The One Month 777 Refurb
It takes British Airways Cardiff-based engineers, at the airlines Welsh maintenance base, approximately one month, or 5,700 man hours, to remove the seats and interiors from a 777-200 and replace them with the airline’s very latest cabins.
One down, 17 more to go, and if you had the opportunity to fly from New York’s Newark airport last weekend, you were the first to experience British Airways’ very latest seats and cabins following the first complete refit of one of the airlines Boeing 777-200s. The aircraft was the first of 18 to be fitted with the British Airways’ recently launched First cabin, new World Traveller, and World Traveller Plus cabins and the airlines latest Thales Inflight Entertainment System.
British Airways has 46 Boeing 777-200’s,
18, er 17 which feature the airlines older ‘GMIS’ inflight entertainment system – these birds are getting the upgraded with the state of the art Thales system. In the process, the cabins will be re-designed with the latest cool and contrasting colors, as can be found on the newer Boeing 777-300ER to create more contemporary and brighter cabins.
The installation of the new system involves 13 kilometers, or just over 8 miles, of wiring removed and new fiber optic cables installed to power the new inflight entertainment system. Care to join us on an 8 miles run?
The new fiber optic cables and new equipment will bring with it over 700 hours of movies, TV, and music options on demand; that’s more than 230 TV programs, 70 films and 400 CDs – giving customers 50% more choice on movies and doubling the range of TV and music options, as well as plug and play technology.
Each cabin will receive wider, high-resolution widescreens – in World Traveller, British Airways Economy product, customers will be able to watch TV and films on 35% larger video touchscreens (now 8.9 inches); in World Traveller Plus, British Airways Economy Plus product, the TV’s are 60% larger at 10.6 inches. Club World, or Business, now 12.1 inches while the new First screens, now 15.4 inches.
Frank van der Post, British Airways’ managing director, brands and customer experience said, “This exciting and ambitious refit now brings our 777s right up to date, with new interiors and the very latest inflight entertainment system.”
“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”
Over the next five years British Airways will be investing more than £5bn in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.