British Airways has taken possession of a Boeing 777-300ER fitted with the new Business Class, its first Triple Seven nine in six years. The seventh Airbus A350-1000 it has received already benefits from it. Six years after the delivery of its last 777-300ER, the British flag carrier welcomed the one registered G-STBM at London Heathrow Airport. The leased aircraft is configured with 8 seats in First, 76 in Business class, 40 in Premium and 130 in Economy, or 254 seats; British Airways also operates -300ER in 14 + 56 + 44 + 185 or 299 seats. This is its thirteenth such widebody, with three more to be delivered.
Renamed the Club Suite, the new Business Class of the Oneworld alliance company offers direct access to all seats, a door « for greater privacy » and a luxurious seat-bed (derived from the Super Diamond series by Collins Aerospace ), all in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seat benefits from 40% more storage, includes a dressing table and a mirror, WiFi, a video screen from 17 to 18.5 inches depending on the type of aircraft with HD “door to door” programming, and a PC / USB power supply.
British Airways also operates 43, Boeing 777-200ER and has ordered 18, Boeing 777-9, expected to be deliverable from 2022.
Delivered: British Airways 777-336(ER) G-STBM left Everett for London this evening as delivery flight BA9162. pic.twitter.com/35IwvvWoeM
— Jennifer Schuld (@JenSchuld) October 2, 2020
British Airways also took possession last week of the seventh of 18 Airbus A350-1000 expected, configured to accommodate 56 passengers in Business class (the same), 56 in Premium and 219 Economy (331 seats in total).
🇬🇧 Very bad weather today for #GXWBG, 7th #A350 of @British_Airways, for it's delivery flight to @HeathrowAirport 🎉✈️ #Avgeek #Britishairways #A3501000 #Toulouse #Takeoff #Aircraft #A35K pic.twitter.com/IGFRLrcKTf
— OlivierHoarau (@OlivierHoarau) October 2, 2020
The arrival of these two new long-haul aircraft compensates for the withdrawal of the 31 747-400 from the fleet, which began last August; twelve Jumbo Jets have already sent to retire. British Airways has decided not to return them to service once the Covid-19 pandemic has passed, in favor of more fuel-efficient planes.