British Airways has announced it is completely revamping its World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins on its Boeing 777 fleet at London Gatwick.
The new World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins will be fitted with new seats that provide 50% bigger screens across the airline’s fleet of 10 long-haul aircraft.
The six three-class Boeing 777 aircraft will be completed by winter 2018, with the three four-class variations finishing by summer 2019. The first routes to enjoy the fully refreshed aircraft will be Punta Cana, Cancun and Kingston, Jamaica, before it is gradually rolled out across all of British Airways’ 22 long-haul routes from Gatwick.
The World Traveller Plus design features a new leg and footrest, as well as an improved fully adjustable six-way headrest to adapt to passengers of all heights. The new seat also has a cocktail table at the front and in-arm tray tables. The World Traveller Plus cabin in the fleet’s three class 777s will be doubled from 24 to 52 seats, while the Club World cabin will be reduced from 40 to 32 seats.
The new World Traveller cabins have also been fitted with enhanced seating, which feature a six-way headrest with adjustable ears for added comfort and movable middle arm rests, particularly useful for passengers travelling with children.
There is a new in-flight Panasonic entertainment system – with the capacity to offer four times as many films, TV and audio – with larger HD screens and gesture control to navigate the interface like using a tablet. The screen size will double from six to 12 inches in World Traveller Plus, and increase from six to ten inches in World Traveller.
New USB sockets are available at all seating allowing passengers to charge a range of different electronic devices during their flight and World Traveller Plus seats also have an additional power outlet socket for UK, US and EU plugs.
Bespoke lighting has been fitted in every cabin and can be set to reflect the time of day, helping passengers to sleep at night and wake them in the morning.
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, said: “We are one of the very few global airlines that offers a choice of four cabins for customers to travel in and World Traveller Plus appeals to a broad mix of both leisure and business travellers. In response to demand we’re increasing the size of the cabin so we can offer more of these popular seats to our customers, while keeping the cabin intimate and retaining the expert, attentive service that our travellers love.”
£600 million will be spent on Club World with an emphasis on improved catering, the introduction of bedding from The White Company and a new seat in the future. All customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years.