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Old Oct 19, 13, 11:22 am   #1
 
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B777-200 Refurbishment

Hi,

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.

Thanks.
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Old Oct 19, 13, 11:41 am   #2
 
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I believe that none of the LGW based aircaft have been refurbished and have not heard of any plans to do so, sorry.
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Old Oct 19, 13, 11:50 am   #3
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All 772s that were planned for refurbishment have been refurbished. These are all 4-class aircraft - MCO is 3-class, so you're out of luck unfortunately.
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Old Oct 19, 13, 11:53 am   #4
 
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Typical! Ah well...looks like I'll have to sit and talk to the missus instead then. Thanks for your help.
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Typical! Ah well...looks like I'll have to sit and talk to the missus instead then. Thanks for your help.
Which class are you flying? If in CW, you can always put the divider up (and risk your marriage at the same time).
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Old Oct 19, 13, 11:59 am   #6
 
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All our longhaul aircaft have AVOD, you won't have the newer system but still plenty to watch, personally I would rather talk to my wife.
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Old Oct 19, 13, 12:19 pm   #7
 
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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.

Naughty Expedia!
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If you're really lucky, you might get the new WT if a 4-class 772 (registered G-VIIA-S) from Heathrow has to be subbed in (and the last time that happened was on 25/07/2013).
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I guess I'll tag on to this. I'm looking at flying LHR-JFK (the 18:55 departure) in the middle of next year. Is this likely to a refurbished 777? I would be flying Y.
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I guess I'll tag on to this. I'm looking at flying LHR-JFK (the 18:55 departure) in the middle of next year. Is this likely to a refurbished 777? I would be flying Y.
Now way of knowing until the day of departure. However, all 777s are now equipped with Audio, Video On Demand systems. The refursbished 777s have our newer Thales AVOD system installed.
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Old Oct 19, 13, 11:22 pm   #11
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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.
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Old Oct 20, 13, 2:16 am   #12
 
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If you're heading from Gatwick and don't have status/lounge access, remember to pre-book the No1. Traveller lounge. Its cheaper booked in advance, and worth every penny.

This is among the highest quality non-airline lounges I have been in:

http://www.no1traveller.com/gatwick-...nges-north.htm

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:

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/...orld-traveller

...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.

Here's some tips for surviving economy:

http://thepointsguy.com/2010/12/17-t...ight-in-coach/
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I'm curious ... which airlines doing UK-US transatlantic don't have seat back IFE?
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I'm curious ... which airlines doing UK-US transatlantic don't have seat back IFE?
American Airlines sometimes use ageing 767s on the LHR - ORD route, they don't have seat back entertainment...the stated flight time is +1hr compared to a 777
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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:

http://www.united.com/web/en-us/cont...t/default.aspx

I'm unsure whether the charters guarantee seatback IFE.
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