British Airways has announced the introduction of new business class seat – ‘Club Suite’, adding that it will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July.

The airline’s new ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Designed to serve the convenience of customers, Club Suite offers 40 percent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC/USB power.

The company says that the A350 aircraft itself is designed to offer a relaxing flight, with reduced noise levels, higher levels of humidity and refreshed air, high ceilings and ambient lighting, which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light. There are also environmental benefits to flying on the state-of the-art A350 as 25 percent lower fuel burn significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

In addition to the new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 will feature the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings, new amenity kits and an enhanced service and an improved dining experience. The World Traveller (economy) cabin has 219 seats. Customers will also benefit from high-speed WiFi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: ‘The arrival of our first A350 featuring our new Club Suite is one of the most exciting developments in our GBP6.5 billion investment programme.

‘Each new suite has direct aisle access and comes with a personal door – design features which were incorporated as a direct result of the feedback we’ve had from our customers. We’ve worked hard to ensure every aspect of the Club World experience from the lounges we’ve refreshed, to the new gourmet menus from Do&Co on flights from Heathrow, and the luxurious bedding we’ve introduced from The White Company exudes the very British style and quality customers expect from us.

‘At British Airways we have one of Europe’s largest long-haul fleets and most far-reaching global networks, so it will take some time to make the cabin available to everybody. We hope that as more customers have the chance to experience it, they’ll enjoy travelling in it as much as we’ve enjoyed designing it.’

The airline will roll out the new suites in a phased manner aimed at minimising disruption to customers. The first phase will see short-haul flights between London and Madrid, while in phase two – from October 1, 2019 – the aircraft will begin long-haul flying. During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new cabin. By the start of 2020, the airline will start phase three, rolling out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.

Our love of going on holiday offers us the chance to leave our cares behind and enjoy some relaxation or exploring.

However, for some, the stress starts the minute a holiday is booked.

Aviophobia - the fear of flying - affects many people, with varying degrees of anxiety experienced.

If you’re someone who suffers from this common phobia, while we may not be able to cure you completely, reading on should at least give you a better chance of controlling your emotions when up in the air.


Block out the noise

Planes are noisy machines, and even the smallest bit of turbulence can make a strange noise.

Despite it being very rare that the plane will shake you about, the noises contribute most to a lot of peoples’ worries.

However, these sounds are quite normal and all part of the flying process.

If you’d still rather not listen in on the flight, purchase a pair of noise cancelling headphones.

Not only do they block out the sounds of the plane, but you’ll also be able to relax with your favourite music – making the flight go quicker in the process.



Alcohol can be known to help you relax or even fall asleep quicker, so there’s nothing wrong with a few pre-flight pints in the airport bar. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

You should also remember that alcohol makes you dehydrated though, so drink plenty of water alongside it.

Don’t take this as gospel, however, as for some, alcohol only adds to the anxiety and worries, so if you’re worried about flying, maybe it’s best to ditch the booze until you arrive at your destination.

Relaxation and breathing techniques

Always remember to keep breathing normally. Holding your breath will only increase anxiety, so practice those breathing methods or even have a set routine practiced beforehand.

To help you relax, you should try taking a pen and some paper on the plane with you. This may sound like a daft idea, but it can work a treat. The minute you feel yourself getting worked up, take out your paper and start scribbling/writing/drawing, whatever takes your fancy. This way you’ll be transferring your thoughts to the pad in front of you and not the plane.

Colouring books can also be a big help.


Put your faith in the pilots

You don’t feel nervous when stepping on the bus, the train or getting a lift off someone else (unless they’re a bad driver), so why do people fear the worst on a plane?

To become a pilot, you need years of training and experience, and it’s the most regulated profession in the world. Pilots are constantly being retested and retrained to make sure they’re on top of their game.

So, sit back, relax (try to) and enjoy being transported to your dream destination by experienced professionals.

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