British Airways has announced a ‘soft’ refurbishment of the World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats on 18 of its remaining Boeing 747 aircraft. This reflects the fact that some of these aircraft are still seen as having a good few years of service in them.
You shouldn’t get excited about any hopes for a new seat. The works on the seats is purely cosmetic, with new carpets, seat foam and seat covers.
In World Traveller Plus, every seat will also have access to a power point – accepting UK, US and European plugs – and a USB socket.
The look is meant to be based on the A380 colour scheme which is here:
Of potentially more interest is the installation of a new in-flight entertainment system from Panasonic. This will be fitted across all cabins on the aircraft. Comments on Flyertalk from people who understand these things suggest that this is the best system currently on the market, with high resolution and touch sensitive screens and the capacity to store vast amounts of content.
The work is not due to start until August 2015 and will take 12 months to complete. Even then, the staggered retirement plan for the Boeing 747’s means that you will only have a 50% chance of getting a refurbished aircraft.
You can read more at www.aircraftinteriorsinternational.com (yes, there is a specialist website for that!).