British Airways upgrades Boeing 747 seats, inflight entertainment

By David Flynn, September 5 2014

British Airways is set to update its Boeing 747s, but it's the 'cheap seats' in economy and premium economy will enjoy the greatest dose of TLC rather than the pointy end of the plane.

BA's make-over will see 18 out of 48 of the venerable jumbo jets refreshed to bring them into line with the interior design of the new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 jets.

All seats in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus will receive new foam inserts dressed in new seat covers.

Each passenger in World Traveller Plus will also get their own AC and USB socket.

There's also new carpets and curtains from tip to tail.

However, the biggest win will be the debut of a new inflight entertainment system with larger and higher-resolution touchscreens powered by Panasonic's latest eX3 package, which BA says will serve up "more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes".

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

05 Sep 2014

Total posts 14

Well it's about time!

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1446

So they not planing to retire 747 in few years time?

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 285

BA has the largest fleet of B747-400

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1446

I know this, but just curious how long I can enjoy them.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

Total posts 451

Lets say they begin retiring them now...will be a fair few years before they all go!

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 937

They have 48. They are doing this to 18. This would suggest that they won't have the other 30 for much longer.

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

Nice to see someone still investing in the old girls.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

Total posts 469

BA are loosing market share just like QF.But why uppgrade an aircraft that pisses away fuel.But i like flying the 747.

JBH
JBH

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 May 2012

Total posts 118

Maybe so, but I give them credit for upgrading and considering pax, I stil like to fly the 747too....

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

Total posts 451

That cabin looks hideous.


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