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BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?

Fri Mar 26, 2004 7:33 pm

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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RE: BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?

Fri Mar 26, 2004 9:43 pm

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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RE: BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?

Fri Mar 26, 2004 10:16 pm

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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RE: BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?

Fri Mar 26, 2004 10:35 pm

Don't the 777's rotate with the LHR based ones for maintenance purposes?
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RE: BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?

Sat Mar 27, 2004 1:01 am

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...
 
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RE: BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?

Sat Mar 27, 2004 1:06 am

I think their are three 777s configured in business and economy only (3-3-3)
G-VIIO, G-VIIP, G-VIIR.
 
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RE: BA 777s Ex-LGW: Different IFE To Ex-LHR?

Sat Mar 27, 2004 1:19 am

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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