There is good news for San Diego residents who are planning London vacations next year. Today, British Airways announced that customers in San Diego will be able to fly to London in First class, as the airline introduces its larger, four-cabin Boeing 777-300 on to the route. The new plane and configuration will fly starting on March 26, 2017, conveniently the start of spring break for many San Diego schools.

British Airways began daily services between San Diego International and London Heathrow in June 2011. As you may know, we took advantage of a BA Club World sale and flew British Airways business class from San Diego to London last June. While there were a number of positives, I found the plane old, the entertainment outdated and the outbound food subpar (inbound food was quite good, however).

But, as a loyal oneworld Alliance and former resident of London, the news given that the top class of service on the current plane is business class.

See also: Review: British Airways Club Europe Regional Business Class

About the New British Airways 777-300

The new aircraft will be able to accommodate 297 customers which includes:

  • 14 in First
  • 56 in Club World (business class)
  • 44 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy)
  • 183 in World Traveller (economy).

This is an increase of 24 seats a day from the current Boeing 777-200 that operates between the two cities.

We’re really pleased with how our San Diego service is performing and are delighted to introduce our First cabin into the market.  Our exclusive First class cabin is well known for its exceptional comfort, fine wines and a la carte dining, and of course, our quintessential British service.  I know it will be very popular with our customers.” – Simon Brooks, British Airways’ Senior Vice President, North America

We’re thrilled that British Airways has decided to increase the aircraft size on its popular London – San Diego route. The larger aircraft will now include a First class cabin in addition to the normal business, premium economy and economy cabins.  This means the flight will provide the most options for both business and leisure travelers to connect in comfort.” – Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO of San Diego International Airport.

The British Airways Premium First Experience

The new First cabin has 14 suites that are based on classic design and discrete luxury. Features include:

  • Individual seats that turn into a 6 ft. 6 in. fully flat beds with a simple twist of a button
  • Signatureturndownn service includes a luxurious quilted mattress, crisp white cotton duvet and pillow, along with pajamas and luxury amenity kit
  • A personal closet and leather-bound writing desk that converts into a dining table
  • A la carte dining and a buddy seat to enable customers to dine together
  • Lighting and electronic blinds that can be modified to reflect mood and time of day
New First on the new Boeing 777-300ER

Enhanced Entertainment

Customers can enjoy on-demand seat-back entertainment, with more than 1,600 hours of programming.  With 130 movies and 650 TV shows from around the world along with an extensive audio selection, British Airways is catering for every taste.  The “Mindfulness For Travel” video series has been created exclusively for British Airways and the advanced personal in-flight entertainment system features wellbeing exercises, therapeutic audio playlists, and a Flying with Confidence video.

See also: Why Heathrow Airport Is One of the Best for Kids

Have you flown in first class on British Airways?

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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