There’s sufficient space in my seat – thanks to the sliding drawer at foot level, as well as the fold-out table where I carefully put my Champagne and orange juice. Sockets are here too but I was reminded that they can’t be put in a drawer en route for safety reasons. I could fit. In two small bottles of water, a few magazines and my White Company amenity kit. The comfortable and supportive seat with adjustable headrest and lumbar support converts into a generous 183cm (6ft) fully flatbed which was perfect for me. I highly recommend these middle seats especially if you’re travelling a deux.
Perusing the menu, I opted for smoked salmon for starters, cut glass for my vino (an excellent selection of Old and New World wines) followed by a delicious prawn curry with apple pie and custard to follow. Oh, and a cheeseboard and port. All in the line of reporting duty of course…
I had a little nap after watching Peter Rabbit on the 10.4inch flatscreen monitor. There’s a great selection of new movies as well as old faves.
Trying out my flatbed was fun… the controls are easy to use and the White Company bedding was clean and soft to the touch. This was upgraded earlier this year and includes an elegant day cushion, which doubles up as a lumbar support when working or relaxing, a super-soft woven blanket with satin trim, a bespoke luxury duvet, and a padded mattress cover to provide an extra layer of comfort and improve quality of sleep.
Landing at Newark and collecting baggage my cocooned reverie was brought abruptly to an end with a lengthy border control queue. I shan’t moan about the direness of Homeland Security here, but frequent flyers to the US will know the score. One way you can avoid this when travelling in BA’s business class is to take the Clubworld London City BA flight JFK via Shannon where you will clear US Customs and Immigration. And arrive at JFK as a domestic passenger. No queues. Just pick up your luggage and straight into your Uber.
After a very enjoyable but all too short stay in NYC, I stayed at the Club Quarters Hotel Word Trade Center which I highly recommend – I headed once again for Newark and my early evening departure from Terminal B.
Check-in was easy and since I’d arrived around 3 hours before my flight, the airport wasn’t too busy. I was guided through the fast-track lane and made my way to the British Airways Galleries Lounge at EWR is located on an upper floor near gates B50-58 – so you’re only a 5-minute walk to get into the queue for boarding. Open daily from 15:00 to 22.45 I arrived just as they were opening for lunch. There’s a First Dining area (for First Class passengers) but it didn’t look especially snazzy – just more private. I dined in the Business Class buffet area which is used by Open Sky passengers as well as BA’s 777 Business Class passengers. There’s a hot and cold buffet with cafeteria-style seating here and very personable and efficient staff. Special mention to Eliana and Ada who were fabulous and looked after me very well.
The food was delicious – a great selection of salads, hot dishes included fish (Atlantic Cod) and a pasta (rigatoni with fresh spinach and parmesan) dish, and deserts. And decent wines too.
To reach the dining area you’ll pass coffee and tea and cake and sandwiches. Plus a range of alcohol and snacks. And a tempting sweet station. There are plenty of sockets to charge digital kit, and comfortable seating looking out onto the runway.