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Realistically this might be a Top 10 First Class product but in order to crack the Top 3 BA would have to make some serious changes. Of course, this would probably come at a higher cost, with less opportunities to redeem miles for the experience.
BA's A380 First Class offers an experience truly worthy of the name. It is very pleasant, relaxing and comfortable. However BA falls short of being truly spectacular. Given what other airlines are doing with their flagship products these days, it seems a shame that a once great airline isn't aiming to beat the world.
The Churchill is a very well located hotel which manages to be within a two minute walk of some of London's busiest shopping and dining streets, whilst retaining an air of calm and tranquility overlooking the Portman Square Park. The staff on the club level were universally superb, everybody seemed to be happy to work there and it results in a remarkably pleasant experience. The club lounge itself was a quiet and elegant place to relax and offered a wide variety of high quality food and drink.
After an absolutely spectacular outbound flight in the First Class Apartments I was really curious to see how the business class product would pan out. Given that I would be heading straight to the office from this flight, my priorities were a little different than on the outbound. Basically I just wanted to get to sleep in comfort and enjoy some privacy and quiet. I wasn't looking for tons of attention and I was already stuffed from the food at the lounge and on the flight from MLE.
The aircraft on the return featured the same shorthaul Recaro recliner seats as the outbound. I like the comfortable mixture of a leather headrest and fabric seat combined with the large pillows and squishy blanket. As somebody that lives in Europe I never cease to be amazed when I get to experience ACTUAL short-haul business class, with a business class seat!
Still I cant deny it it, I do love bus gates when it's sunny and humid outside. There's an undeniable holiday feeling about the whole process when the weather cooperates.
The decor is beautiful but the champagne selection isn't great. Nothing that would ever be served in an F cabin, just some basic Moet and Veuve.
After the champagne bar there is a large sitting area, filled with couches and signature CX Solus chairs.
The Arrival is unique in the fact that it is open so late, having the option to arrive, get showered and then head straight into town for a night out, is amazing.
This isn't a lounge where you would want or need to spend a huge amount of time but it is well appointed and has everything you need. It is a great place to quickly and easily arrive refreshed and ready to head into Hong Kong.
I was pleasantly surprised by the business class lounge. This space doesn't feel like second-best, an afterthought, it is a great lounge and a place where you could easily relax for a couple of hours before a flight: eating, drinking and enjoying the views.
We stopped into the lounge to have a quick look around. Whilst the lounge is nicely decorated and has a cost feel, it is not in the same league as the JL offering. Which makes sense, given that NRT is JAL's home base.