Apologies if I am submitting this thread in the wrong topic.
I have recently purchased a ticket on a BA 777-200 from LGW-MCO. I have been reading on the web about the current refurbishment of the 777-200s but I cannot seem to find anywhere if this refurbishment is complete, or if there is a chance that the aircraft I am traveling on will be a refurbished one?
If anyone has some information about this I would really appreciate it.
Flying economy (I believe this is called World Traveller. Sorry, I'm new to BA). At least I have something to watch then it should take the pain away
I booked the flights through Expedia who allowed me to select seats at the time of booking. I then phoned BA to confirm the seats and they told me I had not been assigned any seats and BA's policy was that the customer can pay to pre-book a seat or choose a seat free at online checkin. I am absolutely fuming with Expedia. I cant believe they can lead a customer to think they are choosing the seat they will be sitting on, when these seat selections are completely useless as BA don't allow free seat allocations at booking.
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Originally Posted by waccoe
And hello waccoe, welcome to Flyertalk and a particular welcome to the BA forum. It's good to see you here and it would great if you could continue to post here. Welcome on board.
Unless there is a very clear price difference, there are a number of reasons for booking direct on BA.com rather than Expedia, you have a lot more control over the booking that way, and better upgrade options for cash or Avios.
All BA World Traveller/economy cabins have had seat back TVs and AVOD for many years (since well before the millennium). The old system is fine, the new system is excellent and has bigger screen, higher definition and more programming. However, even on the loop system I find BA's IFE content very stimulating and of higher quality than other carriers.
Being a leisure route, MCO Orlando along with most leisure focussed longhaul Gatwick routes are down the pecking order for new cabins (though all 777s have the latest F cabin, where that is offered). This tells you a little more about the two types of economy currently in service:
...but don't feel like a second class citizen using the "old" cabin; it's a lot better than many airlines which don't even have seatback TVs.
Don't stress about the seat allocation thing; just pay up if it's important to you, but there's really no need, best to wait until precisely T-24 and allocate then. You probably won't get an emergency exit, but those are reserved for BAEC elites anyway.
As others stated, always book on ba.com in future.
There are very few these days, so as above it's mostly because of a substitution to an older aircraft.
However, United was also notable for not having seatback TVs on many of its US-UK flights (I think this has recently changed, but not certain). Certainly no guarantee of seatback TVs on their longhaul economy cabin blurb: