March 5, 2018
British Airways Cramming Even More Seats into Economy
British Airways is basically turning into a low-cost carrier without the low cost at this point. The airline is introducing brand new Economy and Premium Economy cabins on its fleet of ten Boeing 777 aircraft flying out of London Gatwick airport. The kicker is that Economy class is getting much denser and less comfortable, but hey you’ll have a bigger in-flight-entertainment screen to play with.
The refreshed 777s flying out of Gatwick will seat 336 passengers, up from 280 currently. Economy Class is increasing from 216 to 252 seats, Premium Economy is increasing from 24 to 52 seats, and Business Class is decreasing from 40 to 32 seats. There’s no major comfort changes to Premium Economy and Business Class, but the Economy cabin is increasing from 9-across to 10-across seating.
Premium Economy will feature a new leg and foot rest, a USB outlet, and a power outlet. Economy seats get USB outlets but no power outlet. Both cabins feature 50% larger in-flight-entertainment screens.
British expects to retrofit the seats onto six aircraft by winter 2018 and an additional four aircraft by summer 2019. The airline will fly the first retrofitted jets to Punta Cana, Cancun, and Kingston. If you end up in one of these Economy seats, here’s five tips to make the experience less painful.
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