This is the eleventh in the series of reviews of my trip to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The following links will become clickable after each review becomes available:
- London Heathrow T5 Business Parking
- British Airways Premium Economy – London Heathrow to Las Vegas
- New York, New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
- Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Anaheim, Los Angeles
- Universal Studios Hollywood, VIP Experience
- American Airlines – Los Angeles to San Francisco – Economy (plus BART)
- Villa Florence Hotel, San Francisco
- Alcatraz Tour, San Francisco
- House of Nanking Chinese Restaurant, San Francisco
- British Airways Lounge, San Francisco Airport
- London Heathrow Airside Transfer T5 to T3
Club seats on a Boeing 747-400 are arranged in a mixture of forward- and rear- facing combinations. All are capable of extending to completely flat beds in conjunction with the footstool. You can see the seat layout on seatguru.
Seat A is a rear-facing window seat. Seat B is a forward-facing aisle seat. If you are passenger A then you will be looking face-to-face at passenger B. Well that is until take off when you can press a button to raise the privacy screen. This creates a nice cocoon cabin as the fuselage is on one side and the separating wall between A and B is on the other. If you want food or drinks then they all have to be served across passenger B via the lowered privacy screen. Still it is better to be A than B, as B is effectively sleeping in an open aisle.
Seat D is a forward-facing aisle seat with the same disadvantages as B.
Seats E and F are rear-facing seats in the middle of the plane. These are great if you are a couple, as once the D/E and F/G privacy screens go up, you are in a small private room. I think it would be odd to be in one of these seats with a stranger.
Seats G and J are forward-facing aisle seats with the same disadvantages as B.
Seat K is just like A.
There are two Club cabins; the front cabin has less rows and is quieter than the rear as you are away from the engines.
So my recommendation for single travellers is to choose 12A or 14A – or any A or K seat. Couples should choose 12E and 12F, or any middle pairing.
The entertainment system was the usual video on-demand type system, but as this was a night flight I didn’t bother with it.
The hot food was better than my last Club World flight although perhaps not to everyone’s taste. There are plenty of passengers who can afford to fly Club, but aren’t interested in scallops or some other fine dining dishes – they just want good food cooked well.
The absolute worst aspect of the flight was actually baggage reclaim. Despite the ‘priority’ tags, the bags took almost an hour to appear – this reported my Son and two friends who were travelling with us, as mine were in-lined through to Prague. That brings me to the second worst aspect of the flight – the London Heathrow Airside Transfer T5 to T3.