Programs: BA Gold, Star Alliance Gold, Delta DM, Fairmont Platinum, Hertz Gold
New BA/BMI A320 business seating - short review
I was delighted when I boarded my LHR-AMM that we would be flying in the new converted business seat. It looks lovely, very plush with brown leather in a very warm looking cabin.
The seats are configured 2-1 and if you get a single seat on its own it is a truly excellent space. You have loads of room on either side of you although there is not that much storage for bags, shoes etc. The TV screen is large and the choice of TV and movies was good.
As for the chair - the choice of seating positions is limited and it is a little claustrophobic when you are in the sleeping position although it is a good, flat bed and absolutely fine for my (just short of) 6 foot height.
The only issue I had was that the panel to change the seat position is on the armrest and extremely sensitive so you could be watching TV and it would change. Also, on both legs (I had the same config on the return) the lumbar support would simply inflate/deflate without any input from me.
The last thing and I simply dont understand why they can never get this right: there were loads of problems with peoples seats. At least 3 on the way out and 6 people on the return had issues with their seats and were asked to move places. Mine were fine but I did feel for the crew who were obviously frustrated with the issues.
All in all, I think this is an excellent product and I look forward to flying it. I actually prefer it to the regular BA club world.....
I believe it is even cheaper to BEY and they use the same fleet.
Yes, £2 less at £599
I must say, having flown it once, it is truly a great product. I liked every minute of it, except as mentioned the extremely sensitive seat position/features touchpad which almost made me $h!t myself when the seat moved back with a rather loud noise!
The OP is talking about the new mid-haul Business Class seats being introduced on the A320/1 mid-haul aircraft.
Only A321's will be getting the new flatbed cabin, the A320's will be reverting to shorthaul configuration.
Glad to hear you enjoyed the new cabin . Disappointed to hear about several seats not working, having operated several flights on these A/C at bmi, never once had any seats not working. I guess this will happen though from time to time, unfortunately. Although not ideal, the seat can still be lowered into the flatbed position manually.