It’s great seeing all these new aircraft that airlines purchase – with the latest inflight entertainment systems, new seats and more comfortable surroundings. The problem is that when you book your flight you might find that a different, older aircraft is serving that route and so you miss out!
(Hopefully!) Not so if you book British Airways!
The airline’s engineers arebusy upgrading 18 of its Boeing 747 aircraft at Cardiff Airport. This refit programme will bring these older aircraft in line with their latest aircraft services.
At your seat you will find the latest Panasonic next generation eX3 entertainment system. The eX3 might not mean anything to you but what it offers will. You get a choice of over 1,300 hours of entertainment including more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, hi-resolution screens. These new screens use touch and swipe gestures, giving the system the familiar feel of using a tablet.
For BA the new lightweight Panasonic system helps to reduce the amount of fuel used by the aircraft. With this and dropping oil prices we’ll bound to get cheaper flight soon too!
It’s all about power for World Traveller Plus passengers. Every seat gets access to a universal power socket capable of accepting plugs from the UK, US and Europe. For World Traveller passengers, you will have your own personal USB socket to power phones and tablets!
Richard D’Cruze, British Airways’ in-flight entertainment and technology manager, said: “We know that in-flight entertainment is really important to our customers – being able to relax and watch a film or listen to music helps customers to pass the time enjoyably – so by installing this state-of-the-art equipment we will be able to deliver even more programming on board.”
World Traveller and World Traveller Plus also get new seat foams to increase passenger comfort and new style seat covers which will match those on the latest A380 and 787 aircraft. Carpets and curtains throughout the plane will also be replaced to mirror the new aircraft colour pallet.
Kathryn Doyle, British Airways’ aircraft cabin interiors manager, said: “Our customers love our new aircraft, but the 747s hold a special place in their heart, so we’re delighted to have been able to revamp these aircraft. They’ll look and feel like new now, with enhanced comfort, technology and design.”
The first of the upgraded British Airways’ Boeing 747 aircraft will be taking to the skies from Heathrow to JFK this week. Other revamped jumbos will operate on selected flights to Chicago, Lagos, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh and Kuwait, with further routes added in summer 2016.