British Airways maps out seat plans for new aircraft

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BA’s first Boeing 787 will be delivered in May 2013. Its interior will have many of the cabin features that were recently introduced on BA’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet. (All images: British Airways)

With the first of the airline’s new long-haul aircraft due in mid-2013, British Airways has announced the cabin design and layout for its Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.

BA’s 787s will carry 214 passengers while its A380s, the largest aircraft BA’s fleet, will have 469 seats.

The airline’s 24 Dreamliners and 12 A380s will have the same recently-introduced cabin designs that are fitted to its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft but the first eight 787-8s will feature a new Club World 2:3:2 layout.  In addition, the new A380 will also have an enhanced version of First.  The exact seating plans of another 16 787-9s on order have yet to be finalised, they could have three or four-cabin configurations.

British Airways is set to be the first European airline to operate both new aircraft types, with its first Dreamliner arriving in May and A380 deliveries starting in July.

Speaking in Seoul, Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group (IAG),
said: “We are investing £5bn in British Airways’ new and upgraded aircraft, innovative technologies and customer services.

“We now have six Boeing 777-300ERs all fitted with our latest cabins.  Our customer feedback and satisfaction scores show the seat and cabin designs have achieved the highest ratings we have ever seen.

“By next spring we will have finished installing our new First cabins.  The nine new aircraft we take delivery of in 2013 will feature our latest signature designs to ensure the customer
experience maintains the highest standard across our fleet.”

The first British Airways Dreamliners will have 35 seats for customers in the new Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2; 25 seats in a World Traveller Plus layout of 2:3:2; and a further 154 seats for those travelling in World Traveller, with a 3:3:3 configuration.

The first of BA’s 12 Airbus A380s will be delivered in July 2013.

On British Airways’ A380s there will be 14 seats in First on the main deck, with
extra personal and stowage space; the Club World cabin will  feature 44 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration; and there will be 199 seats in World Traveller, with a 3:4:3 layout.

The A380 upper deck will feature 53 seats in the new Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2; 55 seats in a 2:3:2 World Traveller Plus layout; and World Traveller will have 104 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration.

Both new aircraft will also feature the airline’s latest Thales in-flight entertainment system which, the airline says offers customers 50% more movies, 200% more TV shows and 200% more audio programmes and music than the Rockwell Collins audio video on demand system deployed on British Airways fleet of Boeing 747s, 767 long haul aircraft and most Boeing 777-200s.

BA says customers will also benefit from new larger screens in all cabins and an easier to use system with shortcut buttons.  They will also be able to connect personal devices, such as laptops and use the in-seat power available for the first time in all cabins.

In 2013, British Airways will take delivery of nine new long-haul aircraft.

The first British Airways Dreamliner will be delivered in May 2013.  A further three will arrive by the end of the year.  The first A380 will be delivered in July, with additional deliveries in August and October.  Two additional 777-300ERs will arrive in September and October.

British Airways says it will announce the routes the new aircraft will operate in the spring
of 2013.

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