British Airways has completed refurbishing the first of 18 Boeing 777-200ERs with the same new First, World Traveller economy and World Traveller Plus cabin interiors and new Thales in-flight entertainment system that are installed on BA’s six new Boeing 777-300ERs.
Passengers flying on a recent Boston flight were the first to experience the new cabins in the refurbished Boeing 777-200ER, according to British Airways.
“This exciting and ambitious refit now brings our 777s right up to date, with new interiors and the very latest in-flight entertainment system,” says Frank van der Post, British Airways’ managing director of brands and customer experience.
Adds van der Post: “We have had fantastic customer reaction to our new fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs, which originally showcased our new cabins, and we know those who travel on these 18 aircraft will be equally impressed with our investment. Customers will be able to enjoy the very best travel experience British Airways has to offer, with more comfortable seats and brighter, more contemporary cabins.”
Over the next five years British Airways will be investing more than £5 billion ($7.72 billion) in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
According to British Airways, it takes the carrier’s Cardiff-based engineers, at the airline’s Welsh maintenance base, approximately a month – or 5,700 man hours – to carefully remove a 777-200ER’s old seats and interiors and replace them with the airline’s latest cabins.
Each aircraft will also have 13 kilometers of wiring removed and new fiber-optic cables installed to power the new in-flight entertainment system.
New widescreens will be fitted in Club World and premium-fare customers flying on the refitted Boeing 777-200ERs will also be able to experience the airline’s new First cabin.
In World Traveller Plus and World Traveller, new seats and cabins feature the latest seat-cushion technology and in-seat power sockets.
The Thales in-flight entertainment system offers more than 700 hours of movies, TV and music options on demand. That is made up of more than 230 TV programs, 70 films and 400 CDs, providing customers with 50 per cent more choice on movies and doubling the range of TV and music options, as well as plug-and-play technology.
Each cabin also gets bigger, high-resolution widescreens. Customers in the World Traveller cabin will be able to watch TV and films on 35 per cent-larger video touchscreens (now 8.9 inches); in World Traveller Plus the screens are 60 per cent larger (now 10.6 inches).
Club World widescreens increase by 16.3 per cent (they are now 12.1 inches), while the new First screens increase by 275 per cent to 15.4 inches.