12 MARCH 2018
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A cabin refurbishment for the British Airways long-haul Boeing B777 fleet based at Gatwick is under way, with enhanced entertainment options but with ten seats abreast in Economy instead of nine. Work should be complete by summer 2019.
BA is downplaying the seating change, which applies to the Word Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins, and says the entertainment facilities will be the biggest improvement for passengers on the ten-strong fleet.
A new Panasonic system will see IFE screens in World Traveller Plus increased from the current 6in to 12in, while passengers in World Traveller will see an increase from 6in to 10in. They will have touch-screen capability and offer programming in high definition, with a USB socket for charging devices.
World Traveller Plus seats will have new footrests, six-way headrests and cocktail tables in front of passengers, with tray tables moved into the seat arms. The cabin will also double in size in both the three- and four-class aircraft.
BA says the new cabin will be available first on flights to Punta Cana, Cancun and Kingston and will be rolled-out gradually to all 22 long-haul routes from Gatwick.
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