British Airways Maps Out Seat Plans on New Aircraft

British Airways Maps Out Seat Plans on New Aircraft

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the first of the airline's
new longhaul aircraft only six months away from delivery, British Airways has
announced the cabin design and layout for its Boeing 787 and Airbus A380

Two hundred and fourteen customers will enjoy the comforts of the new British
Airways Dreamliner and the A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British
Airways fleet, with 469 customers.

The 24 Dreamliners and 12 A380s will feature the elegant cabin designs fitted
on British Airways' new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which have proved hugely
popular with customers.

All eight 787-8s will feature a new Club World 2:3:2 layout, the latest
generation World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats. In addition, the
new A380 will also have an enhanced version of First. The exact seating plans
of another 16 787-9s on order have yet to be finalized, they could have three
or four-cabin configurations.

British Airways is set to be the first European airline to operate both new
aircraft types, with its first Dreamliner arriving in May and A380 deliveries
starting in July.

Speaking in Seoul, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines
Group (IAG), said: "We are investing £5bn in British Airways' new and upgraded
aircraft, innovative technologies and customer services.

"We now have six Boeing 777-300ERs, all fitted with our latest cabins. Our
customer feedback and satisfaction scores show the seat and cabin designs have
achieved the highest ratings we have ever seen.

"By next spring we will have finished installing our new First cabins. The
nine new aircraft we take delivery of in 2013 will feature our latest
signature designs to ensure the customer experience maintains the highest
standard across our fleet."

The British Airways Dreamliner will have 35 seats for customers in the new
Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2; 25 seats in a World Traveller Plus
layout of 2:3:2; and a further 154 seats for those travelling in World
Traveller, with a 3:3:3 configuration.

On the British Airways A380 there will be 14 seats in First on the main deck,
with extra personal and stowage space; the Club World cabin will feature 44
seats in a 2:4:2 configuration; and there will be 199 seats in World
Traveller, with a 3:4:3 layout.

The A380 upper deck will feature 53 seats in the new Club World triple
configuration of 2:3:2; 55 seats in a 2:3:2 World Traveller Plus layout; and
World Traveller will have 104 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration.

Both new aircraft will also feature the airline's latest Thales inflight
entertainment system, which offers customers 50 percent more movies, 200
percent more TV shows and 200 percent more audio programs and music*.

Customers will also benefit from new larger screens in all cabins and an
easier to use system with shortcut buttons. They will also be able to connect
personal devices, such as laptops and use the in-seat power available for the
first time in all cabins.

In 2013, British Airways will take delivery of nine new longhaul aircraft.
The first British Airways Dreamliner will be delivered in May 2013. A
further three will arrive by the end of the year. The first A380 will be
delivered in July, with additional deliveries in August and October. Two
additional 777-300ERs will arrive in September and October.

British Airways will announce the routes the new aircraft will operate in
Spring 2013.

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Notes to editors

  ** Compared with the Rockwell Collins audio video on-demand system deployed
    on British Airways fleet of Boeing 747s, 767 longhaul aircraft and most
    Boeing 777-200s.

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