BA Gatwick 10 abreast economy Boeing 777 Update

BA is progressively the number of economy seats on Boeing 777 aircraft at Gatwick from 9 to 10 seats a row. Here is an update on the progress of the refurbishment.

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BA World Traveller cabin on LGW based Boeing 777 aircraft
BA World Traveller cabin on LGW based Boeing 777 aircraft (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is now more than a third of its way through the refurbishment of its fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft at London Gatwick.

The refurbishment programme includes new seats in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus, new in-flight entertainment systems and cabin interiors. Most importantly of all, the seats in World Traveller are increased from 9 to 10 a row.

Please see here for images of the first refurbished aircraft which were unveiled on Monday 5 March 2018.

At the moment only three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft are being refurbished. As at August 2018, four Boeing 777-200 aircraft (registrations G-VIIO, G-VIIP, G-VIIR, G-VIIX) have been refurbished. A fifth aircraft, G-VIIT, was sent to Singapore for refurbishment on 2 September 2018. Each refurbishment takes around a month. Once the Gatwick fleet is complete, BA will then refurbish some Heathrow aircraft.

Seating Plans Of Refurbished Aircraft

BA has updated the seat maps on its website to include the new cabin configuration.

If you are flying on a 9 abreast Boeing 777 you should see the following cabin configurations on the seat map for your reservation in the Manage My Booking tool:

Club World – Rows 1 – 11 (40 seats)
World Traveller Plus – Rows 12 – 14 (24 seats)
World Traveller – Rows 16 – 40 (3-3-3 configuration)

If you are flying on a 10 abreast Boeing 777 you should see the following cabin configurations on the seat map for your reservation in the Manage My Booking tool:

Club World – Rows 1 – 4 (32 seats)
World Traveller Plus – Rows 10 – 16 (52 seats)
World Traveller – Rows 20 – 46 (3-4-3 configuration)

Routes for refurbished aircraft

BA has not officially confirmed the launch dates by route. However, based on analyses of historical flight data, we have analysed the routes on which refurbished aircraft are expected to operate.

Please note that this information has been sourced from a third party and not BA. The nature of air travel means that aircraft can be substituted at very short notice. This should only be treated as indicative.

Refurbished aircraft operate the majority of flights on:

Cancun – Flights BA2203 / BA2202
Kingston – Flights BA2263 / BA2262
New York JFK – Flight BA2273 / BA2272
Punta Cana – Flights BA2205 / BA2204

Refurbished aircraft operating a minority flights on:

Antigua to Providenciales, Saint Kitts and Tobago – Flights BA2157 / BA2156
Fort Lauderdale – Flights BA2169 / BA2168
Orlando – Flights BA2037 / BA2036 / BA2039 / BA2038
Tampa – Flights BA2167 / BA2166
Toronto Pearson – Flights BA2271 / BA2270 (This route is suspended for the winter from Friday 19 October 2018 until Friday 3 May 2019.)

As more aircraft are refurbished they are likely to operate on the above routes first.

Refurbished aircraft do not yet operate on:

Las Vegas – Flights BA2277 / BA2276
Lima – Flights BA2239 / BA2238 (This route is suspended for the winter from Friday 26 October 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019.)
Mauritius – Flights BA2063 / BA2062
Oakland – Flights BA2279 / BA2278 (This route is suspended for the winter from Monday 22 October 2018.)
San Jose, Costa Rica – Flights BA2237 / BA2236

Refurbished aircraft will not operate on these routes until 2019:

Barbados – Flights BA2155 / BA2154
Bermuda – Flights BA2233 / BA2232
St Lucia – Grenada / Port Of Spain – Flights BA2159 / BA2158

These routes operate with four class aircraft which have not yet been refurbished.

Data is not available for these routes:

Cape Town – Flights BA2041 / BA2040 – This route resumes for the winter season from Monday 12 November 2018.
Male – Flights BA2043 / BA2042 – This route resumes for the winter season from Sunday 28 October 2018.

3 thoughts on “BA Gatwick 10 abreast economy Boeing 777 Update”

  1. I’m flying on a 777 from Mauritius to Gatwick at the end of December. The seat selection is showing the old 3-3-3 in Economy. The aircraft that serve this route is ancient. It’s not mentioned in this article despite being a Gatwick-based flight. Any clue as to when it might be refitted? I’m a Beirut living in Mauritius and tempted to go Emirates via Dubai isnread because the BA aircraft on this route are so shabby.

    1. I can only see seat maps on flights to Mauritius with 3-4-3 seating in economy from July 2019 onwards. However, these seat maps show only how BA is selling the flight. From experience of routes operating with refurbished aircraft so far, they tend to operate with refurbished aircraft at least a few weeks earlier than the advance seat maps indicate.

  2. I have just booked a flight to Mauritius for June 2019, it still is the old config! I went this year and the flight was so busy both out and return. Hope they upgrade it in time which I dont think they will as its so tired.

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