British Airways long haul Business Class on the Airbus A321 to Oslo

British Airways A321 Int. Business Class

During our online check-in for the return flight with British Airways to Oslo, I was briefly confused by the seating arrangement. Two seats, a single seat, and then two seats again. Doesn't that look like Business Class à la Swiss?! A “real” business class on a European flight? I think I'm lucky enough to be able to fly British Airways long haul business class on the Airbus A321.

BA Galleries First Lounge am frühen Morgen
BA Galleries First Lounge early morning

There was still time between our arrival and the onward flight to Oslo BA Galleries First Lounge to pay a visit. When the boarding call comes, we make our way to the “cellar”. So we will board our plane by bus.


We enter the Airbus via the gangway and indeed, the display at check-in was correct. I sit down on the so-called “throne”. What a feeling :-) and above all what a surprise and successful end to the New York trip. A soft landing, so to speak, before heading back home with SAS in Economy.

British Airways long haul Business Class – Service

We start in the morning rush hour towards Oslo. Almost two hours are now ahead of us, time to watch a film. When we reach cruising altitude, I move the seat to a more comfortable position. The flight attendants hand out hot towelettes. This is immediately followed by the service, which does not differ from the food and drink offer on the outbound flight. This time I'll take the continental breakfast without the bubble water.

British Airways Club Europe Breakfast
British Airways Club Europe Breakfast

After breakfast I have to use the time and check the seat for its sleeping properties. :-) It gets a little tight in the footwell and shoulder area. But everything complain at a high level.

British Airways long haul Business Class – Seat

Eight rows in 1-2 or 2-1 seating can be found in this special type of Club Europe. Actually, these Airbuses are primarily used on very long European routes to Istanbul, but also to Tel Aviv, Amman and Cairo. The seats come from Thompson Aero and convert into a flat bed. Depending on where you sit, this seat offers a lot of space.

The seat cover is in dark brown fabric and the controls are colour-coordinated. Three options for seat adjustment, take off/land, lounge and bed, are pre-programmed. The footrest can be individually adjusted. There is also a very good massage function. The inflight entertainment runs on a 15.4″ touchscreen. Socket and USB connection are also available.

As quickly as we took off from London, we're already starting to land again at Oslo Gardermoen Airport. The weather is miserable, but that doesn't bother us. We stay in the terminal, get our suitcases and check them in again for our return flight with SAS to Munich.

British Airways Airbus A321 G-MEDF
British Airways Airbus A321 G-MEDF

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The international business class in the Airbus A321 from British Airways is really something to be proud of. It really offers travelers on long European flights an undreamt-of, high level of comfort - especially in comparison to Lufthansa, which likes to let your many people in business sit on the NEK for 4-5 hours!


Hi, I'm Robert and I've been infected by the flying virus since my first flight in 1993, in a Tupolev Tu-154. Chances of recovery are zero. Since I've been dealing with mileage programs even more intensively and am Topbonus Platinum and Star Alliance Gold, everything has gotten much worse. :-) Luckily for me, I have a very understanding family who are happy to share my passion with me and benefit from it. In the summer of 2015 we moved from Berlin to near Munich and now also have a great and above all functioning airport right on our doorstep. So there will be many more exciting trips and pictures, nice that you are there!

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Max

    I think Lufthansa's business class is the best, but it's also quite expensive. Maybe I should take a look at Brisith Airways ;-)

    1. Robert

      Hi Max, I don't think there is much difference between British and Lufthansa on European routes. However, the configuration in BA’s Airbus A321 is really special and a unique selling point. In October I'll fly with Lufthansa from Toronto to Munich and then I'll have the comparison :-)

  2. Detlef Kramer-Schluz

    dear community,
    Personally, I only fly LH (of course I'm also HON), no matter what the price. Since I think that quality should also have its price, I am convinced that the ticket prices are much too low these days. LH First Class is of course a real treat, both in terms of food and stewardess. On my transatlantic flight to JFK there were some real eye candy.
    Bei weiteren Nachfragen und; oder Tipps & Tricks zum schnellen Erreichen des HON circle members stehe ich gerne zu verfügung.

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