British Airways has launched the first of 18 Boeing 777-200 aircraft retrofitted with new World Traveller (economy) and World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seating.
The refurbished aircraft debuted on the carrier’s London-New York Newark route over the weekend, and also features BA’s new Thales AVOD IFE system in all classes, as well as the carrier’s recently revamped First product.
The new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats are the same product unveiled on BA’s new B777-300ER aircraft in 2010, of which the carrier now has six. For more information on the new seating and IFE system click here.
The refit programme will run until spring 2013, with each aircraft taking around a month to be refurbished at BA’s Welsh maintenance base in Cardiff. BA is retrofitted 18 of its B777-200s which are currently fitted with the old, non-AVOD ‘GMIS’ IFE systems – the carrier’s remaining B777-200 fleet and its B747 fleet will not be retrofitted, but instead will be “refreshed”.
Last year BA announced an investment of over £5 billion on new aircraft, cabins, lounges and technology over the next five years.
For more information visit ba.com.
Report by Mark Caswell