British Airways Announces New Seating

British Airways (BA), a premier airline from the UK, is offering new seating arrangements for its new Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can seat around 214 passengers, while the Airbus A380 aircraft, the biggest aircraft owned by the airline, can seat around 469 passengers.

The eight 787-8s will include a new Club World seating of 2:3:2 layout, as well as the newest World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats, while the new A380 will have an improved edition of First Class.

The 24 Dreamliner aircraft and 12 A380s feature new cabin designs, similar to ones currently featured on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) and parent company of Britsih Airways, said, ‘We are investing GBP5bn in British Airways’ new and upgraded aircraft, innovative technologies and customer services.

We now have six Boeing 777-300ERs, all fitted with our latest cabins. Our customer feedback and satisfaction scores show the seat and cabin designs have achieved the highest ratings we have ever seen.

By next spring we will have finished installing our new First cabins. The nine new aircraft we take delivery of in 2013 will feature our latest signature designs to ensure the customer experience maintains the highest standard across our fleet.’

Both new aircraft will also include Thales in-flight entertainment system, with a choice of 50% more movies, 200% more TV programmes, and more music; and new larger screens in all cabins with ports to connect personal devices.

The initial British Airways Dreamliner is expected to be delivered in May 2013, and three more by end of the year. The new A380 will be delivered also in 2013, along with two new 777-300ERs aircraft for the airline.