vikinga346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 520 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6376 times:
Today, British Airways' third 777-300ER, G-STBC entered revenue service as BA107 to Dubai.
G-STBA and G-STBB have been operating a rotated of the BA 107/106 DXB services and the BA143/142 BOM services. Now that the third 77W is in service, the question is where it will be placed. The original 77W's were rotated DXB/BOM/DEL/ORD, but that quickly became just DXB/BOM. Wonder if ORD and DEL will be thrown back into the mix again with STBC in service.
Great news for BA to have this third a/c in service. The 77W and the product in all classes has been getting fantastic reviews from customers.
...you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you shall return
G-STBA and 'BB have been operating to BOM and DXB exclusively since the end of October and the last flight either made to ORD was by 'BB on the 27th. But 'BC operated to BA295 to ORD yesterday (22 November).
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8248 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4552 times:
Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 4): When is BA going to start retro fit the other 772s with new WT and WTP?
I would think not very soon. I cannot see BA postponing fitting the new F seats and cabins to start on the 772s W and M cabin conversions.
Currently I believe that BA have fitted out 9 out of 49 active 744s (with two more on their way to being bought back into service), 6 out of 46 772s and all three 77Ws with the new F cabin. However 14 of the unconverted 772s do not have an F cabin. This leaves 26 that still need to be fitted with new F seats and cabin. Of these 18 are currently also listed for the W and M cabin updates.
BA seem to be updating the F cabins of two aircraft at a time. Each conversion is taking around 14 calendar days.
There seem to me to be two alternative calendars:
1. If BA finish the F cabin updates before looking at the W and M Class cabins, it will be early 2012 before they start on the W and M cabins of the 772s they plan to convert.
2. BA could refurbish the F, W and M cabins of the 18 772s (G-RAES, G-VIIA to 'IN and G-ZZZA to 'ZC) in a single visit to CWL (where all cabin refurbishments are carried out). While this would mean an earlier start to the W and M conversions - possibly around September 2011 - they still would not be completed until well into 2012 with the actual timing depending on how long these 3-cabin conversions take. I would also assume that in order to get as many aircraft updated with the new F cabin as quickly as possible, if BA go this route they will leave the 18 772s to the end of the F cabin conversion programme, effectively having a suplementart F + W + M refurbishment programme. Here note that none of the 18 772s listed for the W and M conversions have yet been fitted with the new F seats.