747 to NYC. Are they all old IFE in WT

Old Jun 29, 17, 3:57 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Programs: BA Oneworld
Posts: 567
747 to NYC. Are they all old IFE in WT

Trying to fathom which flight to take to JFK during the current sale. So many flights to select showing 747 without being specific. Is there a quick and dirty way to know if the WT cabin has old IFE (it's the kids that need it most; I'll be reading a book)?
BrianWBrazil is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 3:59 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Glos
Programs: BA Gold
Posts: 6,116
They're pretty much all refreshed 744s with excellent Panasonic IFE

Slim chance of a swap but the same on any route
mikeyfly is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 4:04 am
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Programs: BA Oneworld
Posts: 567
Really! That's great and thanks for the info. I don't know why but I was under the misguided impression they were all knackered. That makes things much easier to choose.
BrianWBrazil is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 4:08 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: UK
Posts: 168
Most of the time BA target JFK with Super hi-J (refreshed) 747's. You can use expert flyer to pull up the seat maps of the flights you're looking at. A refreshed 747 will have a larger club cabin, extending backwards to row 22.
gingeola is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 4:09 am
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: LHR/ATH
Programs: Amex Platinum, LH FTL (Silver), BA Blue
Posts: 2,746
Originally Posted by BrianWBrazil View Post
Trying to fathom which flight to take to JFK during the current sale. So many flights to select showing 747 without being specific. Is there a quick and dirty way to know if the WT cabin has old IFE (it's the kids that need it most; I'll be reading a book)?
Check the seatmap and do a dummy seat selection when booking to see what type of plane is scheduled. It isn't guaranteed (planes may change last minute), but chances are it will be that plane. If economy starts at row 39, you are in luck = )
ahmetdouas is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 4:32 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: London
Programs: BAEC Silver
Posts: 772
The majority of the JFK flights operated on the 747 are the Super Hi J with the refreshed interior. However, there is usually one flight a day that's a Mid-J with the old interior.
Down Low is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 4:57 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Programs: BAEC GGL
Posts: 261
Originally Posted by Down Low View Post
The majority of the JFK flights operated on the 747 are the Super Hi J with the refreshed interior. However, there is usually one flight a day that's a Mid-J with the old interior.
There's also at least a weekly 772 still, I'm not sure which outbound it operates but tends to do the day flight back on Wednesday recently...
apollo00 is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 5:32 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: London
Programs: BA Gold, SQ Gold
Posts: 3,807
Originally Posted by Down Low View Post
The majority of the JFK flights operated on the 747 are the Super Hi J with the refreshed interior. However, there is usually one flight a day that's a Mid-J with the old interior.
And it's always the one I'm on - BA115 on 28th October for example, that will remain the 52J version just because of course it will.
darthlemsip is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 5:40 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: LHR/ATH
Programs: Amex Platinum, LH FTL (Silver), BA Blue
Posts: 2,746
Originally Posted by darthlemsip View Post
And it's always the one I'm on - BA115 on 28th October for example, that will remain the 52J version just because of course it will.
There are so many flights a day to JFK. Can't you just take another one?
ahmetdouas is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 5:41 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: London
Programs: BA Gold, SQ Gold
Posts: 3,807
Originally Posted by ahmetdouas View Post
There are so many flights a day to JFK. Can't you just take another one?
I class fare, can't be changed
darthlemsip is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 5:50 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 13
I've just flown to JFK in Club on the 175 and back on the 112. Both super j with the better IFE. As previously mentioned, most 747s on this route have the refurbished cabins.
Stravel is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 5:59 am
  #12  
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: LHR LAS NRT DME and others
Programs: BAEC Gold, Marriot Platinum
Posts: 709
If you are interested in the recent historical trend - "BA Source" / Route Tracker (Heathrow-JFK) is also worth a little look.

You can see there is usually one "52J" 744 a day with the others being 86J as mentioned above.

Past performance is no guide for the future of course.....
Scillybear is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 7:03 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: LHR/ATH
Programs: Amex Platinum, LH FTL (Silver), BA Blue
Posts: 2,746
Originally Posted by darthlemsip View Post
I class fare, can't be changed
You could always show up at the airport and ask nicely to be put on an earlier/later flight = ) it may work!
ahmetdouas is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 7:51 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Programs: BA Gold, QR Platinum
Posts: 5
I took BA 117 (LHR-JFK) on 20 April and BA 176 (JFK-LHR) on 24 April and both had the old entertainment system in WT (BA 176 was on a 777, though a 747 is more commonly used on this flight).

BA 113 (LHR-JFK) on 5 June had the new entertainment system in WT (it was a 747, though a 777 is more commonly used on this flight).
De_Warens is offline  
Old Jun 29, 17, 7:58 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 7,682
I did a return to JFK earlier this month in WT. On my dates, about half the 747 flights scheduled were mid-J with old IFE and half super-J with new IfE. I made sure to pick the latter both ways, checking the seat maps.

It's a pretty decent hard product on these refurbed birds in WT. ^
Ldnn1 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: