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BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?  
User currently offlineGBOAC From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 221 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4841 times:

Just wondering if anyone knows why the BA 777s ex-LGW appear to have a different IFE system to the 777s/774s ex-LHR? On all the LGW flights I've had, the PTVs in J/W are smaller than those from LHR, offer only 12 channels not 18 and the control units are about twice the size and look like they have some kind of 1970s retro design...it's the oldest looking modern IFE system I've come across  Smile

Just curious - I would have assume the planes would have been fitted out the same (economies of scale and all...).

TIA,

Phil

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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

Aren't there 3/4 BA 777s based in LGW, that operate on their Caribbean routes in a very high density configuation (it's like 380 seats). They don't offer First class, the Business class is the old version and the economy class has 10 seats per row (as opposed to 9 in the rest of the fleet). I think it is due to the fact its a low yielding route (as it mainly targets tourists who fly out on their winter break), so they fill the planes with as many seats as possible (for long haul flights).


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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

A few years ago, the 777 to caribbean was in the configuration Horus mentioned, or at least similar to that. For quite some time now though, the 777's we get in the caribbean are four class. BA First, BA Club (flat bed), World Traveller Plus and World Traveller. I am not sure what type of IFE they have and if it differs from the LHR birds though. THe aircraft that frequent our station are GVIIK and GVIIL.


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User currently onlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4647 times:

Don't the 777's rotate with the LHR based ones for maintenance purposes?


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User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

I fly First on routes ex LHR and go to Barbados on holiday in First ex LGW.
I am not sure about the IFE, but the catering and service is not the same out of Gatwick. This has been one of my pet peeves about BA for years.

Ticket prices are just as high- often higher on the "bucket and spade" routes to the Caribbean- yet it is in some ways a second class service.

Sounds like a major gripe- First is still wonderful, but it seems that BA take its holiday passengers for granted.

Can anyone in BA confirm this policy?

I am flying to Barbados in First on April 8th- so I will post a trip report...


User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4540 times:

I think their are three 777s configured in business and economy only (3-3-3)
G-VIIO, G-VIIP, G-VIIR.


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4492 times:

Well I never see, and haven't seen any of the LHR 777s here since 2002. Ours do go to LHR but normally for maintenance. Common LGW BA 777s are:

G-VIIA
G-VIIB
G-VIIC
G-VIIE
G-VIIF
G-VIIG
G-VIIH
G-VIIJ
G-VIIK
G-VIIL
G-VIIM
G-VIIO
G-VIIP
G-VIIR

G-RAES and G-VIID/S/T/U/V/W/X/Y are based @ LHR and all these:

GYMMA
GYMMB
GYMMC
GYMMD
GYMME
GYMMF
GYMMG
GYMMH
GYMMI
GYMMJ
GYMMK
GYMML
GYMMM
GYMMN
GYMMO
GYMMP
GZZZA
GZZZB
GZZZC

All the LGW based 777s have good old GE-90's Smile and are slightly (by a couple of years) older than the LHR ones. The LHR based 777s mostly have RR Trents except the G-VII*, G-ZZZ* and G-RAES which are again the slghtly older ones,

Cheers

Sam Smile

[Edited 2004-03-26 17:21:48]


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