Mid-J 747 Cabin Refresh

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Mid-J 747 Refurbishments

BA announced early April 2018 that they had started a program to refurbish the cabins on its 16 Mid-J 747ís.

As part of the refurbishment ALL 16 aircraft will undergo BASIC refresh which consist of:

* Full aircraft deep clean
* Seats in WT/WTP will be refurbished with new seat foams and cushions as on Super Hi-J aircraft.

9 of the aircraft will receive a ENHANCED refurbishment to bring the cabin up to the exact same standard as on the Super Hi-J. This will consist of what is listed above plus:

* New Carpets fitted throughout
* All Curtains replaced
* LED mood lighting fitted
* New Panasonic IFE fitted

Note: There are currently no plans to install WIFI to any Mid-J configured 747 aircraft

Refurbishment Progress

Note: Aircraft that have undergone or that are to receive a ENHANCED refurbishment are shown in red

Refurbished Aircraft - Aircraft are listed in order that they have been refurbished and show return to service date

G-CIVM - 03 April 2018
G-CIVN - 22 April 2018
G-CIVD - 28 June 2018
G-CIVO - 14 October 2018
G-CIVK - 04 November 2018
G-CIVT - 11 November 2018
G-CIVA - 14 January 2019
G-CIVJ - 28 January 2019
G-CIVC - 03 March 2019

Aircraft Currently Undergoing Refurbishment

G-CIVE - Arrived CWL 27 January 2019. Expected to return to service 12 March 2019
G-CIVP - Arrived CWL 11 March 2019. Expected to return to service 06 April 2019

Future Planned Refurbishments - Aircraft in listed in date order based on when refurbishment is planned to be completed (date subject to change)

G-CIVL - 17 April 2019
G-CIVU - September 2019
G-BNLY - October 2019
G-CIVB - December 2019

G-BNLN is the only 747 currently in service that will not receive any cabin refurbishment. This is due to it being planned to be retired in July 2019.
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Old Nov 28, 18, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by djb1 View Post
G-CIVK returned to service on 4th Nov 18 after refurb, but not with Panasonic IFE.
So this was done at LHR in just a few days? Impressive.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 3:36 pm
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That seems too quick for all that refurb work surely....? CIVK anticipated refurb date was stated as "TBC" in the recent list posted (after 4th November) by @TCX69

Also, and strictly not Mid-J refurb related (but it is related to Mid-J's) I notice that BNLK had an anticipated retirement date of November '18 and yesterday it landed at LHR and was moved to LHR maintenance shortly afterwards. Perhaps we now have one less 747 in the fleet.......... :-( .......... is someone chopping onions........ sniff sniff......
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Originally Posted by Brigadier Big Moustache View Post
That seems too quick for all that refurb work surely....? CIVK anticipated refurb date was stated as "TBC" in the recent list posted (after 4th November) by TCX69
However, I noticed that it was TCX69 who edited the wikipost to give the 4 November 2018 completion date for G-CIVK. I don't know whether that was simply to incorporate what djb1 said, or whether TCX69 had separate confirmation. However, on the basis of past form we know that TCX69 does have access to information about these things.
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Also, and strictly not Mid-J refurb related (but it is related to Mid-J's) I notice that BNLK had an anticipated retirement date of November '18 and yesterday it landed at LHR and was moved to LHR maintenance shortly afterwards. Perhaps we now have one less 747 in the fleet ...
According to this post, she still has at least one more rotation left, planned for tomorrow: BA Fleet : New aircraft arrivals and retirements master tracker
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G-CIVA moved over to Cardiff today according to theBASource. Based on the wiki looks like it's in for it's full refurb and should be back in action in Jan.
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Flightradar24 has tomorrow’s BA283 (LHR-LAX) being operated by G-CIVM. Looks like I’ll have crappy IFE when it makes the return trip as BA282. Wiki shows this as the oldest refurb, which is better than no refurb I guess, though it has had 8 months to get grubby again.

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Hi All,

New to this site and just read through 18 pages of replies! Flying to JFK from Heathrow on BA175 and returning on 172. Can anyone advise if they normally use the same aircraft for this route (if so, does this have new IFE?)

Thanks in advance!
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New to this site and just read through 18 pages of replies! Flying to JFK from Heathrow on BA175 and returning on 172. Can anyone advise if they normally use the same aircraft for this route (if so, does this have new IFE?)
Both flights at the moment mostly use 86J 747's (not the Mid-J ones being refreshed talked about here), but that does mean new IFE as far as you are concerned.
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Originally Posted by Forever in Seattle View Post
Both flights at the moment mostly use 86J 747's (not the Mid-J ones being refreshed talked about here), but that does mean new IFE as far as you are concerned.
Thank you! Iím not really up to date with plane talk (86J, mid-J etc) so it was just easier to ask. Thanks again
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Thank you! Iím not really up to date with plane talk (86J, mid-J etc) so it was just easier to ask. Thanks again
No problem, if you stick around you will pick it all up! Someone probably will be giving you an official welcome very soon, until then enjoy your trip to JFK and flying 747's, hope it goes well
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Originally Posted by Forever in Seattle View Post
... Someone probably will be giving you an official welcome very soon ...
That'll be me

Originally Posted by eds1996 View Post
Hi All,

New to this site and just read through 18 pages of replies! Flying to JFK from Heathrow on BA175 and returning on 172. Can anyone advise if they normally use the same aircraft for this route (if so, does this have new IFE?)

Thanks in advance!

Welcome to FlyerTalk eds1996 and especially to the BA section. As you have already seen, we have a great crowd here who are always happy and willing to help and share their experiences. I hope you'll stay around and join in the fun. Please don't be shy in asking any question, no matter how daft you think it might be.

JFK is a flagship route for BA, and typically the JFK bound 747s have the latest inflight technology. You should be reasonably safe but there is a small chance of a late aircraft change and the substituted aircraft might not have the most recent IFE system.

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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
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Welcome to FlyerTalk eds1996 and especially to the BA section. As you have already seen, we have a great crowd here who are always happy and willing to help and share their experiences. I hope you'll stay around and join in the fun. Please don't be shy in asking any question, no matter how daft you think it might be.

JFK is a flagship route for BA, and typically the JFK bound 747s have the latest inflight technology. You should be reasonably safe but there is a small chance of a late aircraft change and the substituted aircraft might not have the most recent IFE system.

Welcome aboard
Thank you so much for the help! I tried asking on Trip Advisor but people were moaning at me because I asked about IFE and apparently itís not the end of the world... but to me it is as Iím a bit scared of flying so it helps!
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LHR-CPT 747's

gents - as a rule are there 2/3 jumbo's used on rotation for this route - been flying it for years and ever hopeful of getting a refreshed mid J aircraft, any thoughts on this route at all ??

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Hi all, I've just booked a F trip from Denver to London in October next year - It is a 744, any idea whether the aircraft is likely to have been refurbished or not?
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as a rule are there 2/3 jumbo's used on rotation for this route
It doesn't work like that. Any aircraft in the correct configuration can be used (and if necessary, BA may even send an aircraft that's in a different configuration).

During the last month, BA has been using 18 mid-J aircraft - one retired during that period. Of those 18 aircraft, only one has not been to Cape Town during that period.
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Originally Posted by Reetmafreen View Post
Flightradar24 has tomorrowís BA283 (LHR-LAX) being operated by G-CIVM. Looks like Iíll have crappy IFE when it makes the return trip as BA282. Wiki shows this as the oldest refurb, which is better than no refurb I guess, though it has had 8 months to get grubby again.

{checks battery levels on both our IPads}
and the IFE experience was just as bad as I thought it was going to be. The IFE was unavailable for the first 45 mins of our flight until they rebooted the entire system. I tried to watch the BBC news and the Premier league highlights, but both had audio that sounded like a dalek with a cold. I switched to the moving map and then dug out my iPad for the duration of the flight.
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