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I agree with rferguson , the 777-200’s will go 10 across in Y. from 2017 onwards. In listening to the capital markets presentation, one heard more detail spoken and that was greater than the written word. I recall that it was neither expressly stated one way nor the other, but we have heard previously that a study was being done for Keith Williams.
Given BA’s distinct upbeat view on the densification (ouch!) of the Airbus fleet – ‘just 3 or so still os’ and the weight reduction+ increased space/comfort claimed for new slimmer seats it seems a no brainer, especially as the hulls are to have upwards of 10 years left in them now. So at the next major check service – a complete strip down and refurb is distinctly advantageous to the bottom line.
The question for those of us that use the 777 fleet almost exclusively is whether they will put in the promised new Club seating at the same time. The same arguments apply as for the Y seating, and the payback period suggests it worth doing sooner rather than later eventually, given that the present CW seat and IFE now is anything but class leading or even mid league table. Perhaps the real gain in this is a bigger WTP cabin at the same time, again with upgrade seating to see out the last decade odd of service.
And AnthontDunn you have to be right, the presentation is about funding and financial results, it was not ever a trade presentation on the benefits and virtues of BA flights.