Flying business class with British Airways to London

THE PLANE

Boeing 777-300ER. With 12 of these aircraft in the BA fleet; the 'Triple Seven' was the world's first commercial aircraft entirely designed by computer. 

THE ROUTE

Sydney to London via Singapore

THE CLASS

Club World (Business Class). Seat 13E

THE LOYALTY SCHEME

Executive Club – but points can be put into Oneworld partner schemes, such as Qantas' Frequent Flyer.

THE SEAT

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On this flight, there are 56 Club World seats, arranged in a 2-4-2 forward-and-back staggered pattern. Aisle seats face forward, while the middle pairs and window seats face backwards. The middle seats are quite cosy - and if you're flying solo, you're going to become quite acquainted with the passenger next to you - but luckily there are retractable dividers that provide the privacy you'd expect from a Business Class seat. 

The seat fully reclines (180 degrees) to a six foot (183 centimetre) flat bed, which is generous, comfy and - thankfully - quite sleep inducing. When upright, the pitch is 73 inches (185 centimetres) with a seat cushion width of 20 inches (50.8 centimetres). There's also an in-seat power supply for laptops and other electronic devices.

DURATION

Just under eight hours to Singapore; and then another 13 hours on to London.

FREQUENCY

Daily. A business class return airfare between Sydney and London starts at $7909, including taxes, fees and carrier charges. Conditions apply.

ENTERTAINMENT

Hundreds of the latest films, documentaries, television, music, audio books and games on a 10.4 inch (26.4 centimetre) flat screen with noise-cancelling headphones.

BAGGAGE

Club World equals generosity in the baggage department, with two bags of up to 32 kilograms each allowed in the hold and one cabin bag (up to 23 kilograms) plus a laptop or handbag on board. Which basically equates to more luggage than you can hope to carry.

COMFORT

The cabin was kept at a pleasant temperature throughout the flight, and with oodles of legroom - it was very easy to get comfortable. The pop-out tv screens must be stowed for takeoff and landing - but the seat is comfy enough to make up for having to pause your inflight entertainment.

It's all about the seat really, which comes with multiple different adjustable combinations - from fully flat to the perfect pitch. With ample space when sitting and dining, and more than enough room (for most) when passengers want to sleep - it's a relaxing place to endure such a long flight. Just make sure the privacy divider is up, otherwise it all becomes very close. 

SERVICE

The crew are professional, polite and overall - resplendent. BA haven't always had the greatest reputation for their cabin crew but thankfully I found this to be incorrect as the staff serving me were nothing but excellent.

FOOD

Dinner is served on the first leg, and a delicious starter of prosciutto, grilled artichokes and Kalamata olives is followed by a tasty grilled fillet of grass-fed beef in a red wine balsamic sauce with a sumptuous potato and Cheddar au gratin. The starter's accompanying tipple of Henriot champagne is hard to beat, although the Spanish red - an 'El Sender' from LaFou - is perfect with the beef. 

If you're still peckish after your meal, the well-stocked Club Kitchen in the galley is ready-to-raid with a selection of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and sweets. And bottled water, plenty of bottled water. 

ONE MORE THING

You'll more than likely be touching down in London at some ungodly hour before the rest of the UK are awake, so make sure you take full advantage of the BA Heathrow Terminal 5 Galleries arrival lounge. With over 100 showers - as well as hot food, free internet and a travel spa - it's the perfect way to rejuvenate after the long journey across the world. 

THE VERDICT

It's certainly a very pleasant flight with very little to complain about. While not necessarily in the same league as the business class experience offered by the likes of Emirates or Cathay Pacific, features like baggage allowance, top shelf service and the arrivals lounge at the other end make this British Airways Club World journey a serious winner. 

Tested by Tim Martin, who was upgraded to Club World courtesy of British Airways.