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Reviews: British Airways B747 – First Class

JFK LHR
Arrival Airport London Heathrow Airport
Flight Carrier British Airways
Flight Number BA116
Duration 7:00
Aircraft B747
Cabin Class First
Cost 68,000 airline miles
To the point Feedback from a First Class / First flight in a British Airways Boeing 747 between New York and London Heathrow.

The long awaited moment! After a short flight from Montreal, I found myself at 7pm at New York JFK airport. My next flight will be in First Class on a British Airways Boeing 747 – the Queen of the Sky.

Flight British Airways BA116 – New York JFK – London LHR – First Class

My flight from Montreal landed in Terminal 8, and I have to go to Terminal 7. Although the terminals are next door, it took me a good 20 minutes to get there!

Within the New York JFK airport

Let’s go for long corridors in Terminal 8. No doubt, we are in New York.

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Terminal 8 JFK
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Terminal 8 JFK

Direction the AirTrain, the train allowing to go from one terminal to another.

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Direction AirTrain

In passing, I see a US Airways plane… a company that no longer exists since it was bought by American Airlines. They take a little time to repaint the acquired aircraft!

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US Airways

By the way, as you leave Terminal 8 – or “American Airlines Terminal”, a glimpse of the company’s various logos.

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American Airlines logos through time

Changing the terminal means leaving the “Security” area. If my stopover had been longer, I could have gone to New-York in a few hours. That will be for another time 😉

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Welcome to New-York

I finally reached the AirTrain, Terminal 7 is not far away.

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AirTrain JFK
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AirTrain JFK
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AirTrain JFK

And here I am, a short one minute trip and I’m in Terminal 7 or “British Airways Terminal”.

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Terminal 7 – JFK
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Terminal 7 – JFK

No doubt, we are here in New-York with the famous yellow cabs.

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New-York Taxi

Several signs indicate the paths to the different registration areas.

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Terminal 7 check-in areas

This is the business class area (Club World), with little traffic.

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Terminal 7 – Club World

I go to the first class area (British Airways First).

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Terminal 7 – First
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Terminal 7 – First
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Terminal 7 – First

Terminal 7 – First

It is now 7:45 pm. I decide to see at the check-in counter if I can change my flight. Initially, I was registered on the last flight of the evening (22:55 – BA182). But before this one, there are 3 other flights, all on B747 (20h15, 20h40, 21h30).

Since I am traveling on an award flight (paid with miles), there is normally a fee for any changes. The agent decides to go see his supervisor and I wait in the very “British” chairs.

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5 minutes later, the agent comes back with my new boarding pass: I’m now leaving at 8:15 pm, in 30 minutes! And what’s more… in seat 1A normally reserved for the most frequent British Airways passengers (with a high Oneworld status).

A short passage through security (2 minutes) and I am faced with a difficult choice: which lounge to choose to relax in before boarding?

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Terminal 7 – Security
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Terminal 7 – Lounges

This will be the Concorde Room, exclusively reserved for First Class passengers.

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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room

In the Concorde Room – Terminal 7 New-York JFK

A small glimpse of this living room, with a style that I would describe as “old-fashioned British”.

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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room

There is the possibility to have dinner on the spot, I would only take 2 glasses of champagne and some cheese.

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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Alcohols
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Alcohols
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Alcohols
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Alcohols
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Alcohols
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Champagne !

And I sit next to the Business Center to admire the view with a setting sun.

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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Business center
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room
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Terminal 7 – Concorde Room – Open Skies

But it is already time to join my plane. To tell you the truth, I’m glad I moved my flight forward by almost 3 hours. I had planned to have dinner in the lounge to get as much sleep as possible during the flight, but I ended up having dinner on the plane! The visit of the other fairs will be done next time.

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British Airways 747 – My plane for tonight

First Class Boarding – British Airways

The boarding area is very busy, fortunately, there is a dedicated line for First and Business Class passengers. The order is scrupulously respected.

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Terminal 7 – Priority Boarding

A father and son boarded just before me and headed upstairs in business class.

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Boarding

As for me, it will be all the way to the left… towards seat 1A, with a brief passage in front of a business class section.

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British Airways Club World

Here I am, alone, in first class. So I take the opportunity to make a maximum of pictures.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First
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British Airways 747 First Class / First
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British Airways 747 First Class / First
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British Airways 747 First Class / First
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – My luggage
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British Airways 747 First Class / First
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British Airways 747 First Class / First
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Seat 1A
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British Airways B747 First – A large seat (just before landing)

The hostess, seeing that I take a lot of pictures, offers to immortalize this moment, sitting in my seat 1A.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Your blogger 😉

Then she brings me back my “welcome kit” which is the product kit (for men) as well as a pair of pajamas in my size.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Welcome Kit
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Welcome Kit
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Pyjamas

A small tour of the menu and drinks that will be proposed to me this evening.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Menu

I open the blind that covers my two portholes to see that we are already leaving the door!

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Portholes

I can stretch out my legs, savor my glass of champagne, we will soon take off. A Royal Air Maroc b787 is before us.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Royal Air Maroc

The First Class cabin is almost full. Although the seats 1A and 1K appear to be close on the cabin plan, I am still far from the young woman in 1K.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Seat 1K across from Seat 1A

Shortly after takeoff, I went to the bathroom to change into my “pyjamas first”.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Pyjamas

To my surprise, the toilets are not very big… but they do have a porthole 🙂

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Toilets
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Toilets

Back in my seat, the table is set: a new glass of champagne awaits me with appetizers.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Dinner

While eating, I take the opportunity to test the screen, very pixelated. It will only show the map anyway because I won’t be watching a movie tonight.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Screen
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Screen
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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Screen

After the appetizers, the starter: lobster.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Dinner

Followed by a very tender meat as a main course accompanied by an excellent glass of red wine.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Dinner

This will be followed by a cheese plate. I won’t have dessert.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Dinner

The hostess offers to prepare my bed for the night.

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Chair-bed

Comfortable no? In any case, it was because I was able to sleep a good 4 hours, which is rare for me on a plane! Actually, I was woken up by the stewardess 10 minutes before landing. She brings me a coffee, and I decide to open the blinds to enjoy the daylight and the landing. I missed breakfast (I’ll have it in the living room upon arrival!).

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British Airways 747 First Class / First – Coffee

And here we are, arrived in London! The two giants of the sky: the Boeing 747 of British Airways and the Airbus A380 of the Australian company Qantas.

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British Airways 747 vs Qantas A380

British Airways also has A380s.

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British Airways A380

After a short taxi on the runway, we arrived at Terminal 5, the one for the international flights of British Airways, full of B747.

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Terminal 5 LHR

It’s time for me to leave this British Airways first class to join the “Arrivals lounge” of London Heathrow before catching my flight to Amsterdam! A last goodbye to the plane that brought me here!

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British Airways B747

Bottom line

This flight was excellent. The first class… was a first for me. Some call British Airways First Class the “best business class ever”. It is true that I found the front of the cabin, in the nose of the B747, quite full (14 seats in such a small space while other airlines just put 6-9 at most).

On the other hand, the service was excellent, as were the meals and alcohol served.

I’ll soon have a comparable one when I travel on my return flight with Lufthansa… also in First Class.

The maps to make this trip

Here, I needed American Express with Membership Rewards (transferable to Avios miles) and my Scotiabank Gold American Express card (which allowed me to pay taxes with the Scotia Bonus points).

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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