LONDON, TOKYO- Seventy-five years ago, British Airways (BA), formerly known as British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), achieved a significant milestone by launching the inaugural passenger flights between the UK and Japan.
Back on March 19, 1948, BOAC expanded its Poole-Hong Kong Plymouth class flying boat service to include Iwakuni. This weekly route was later extended to Yokohama, Tokyo in November, with flights covering seven days and making stops at multiple cities along the way, including Augusta, Alexandria, Karachi, Calcutta, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Iwakuni.
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British Airways is introducing its latest business class Club Suite cabin on flights connecting London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda to mark this significant achievement.
Starting from October 31st, British Airways will stand out as the sole airline offering a business class suite featuring a complete privacy door on direct routes connecting the UK and Japan.
The Club Suite has been thoughtfully designed to provide customers with a blend of privacy, comfort, and ample space, catering to their work, relaxation, and leisure needs.
Colm Lacy, Chief Commercial Officer at British Airways, expressed,
“It all began with a flying boat, and now Tokyo stands as one of our most cherished and long-standing destinations. Our heritage fills us with immense pride – it has been our privilege to establish the connection between British travelers and Japan since 1948. We eagerly anticipate serving them for the next 75 years and beyond as we continue investing in new products, enhancing the customer experience, and advancing technology.”
Taking inspiration from menus of yesteryears stored in the airline’s extensive archive, the chefs have curated celebratory meals for all cabin classes. These dishes will be served on London Heathrow (LHR) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) flights from September 1st to October 31st.
Passengers will have the chance to relish popular selections that were served on the route back in 1969, including beef stroganoff and beef cheek okaribayaki.
Additionally, the airline has crafted a cherry meringue gateau to celebrate the occasion, reminiscent of the signature dessert that delighted travelers on the London to Anchorage route during the same year.
British Airways’ Club Suite introduces a flat-bed seat configuration with direct aisle access, featuring a suite door for enhanced privacy, all set in a 1-2-1 arrangement. This design incorporates an increased storage capacity of 40%, including a vanity unit accompanied by a mirror.
In addition to these features, passengers can benefit from WiFi connectivity and enjoy generous 18.5-inch in-flight entertainment screens. The latest business class seating arrangement will be accessible on BA6 and BA5 flights, managed by the B777-300ER* fleet.
The Club World cabin treats passengers to opulent comforts such as plush pillows and cozy quilts from The White Company, an upgraded amenity kit, and an enhanced dining experience.
Effective from September 1st, those traveling in the airline’s First cabin to and from Tokyo will indulge in an even more premium service. This includes bespoke loungewear and amenity kits crafted by the esteemed British luxury fashion brand Temperley London.
Additionally, passengers can expect to enjoy products from ELEMIS, including the renowned ULTRA SMART PRO-COLLAGEN range and bedding made from recycled plastic bottles.
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