounge at New York JFK and the Etihad Lounge at Washington Dulles, British Airways does not offer boarding from the Concorde Room lounge or its other lounges. And since boarding is not announced, be sure to allow enough time to get to your gate.
Since I was working and didn't get to the gate when first class boarding was first announced, by the time I got there it was general boarding. And while I was able to have my ticket inspected quite quickly, there was quite a long queue to board the aircraft itself. Once I got to the entrance, I was greeted and one of the crew ushered me to my seat 2A. As I mentioned in my prior review, I prefer seats 2A and 2K for their relative privacy, unless you're a British Airways Executive Club elite and can pre-book seat 1A or 1K–typically those seats are blocked and can't be selected online.
Something to be aware of, if you're traveling only with carry-on luggage, is that nothing can be stowed under the ottoman seats during take-off and landing; everything must go into the overhead lockers, coat closet (which is very narrow and really only accommodates coats) or the closet at the front of the cabin, between seats 1A and 1K. Fortunately a friendly cabin attendant promised to store my box of Pierre Herme macarons that I'd gotten my family in a crew closet, after everything else was loaded in, so that they wouldn't be crushed.
British Airways First Class Menu and Food
British Airways First Class Bed and Sleep Quality
Lowered expectations are key to enjoying British Airways First Class, since if you've flown almost any major Asian airline's first class and come in expecting a similar product and service level, you're almost guaranteed to be disappointed. Having flown it before, I knew what to expect in terms of the seat and first class cabin, although even so I was disappointed to find a hair in my food and that even the quality of the desserts (which, let's face it, are fairly cheap to make in terms of the cost of ingredients) had seriously diminished.
I did feel that the crew on this flight was friendlier and more helpful than on my prior flight, and crew consistency is something that most carriers struggle with, even for first class.
If you've flown British Airways First Class recently, what was your experience?
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