A peek at the British Airways Upper Deck

A spacious seat, which converts into a fully flat bed, delicious food and drink options using fresh, local ingredients and access to private lounges and luxurious spa treatments are some of the benefits of flying Club level with British airways.  During our trip to Africa we booked business class tickets and were on the British Airways upper deck on the Boeing 747-400 on the return flight. Mr Suburbia who is an aviation geek was excited about it more than all of us.  We took the 747 from Cape Town to London Heathrow this September and connected to Dallas on American Airlines.  Here is a peek at how the upper deck experience was.

The Boeing 747-400 is a wide body, four-engine jet manufactured by Boeing, the American aerospace company. Its distinctive upper deck shape has earned it the nickname Jumbo Jet. BA is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747. The 747-400 is a proven performer with high reliability and incorporates major aerodynamic improvements over earlier 747 models, including the addition of winglets to reduce drag, new avionics, and a new flight deck. The 747 serves more than 210 airports around the world and is also the world’s fastest commercial jetliner.

Fun facts about The 747- 400

  • The world’s 747 fleet has flown 3.5 billion people – the equivalent of half of the world’s population.
  • British Airways is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747-400.
  • A 747-400 typically takes off at 290km/h (180mph), cruises at 910km/h (565mph) and lands at 260km/h (160mph).

British Airways Upper deck 747-400

Cabin and seats on the British Airways Upper Deck

The Club World upper deck was very cozy and private. The configuration is 2-2 with a very large aisle/corridor. Only 20 seats, so even it is fully booked the flight attendants are relaxed and have plenty of time to take care of you. The lower deck can be quite busy if the class is fully booked. We could see the pilot behind the doors of the cabin when we boarded the flight and took our seats. The seating is front-rear. I prefer the rear seating as it gives a more natural recline when sleeping, while the hubby preferred the front facing seat.  The boy was across the aisle from us.  Needless to say there was enough legroom and ample storage spaces for putting your belongings and shoes.

Food and Service

A peek at the British Airways Upper Deck

A peek at the British Airways Upper Deck

A glass of Champagne welcome us as soon as we settled in, juice or water for the kids, and wet towel before take off.  Food was well presented and warm.  There were a few choices and I had already picked vegetarian.  I had a nice watermelon salad with edamame and feta cheese before the entree was served. We finished off with some dessert and a night cap of Baileys.

Lounge Access

British Airways Lounge at Cape Town, South Africa

My favorite thing is the lounge access where you can relax and recharge your batteries before the flight in the elegant departures lounges stocked with fine wines and drinks, refreshments, newspapers, magazines and comfy sofas.  There is always a decent selection of food and pastries. There is always WiFi and a range of business facilities for when you need to get some work done or update your social media 🙂

On arrival into London Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5, we stepped off the plane and into the Arrivals lounge to freshen up and get ready for the next flight. Facilities include more delicious dining options, showers and even a clothes-pressing service.  If you have enough time between flight you can even get some Spa treatments and skin-therapies at Elemis, the acclaimed British spa and skincare brand.


British Airways Upper Deck

Time for the next flight! We loved flying Club Level on British Airways Upper Deck





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