Maybe my expectations were just unrealistic… because Club World London City blew me away. I’ve flown PrivatAir and I’ve done OpenSkies, but this service is in a new league. This was literally a new type of travel experience. I really felt like I was flying on a private jet, and with only 17 of the 32 seats occupied, it might as well have been.
Take boarding, for example. I wanted to be the first aboard so I could snap a few pictures. I figured I’d be fighting with a few gate lice too. Little did I know that I would be the only person in the boarding area when they started boarding. And it’s quite funny to have a boarding announcement just for you as well. The gate agent should have just said “gentleman, we’re now ready for boarding.” 😉
Again, more about the product itself will be coming, but I was also impressed by how polished the whole experience was, despite the crew only having flown this for the second time. I guess that’s where British Airways’ experience comes into play. And the thing that stood out the most was the crew. They were phenomenal. All three of the flight attendants genuinely wanted to be there, and it was clear that the pilots took pride in this service, from bidding everyone farewell at the door to constantly mentioning this “special service.”
Again, more details will be coming with the report (within the next week), but those are my initial impressions. For a different view, my return flight on Friday is almost booked out, so let’s see how the crew handles a full flight. On this flight I was actually the only passenger that required any service for the first five hours. Everyone fell right asleep or had a glass of wine at most. Oh, and the landing was fun too (I even took a video). One of the firmer landings in my life with VERY strong braking, although that kind of goes without saying on a runway that’s less than 5,000 feet.