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BA’s Refurbished B747 Commences Flying

Posted: Oct 3, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

BA said that the first of its 18 Boeing 747s with a refurbished interior and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system is to take to the skies from Heathrow to New York JFK this week.

The refurbished aircraft, according to the airline, will now operate on selected flights to New York JFK, Chicago, Lagos, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh and Kuwait, with further routes added in summer 2016.

The aircraft, the airline stated, would be fitted with Panasonic’s next generation eX3 entertainment system, which would give customers a choice of over 1,300 hours of entertainment including more than 130 movies and 400 television programmes on larger, hi-resolution screens, capable of touch and swipe gestures, giving the system the familiar feel of using a tablet.

Lightweight in design, the system from Panasonic Avionics Corporation also helps to reduce the amount of fuel used by the aircraft.

BA explained that as part of the upgrade, customers in World Traveler Plus would now have access to a universal power socket at every seat, capable of accepting plugs from the UK, US and Europe.

It added that World Traveler customers would have their own personal USB socket to power phones and tablets.

British Airways’ In-flight Entertainment and Technology Manager, Richard D’Cruze, 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.”

He said that the refit, which had been carried out by British Airways’ engineers in Cardiff, would include a cabin interior refresh bringing these 747s more in line with the airline’s newest aircraft.

New seat foams would be installed in World Traveler and World Traveler Plus to increase customer comfort and new style seat covers fitted to match those on the A380 and 787.

The airline said that carpets and curtains throughout the plane would also be replaced to mirror the new aircraft colour pallet.

British Airways, Aircraft Cabin Interiors Manager, Kathryn Doyle, 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 will look and feel like new now, with enhanced comfort, technology and design.”