22 FEBRUARY 2016
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BA has put its latest refurbished 747 into service. The sixth out of 18 iconic Boeing 747s earmarked for a major make-over, last week flew to Boston as the BA213.
The airline has also taken delivery of its 11 double-decker A380s with the final aircraft due for arrival later this year. All BA A380s feature a split Business Class over both decks, unpopular with clients and cabin staff. People booking separately but on the same aircraft can find themselves on different decks with little opportunity to swap seats. For the crew a run on a particular menu item can cause problems.
The 747 upgrade features an additional 16 Club Class seats, bringing the total number of fully lie-flat beds to 86.
New seat foams are installed in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus. The carpets and curtains throughout the plane are also to mirror the cabin interiors of new aircraft, along with mood lighting in every cabin.
Added is Panasonic’s next generation eX3 entertainment system, giving customers a choice of over 1,300 hours of entertainment including more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, hi-resolution screens, with of touch and swipe gestures like a tablet. USBs are now available in all seats. www.ba.com
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