British Airways introduces first class seats on its Las Vegas route

British Airways introduces first class seats on its Las Vegas route

Individuals who prefer to fly out of Europe in comfort may be interested to learn that British Airways now offers a first class option to Las Vegas-bound travelers.

Although this nonstop service between London and Las Vegas was introduced in October 2009, travelers did not have the opportunity to purchase first class airfares for these flights. However, by transitioning to Boeing 747 aircraft, British Airways customers who seek a more pampered flying experience can now choose to sit in the business or first class cabins.

The airline's decision to use a 747 for its nonstop route to the Western U.S. has led to an 18 percent increase in capacity, or 124 new seats, including 14 in the first class cabin. Flights depart from London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 on a daily basis and include no stops between England and Las Vegas.

Simon Talling-Smith, British Airways' executive vice president, Americas, says that the company is proud of the success its Las Vegas route has achieved since it launched in 2009.

"The demand has been great so we're delighted to be able to increase capacity on this route," Talling-Smith adds. "Additional seats mean more travellers get to see the best of London, the UK and the rest of the world. And for our high roller fliers, we are thrilled to now offer our award winning first class on this route."

According to Talling-Smith, the first class cabins on these flights provide seats that are 60 percent wider. The carrier's website states that its new first class sections were introduced on its route between London and New York City and have slowly been rolled out across its fleet.

Individuals who purchase first class tickets take part in a flying experience that centers around travelers' relaxation and privacy, according to the website. When passengers take their seats in what is referred to as an elegant and stylish environment, they will find personal windows with electronic blinds as well as a lighting system designed to replicate the natural ambiance of being back home.

When it comes time to get some rest, flight attendants will turn the first class seat into a fully flat bed, which includes a single-piece quilted mattress, 400-thread Egyptian cotton duvet and pillow, states the website. Travelers are also provided their own wardrobe, which includes soft cotton pajamas.

By Arnold Meyer

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