Trip Reports & Reviews

Flying UPSTAIRS on the BRITISH AIRWAYS 747! Club World Review

Noel

Noel Philips

I flew upstairs on the British Airways 747 in Club World on a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to London!

I found a great viewing area at OR Tambo that gives views across the airport. I spent a couple of hours there until heading through security to the lounge.

My ride back to London tonight was this beautiful Boeing 747-400, delivered brand new to BA in 1995 making her almost 25 years old.

I boarded the Queen of the Skies and headed upstairs to the small upper deck Club World cabin.

The window seats in Club World on the 747 face backwards, which is one of my favourite things about BA’s old Club World seats.

The upper deck Club World seats have these huge storage bins at the side of the seats, which give you plenty of storage.

I was given a special BA100 amenity kit for tonight’s flight. It has the usual eye mask and toiletries inside.

Menus were handed out, with a card to complete to give your preference for breakfast. I opted to maximise my sleep and get a drink on the plane, so I could have breakfast in the lounge after my arrival in London.

Pretty soon we pushed back and got on our way to the runway at OR Tambo International.

The Comic Relief safety video has had a minor rework since my last BA flight.

Our route this evening took us north out of Jo’burg to cross Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We crossed Congo, Chad, Niger and Algeria, before crossing the Mediterannean and into France. Cruising altitude today was 32, 36 and 38,000ft with a flight time of 10 hours 37 minutes.

We had a small drinks service and nuts ahead of dinner, which came within an hour of takeoff.

The upper deck of the 747 is a lovely place to be, and is very quiet compared to the lower deck Club World cabin.

For dinner tonight I took the Smoked Salmon to start, and a main course of Cajun Chicken, before a dessert of the cheese board.

The bedding in Club World is really nice. I put the bed down to try and get some sleep. The Club World bed is really comfortable with plenty of room.

This 747 has WiFi onboard, which is pretty reasonably priced. I just took the basic ‘Browse’ package which claims not to allow streaming, but I had no trouble streaming YouTube onboard with this package.

It wasn’t long before we commenced our descent over France down towards home.

We were landing on runway 27R today giving us one of my favourite approach and landings in the world over the city of London.

My ride home from Johannesburg cost me £562 as part of a round trip from Johannesburg to Manchester. This works out at just 10 pence per mile which I thought worked out at great value for money.

British Airways were excellent as always, and I’m looking forward to comparing this flight with my ride back down to Jo’Burg in December, onboard the Airbus A380.