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 Apr 4, 18, 7:08 pm
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Mid-J 747 Cabin Refresh

BA have started a program to refurbish the cabins on its 16 Mid-J 747’s. Each aircraft will undergo a deep clean and will be refurbished to the same standard as the Super Hi-J 747’s. Nine aircraft will also be upgraded with Panasonic IFE

The rolling programme of refreshment, will be aligned to the aircrafts' annual maintenance checks, will take place over the coming 18 months.

The first aircraft to be refurbished (G-CIVM) returned to service on 3rd of April.


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About bloody time. I assume this means those 9 birds will be around for a few years yet. What routes do the mid J 744s fly on? How many will not be refurbished?
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About bloody time. I assume this means those 9 birds will be around for a few years yet. What routes do the mid J 744s fly on? How many will not be refurbished?

Mainly the T3 regulars; LAS, DEN, CPT, MIA etc etc

They tend to make a daily rotation on JFK too - I guess for the higher Y capacity ?
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This is great news.

If anyone is wondering whether their flight will be operated by one of the refurbished aircraft, flightrader24 usually offers one or two days advanced info.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ba293

The link above is for BA293 but you can adjust the flight number at the end of the URL to match your corresponding flight no.
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Great news, I was on a mid J 747 in Y coming back from RUH last month and my god was it bleak.....
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Great news, I was on a mid J 747 in Y coming back from RUH last month and my god was it bleak.....
Same for JFK last week - G-CIVP - very poor indeed.
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They certainly need it! I fly LHR/CPT quite a bit and the last time I did that trip I noticed there had been a huge decline all round. Didn't enjoy the trip at all. Dirty, falling apart, worn, terrible IFE. It would be very a very welcome refurbishment!
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I hope this isn't the big announcement planned for 5th April! "Aircraft to receive deep clean" !
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Originally Posted by Scotflyer80 View Post
BA have started a program to refurbish the cabins on its 16 Mid-J 747ís. Each aircraft will undergo a deep clean and will be refurbished to the same standard as the Super Hi-J 747ís. Nine aircraft will also be upgraded with Panasonic IFE
Thank you for the news - good to know that the first aircraft is now done.

Do you (or does anyone else) have the list of these aircraft that are due to receive the new IFE, please?
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G-CIVN arrived in Cardiff on the 3rd April: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/g-civn
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This is excellent news, and quite overdue IMO. If things pan out as planned, I should be on one of these very soon and can share some photos.
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Why are only 9 being upgraded to better IFE? Are the others being retired very soon?
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Is there a reason only 9 out of the 16 are getting the new IFE? Are 7 of them leaving the fleet within a few years?
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Why are only 9 being upgraded to better IFE? Are the others being retired very soon?
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Is there a reason only 9 out of the 16 are getting the new IFE? Are 7 of them leaving the fleet within a few years?
Or, at any rate, sooner. I don't think it can be a coincidence that G-CIVM is almost the youngest mid-J aircraft and has received the new IFE.

The retirements wikipost has forthcoming planned dates for three aircraft, which equally unsurprisingly happen to be the three oldest. All the information is in the tracker post.
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