One of BA’s plans for increasing its profitability from Gatwick is the ‘densification’ of the Boeing 777 fleet.
At present, World Traveller economy seating is nine abreast on the Boeing 777 fleet. On about half of the Boeing 777 fleet – which will be most-or-all of the Gatwick fleet plus a handful at Heathrow – these seats are about to be ripped out and replaced by 10-abreast seating.
According to Routes Online, the following services will be the first to be operated by the new fleet. These will all be Boeing 777-200ER aircraft (Day 1 = Monday etc):
London Gatwick – Cancun from 12th May 2018, 1 weekly (Day 6; 3 weekly Day 1/3/6 from 20th June)
London Gatwick – Fort Lauderdale from 18th September 2018, 1 weekly (Day 4)
London Gatwick – Kingston from 7th May 2018, 2 weekly (Day 1/3; Day 1/5 from 10th September)
London Gatwick – New York JFK from 8th July 2018, 1 daily
London Gatwick – Orlando from 11th May 2018, 1 weekly BA2037/2036 (Day 5; 2 weekly Day 5/6 from 8th June to 8th September)
London Gatwick – Punta Cana from 8th May 2018, 3 weekly (Day 2/4/7)
London Gatwick – Tampa from 7th June 2018, 2 weekly (Day 4/7)
And here are some seat maps:
This is Club World, which is now a lot smaller with only four rows of seats. This may actually be an improvement on the current set-up:
Here is World Traveller Plus, which may also be improved because it should get the newer generation version of the seat:
An extract from World Traveller, which is clearly not improved:
To be fair to British Airways, other airlines are selling 10-abreast in Economy on a Boeing 777. BA is only catching up with the dumbing down. Emirates and Qatar Airways, for example, are 10-abreast on their 777 fleet.
That said, there is no reason to put up with this if you don’t need to when flying World Traveller. Where a route is operated from Heathrow, you should be booking that instead. If it isn’t, try to time your flights next year for a date when a 9-across aircraft is due to be operating.
This is the future though – Norwegian levels of comfort without the Norwegian levels of service.
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