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The first British Airways long-haul Gatwick plane with 10-across seating is now in service

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The first ‘densified’ British Airways Boeing 777 is now in service at London Gatwick.   The number of seats has been increased from 280 to a whopping 332.

The main way this has been achieved is to make World Traveller / Economy 10-abreast.  To be fair to British Airways, a lot of other airlines – including many with a better reputation than BA, such as Emirates, Air France, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific – have already or are in the process of doing the same.  BA is playing ‘catch up’ (or ‘catch down’, possibly) in this area.

New British Airways economy World Traveller seating

There have been some improvements to the World Traveller seat.  Most obviously, the size of the TV screen has increased from 6 inches to 10 inches.

You also get “a six-way headrest with adjustable ears for added comfort and movable middle arm rests, which is particularly useful for customers travelling with children”.

New British Airways economy TV screen

USB power ports have been added but there are no plug sockets.  Whilst not an obvious change, the IFE system has also been replaced and now has substantially more capacity to add additional movies.

There have also been major changes in World Traveller Plus.

The World Traveller Plus cabin has been increased from 24 to 52 seats.  This is likely to drive a substantial change in the amount of Avios reward availability in this cabin.

If you are wondering where the space came from, the number of Club World seats has been reduced from 40 to 32.

New British Airways World Traveller Plus cabin

Word Traveller Plus DOES now have plug sockets which will take UK, US and European plugs.

British Airways World Traveller Plus power socket

The seat also has “a new leg and footrest, as well as an improved fully adjustable six-way headrest to suit customers of all heights. The new seat also has a cocktail table at the front and in-arm tray tables”.

The TV screen has increased from 6 inches to 12 inches, meaning that there is now a difference between the IFE in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus.

The new World Traveller Plus seat will be added to the Boeing 777 fleet at Heathrow from “Autumn 2019”.

Where will you find these new seats?

The new aircraft are initially being timetabled onto Punta Cana, Cancun and Kingston.  All six of the three class Boeing 777 aircraft will be done by the end of 2018 – it is a slow process, taking two months per plane and requiring the aircraft to be sent to Singapore.  BA will then start making similar changes to the four-class fleet of four aircraft at Gatwick.

It remains to be seen if customers in World Traveller can be ‘bought off’ with a bigger TV and a USB socket when faced with a sharp drop in seat width.

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Comments (68)

  • Paul says:

    “It remains to be seen if customers in World Traveller can be ‘bought off’ with a bigger TV and a USB socket when faced with a sharp drop in seat width.”

    What is the difference in width?

    • Rob says:

      1 inch

      • flyforfun says:

        Yes, but EACH seat has lost 1 inch, so effectively there is 2 less inches between you and your seat mate. Not to mention that the aisles are narrower too.

        I made the mistake of flying on an Emirates 777 several years ago on 2 x 7 hr sectors + 2 extra hours on the ground with an emergency medical stop.. Aisle one side, chunky woman the other. I was trying not to touch her or get bumped by the trolley or people in the aisles. Will never fly them again. Flew Cathay’s 9 abreast 777 and it was so comfortable – however I’m aware they are also going 10 abreast. Will try to get on their A350 instead!

        • Rob says:

          Surely it is still an inch (half an inch nearer on each side)?!

  • Connie Ehler says:

    I wonder what the evacuation time would be if all seat occupants were obese? Our population is getting larger not slimmer.

  • Alex Sm says:

    This six-way headrest is one of the few (remaining) features which BA could earn brownie points for

  • JAXBA says:

    “WTP DOES now have plug sockets which will take UK, US and European plugs.”

    The photo underneath that sentence seems to show that the socket is inside the armrest, like the empower ones were, not on the front, or between the seats towards the floor…

    What bright crayon thought having a plug sticking into your leg was the way to go??

  • woody says:

    We had a 10 abreast B777 experience with AirNZ, never again, as well as the cramped seating it was not easy walking up and down the aisles, something I thought we are all encouraged to do to avoid DVT. The aisles are narrower, and arms and legs are understandably spilling out making the passageway difficult to navigate. I’ve gone indirect since then to avoid the 10x 777, but i can see this working in airlines favour, as more of us will pay extra to go PE!

  • Max says:

    I read on another blog yesterday that the 10 across seating is coming to LHR from Autumn 2019.
    Apparently the BA promo text said WTP when it should have said WT.

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