Flight review BA World Traveller (Economy)

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Flying again on British Airways after a long hiatus has brought me one of the most positive experiences so far this  year when it comes to in-flight experience.

I flew between Moscow Domodedovo  and London Heathrow on a Boeing 777-200 (yes, BA uses wide-body aircraft on the Russia run!) and back on an Airbus A321.

The great in-flight experience may have been partly the result of both aircraft being equipped with World Traveller cabin, a de facto long-haul product (with all its bells and whistles), although on a relatively shorter flight (at 4h, flying time between Moscow and London is long for European standards, but most airlines deploy narrow body aircraft and provide regular short haul service on their routes to Moscow).

This applies not only to the Boeing 777 but also to the return trip on a smaller A321, that kept the standards up!

Flight #: BA232

From: Moscow Domodedovo (DME)

To: London Heathrow (LHR)

Flight time: 4h approx.

Aircraft: Boeing 777-200

Class: World Traveller (Economy)

Flight #: BA237

From: London Heathrow (LHR)

To: Moscow Domodedovo (DME)

Flight time: 4h approx.

Aircraft: Airbus A321

Class: World Traveller (Economy)

This is the beauty that took us to London

This is the beauty that took us to London

First impressions: the interior looked really new, this must have been a rather recent refurbishment because the aircraft in question ( G-VIIH) is over 20 years old. 

A rather decent seat pitch and we even got these blankets and pillows that sometimes can be so evocative of long distance travel!

A rather decent seat pitch and we even got these blankets and pillows that sometimes can be so evocative of long distance travel!

The next positive surprise was the in-flight entertainment system, that worked really well. After all, you can manage a couple of movies in a Moscow to London flight.

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Everything was spotlessly clean and, at least when it comes to the cabin, this aircraft is not showing its age!

Everything was spotlessly clean and, at least when it comes to the cabin, this aircraft is not showing its age!

Luckily this flight had managed to preserve the complimentary food and drink service. However, although free, this was perhaps the weakest point of the whole experience, nothing to write home about

Luckily this flight had managed to preserve the complimentary food and drink service. However, although free, this was perhaps the weakest point of the whole experience, nothing to write home about

The flight back to Moscow was on an Airbus A321. This was another veteran, one of the ex-BMi aircraft, nevertheless equipped with World Traveller cabin and amenities comparable to the Boeing 777, including the same IFE system, quite a positive surprise in a narrow body aircraft.

You wouldn't tell you are on a narrow-body aircraft

You wouldn't tell you are on a narrow-body aircraft

The content selection was quite good

The content selection was quite good

Rather spacious

Rather spacious

Our Take:

BA's World Traveller provides a great experience overall - good IFE, decent seat pitch and the general cleanliness of the cabin do the trick.

The point to improve is clearly the food, particularly when compared with the generous portions served by the likes of Aeroflot and other competitors, however it looks like the times are moving in the opposite direction.

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