British Airways is now more than half 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.
As at May 2019, eight Boeing 777-200 aircraft, registrations G-VIIO, G-VIIP, G-VIIR, G-VIIT, G-VIIU, G-VIIV, G-VIIW and G-VIIX have been refurbished. A ninth aircraft, G-VIIY, was sent to Singapore for refurbishment on 5 May 2019 and should return to Gatwick in June.
At the moment three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft are being refurbished. On these aircraft, BA has installed a new seat in a now larger World Traveller Plus premium economy 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 this year, but the overall change in seating configuration is much more modest.
This year, BA will also begin refurbishing its Heathrow based Boeing 777s. Two four class aircraft will receive a full refurbishment. This will include a smaller First Class cabin with 8, rather than 14, seats and an entirely new Club World cabin.
Given BA sees the need for seating configuration in World Traveller to be “competitive”, it’s expected that many more 777s will be refurbished.
Seat maps for 3 class Boeing 777 aircraft
If you are flying on a non-refurbished 9 abreast 3 class Boeing 777 at Gatwick 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 at Gatwick 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.
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