The biggest bedroom in the sky
officially has come to Baltimore/Washington International Airport as
British Airways has launched its Club World business class product on its
BWI/London route, making the British carrier the only airline flying the
route offering a revolutionary new seat which converts to a fully flat 180
degree, six foot- long bed. And to make the Club World flat beds instantly attractive in the
Baltimore/Washington marketplace, British Airways is offering a $999
one-way Club World introductory fare ($1,998 roundtrip), knocking 76
percent off the normal $8,250 roundtrip fare. The sale price will be
available through Sunday midnight EST, March 20.
At the same time, BWI will also receive a new class of travel for economy
passengers called “World Traveller Plus,” tailored to the needs of
long-haul customers who want added comfort at an affordable premium price
between business class and economy. World Traveller Plus features a
comfortable 38- inch pitch seat in a separate cabin aboard all longhaul
B777, B747 and B767 aircraft.
“British Airways is delighted to offer Baltimore/Washington these unique
new products. The flat beds have proven to be extremely popular with our
business class customers and we are confident our customers will enjoy the
comfort and privacy of Club World,” said Derrick Surratt, Director of
Sales Southeast USA for British Airways. “The aircraft configuration
permits us to provide more capacity and to match market demand for all
cabins. If the success of the flat beds in other markets is any
indication, this is a win-win situation for Baltimore.”
World Traveller Plus seats to London also will be on sale priced at $199
one-way ($398 roundtrip)—a savings of 79 percent off the regular $1950
return fare. All airfares will be subject to government fees and taxes and
a $2.50 September 11th security charge. Both the Club World and World
Traveller Plus offers are exclusive to BWI departures and must include a
minimum stay of one Saturday night; maximum stay is 12 months.
British Airways serves Baltimore/Washington International Airport daily
with the most modern aircraft of the skies, the Boeing 767 with 24 Club
World, 24 World Traveller Plus and 141 World traveller (economy class), or
the B777 configured to 14 First Class, 40 Club World, 40 World Traveller
Plus and 122 World Traveller (economy class) seats.
The daily eastbound flight, BA228, departs each evening at 8:50 p.m. and
arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport at 9:10 a.m., the following morning.
The return westbound service, BA229, departs Heathrow everyday at 11:50
a.m. and arrives at BWI at 3:30 p.m., the same afternoon.
British Airways was the first carrier to offer a seat that converts to a
fully flat bed for business class travellers. Club World has won the
endorsement of customers generating loyalty and driving improved customer
satisfaction. The flat bed has won a host of accolades from both the
design and travel industry, including the prestigious Grand Prix at the
International Design Effectiveness Awards and the Marketing Society’s
Award for Innovation.