BA’s 10 abreast economy Boeing 777 September Update

An update on the progress of the refurbishment of British Airways Boeing 777 fleet at Gatwick and the routes on which refurbished aircraft are expected to operate.

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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 main reason for the refurbishment is to increase the number of seats in the World Traveller economy cabin from 9 to 10 a row.

At the moment three class Boeing 777-200 are being refurbishment. For these aircraft, BA has also installed a new World Traveller Plus premium economy seat and increased the number of seats in this cabin. It has decreased the number of Club World business class seats. The in-flight entertainment system has also been upgraded. Four class Boeing 777-200 aircraft will also be refurbished, but the overall change in seating configuration is much more modest.

As at November 2018, six Boeing 777-200 aircraft, registrations G-VIIO, G-VIIP, G-VIIR, G-VIIT, G-VIIU and G-VIIX have been refurbished. Each refurbishment takes around four to six weeks.

Refurbished British Airways Boeing 777 World Traveller Cabin
Refurbished British Airways Boeing 777 World Traveller Cabin (Image Credit: British Airways)

The initial plan was that up to 25 Boeing 777s will be subject to “densification”. Given, from anecdotal evidence, there appears to be no adverse customer reaction, it is highly likely that this will be extended to many more aircraft. Heathrow based Boeing 777s are expected to be refurbished in 2019.

Seat maps for 3 class Boeing 777 aircraft

If you are flying on a non-refurbished 9 abreast 3 class Boeing 777 you should see the following seat map (pictured left below) for your flight in the Manage My Booking tool:

Club World – Rows 1 – 11 (48 seats)
World Traveller Plus – Rows 12 – 14 (24 seats)
World Traveller – Rows 16 – 40 (3-3-3 configuration)

If you are flying on a refurbished 10 abreast 3 class Boeing 777 you should see the following seat map (pictured right below) for your flight 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)

For passengers travelling with infants it is important to note that the refurbishment of aircraft does change the location of bassinet seats.

Seat Maps for Non-Refurbished and Refurbished British Airways Boeing 777s.
Seat Maps for Non-Refurbished and Refurbished British Airways Boeing 777s.

Seat maps for 4 class Boeing 777 aircraft

On 4 class Boeing 777 aircraft, the number of First, Club World and World Traveller Plus seats is unchanged. There is a relatively smaller increase in World Traveller seats on converted aircraft.

World Traveller Seat Maps for Non-Refurbished and Refurbished British Airways 4 Class Boeing 777s
World Traveller Seat Maps for Non-Refurbished and Refurbished British Airways 4 Class Boeing 777s

On which routes will the 10 abreast Boeing 777 operate?

BA has not officially confirmed the launch dates by route.

However, there are two ways of estimating:

1. Historical flight data provides a reliable indication of the routes on which refurbished aircraft, bar occasional substitutions, are currently operating.

2. Seat maps for future flights also show when routes are being sold with 3-4-3 seating in economy. However, this only indicates how BA is selling a flight. Just because a seat map for a flight is currently showing 3-3-3 seating does not mean it won’t ultimately be operated with a refurbished aircraft. Based on the roll out of refurbished aircraft to date, these flights will be operated with 3-4-3 seating before then.

If you have already selected a seat before online check-in opens, BA should notify you by e-mail if it has changed your seat more than 48 before departure. If BA changes your seat closer to departure, it should show in the BA app on your smartphone. Please see here for an exhaustive explanation of how and when you can choose your seat when flying on BA.

London Gatwick – Antigua to Providenciales, Saint Kitts and Tobago

Flight BA2157 / BA2156 – Selected dates from late October 2018.

London Gatwick – Barbados

Flight BA2155 / BA2154 – This flight ordinarily operates with a First Class cabin and these aircraft are not currently being refurbished. However, seat maps are showing 3-4-3 seating for many flights from around February 2019.

London Gatwick – Bermuda

Flight BA2233 / BA2232 – This flight ordinarily operates with a First Class cabin and these aircraft are not currently being refurbished. However, seat maps are showing 3-4-3 seating for many flights from around April 2019.

London Gatwick – Cancun

Flight BA2203 / BA2202 – This route now operates with a 10 abreast Boeing 777.

London Gatwick – Cape Town

Flight BA2041 / BA2040 – This route is currently showing as operating with 9 abreast Boeing 777 for the entirety of its winter season from Monday 12 November 2018 to the end of March 2019.

London Gatwick – Fort Lauderdale

Flight BA2169 / BA2168 – Selected flights from September 2018. A minority of flights have operated with a 10 abreast Boeing 777.

London Gatwick – Kingston

Flight BA2263 / BA2262 – This route is now operating with a 10 abreast Boeing 777.

London Gatwick – Las Vegas

Flight BA2277 / BA2276 – This route is currently showing as operating with 9 abreast Boeing 777 up to late April 2019. Seat maps are showing 3-4-3 seating for many flights from May 2019.

London Gatwick – Lima

Flight BA2239 / BA2238 – This route is currently showing as operating with 9 abreast Boeing 777 for the entirety of its summer season from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018.

London Gatwick – Male

Flight BA2043 / BA2042 – This route is currently showing as operating with 9 abreast Boeing 777 for all dates currently available up to late March 2019.

London Gatwick – Mauritius

Flight BA2063 / BA062 – This route is currently showing as operating with 9 abreast Boeing 777 for all dates up to June 2019. Seat maps are showing 3-4-3 seating for many flights from July 2019.

London Gatwick – New York JFK

Flight BA2273 / BA2272 – This route is now operating with a 10 abreast Boeing 777.

London Gatwick – Oakland

Flight BA2279 / BA2278 – This route is currently showing as operating with 9 abreast Boeing 777 up to its suspension for the winter season from Saturday 13 October 2018.

London Gatwick – Orlando

Flight BA2037 / BA2036 – A majority of flights now operate with a 10 abreast Boeing 777.

Flight BA2039 / BA2038 – This flight is currently showing as operating with a 9 abreast Boeing 777 for flights up the latest available flight on Saturday 10 November 2018. It operates with a 10 abreast Boeing 777 on select dates when it resumes on Sunday 31 March 2019.

London Gatwick – Punta Cana

Flight BA2205 / BA2204 – This route now operates with a 10 abreast Boeing 777.

London Gatwick – San Jose, Costa Rica

Flight BA2237 / BA2236 – This route is currently showing as operating with 9 abreast Boeing 777 up to late June 2019. Seat maps are showing 3-4-3 seating for many flights from July 2019.

London Gatwick – St Lucia – Grenada / Port Of Spain

Flight BA2159 / BA2158 – These flights ordinarily operate with a First Class cabin and these aircraft are not currently being refurbished. However, seat maps are showing 3-4-3 seating for many flights from around December 2018.

London Gatwick – Tampa

Flight BA2167 / BA2166 – Selected flights from mid October 2018. A minority of flights are now operating with a 10 abreast Boeing 777.

London Gatwick – Toronto Pearson

Flight BA2271 / BA2270 – This route is showing as operating with a 9 abreast Boeing 777 for the summer season up to to Friday 12 October 2018.

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