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British Airways is set to debut its highly anticipated new Club World Suite on its 18 Airbus A350 aircraft, the first of which will be delivered this summer. On Thursday, BA revealed details of the first aircraft to be retrofitted with the new seat.
BA will install the seat on two Boeing 777-200ER aircraft by the end of this year. Simple Flying reports that the two aircraft selected to commence the extensive retrofitting process are G-RAES and G-VIIA.
These aircraft, which are both more than two decades old, also feature first-class cabins, which will remain after the retrofit and currently operate to a range of different destinations, including:
- Seattle (SEA)
- Dallas (DFW)
- Boston (BOS)
- Kuwait City (KWI)
- New York (JFK)
- Atlanta (ATL)
- Dubai (DXB)
- Abuja (ABV)
- Nassau (NAS)
- Tel Aviv (TLV)
British Airways has revealed to TPG UK that these two aircraft will not be dedicated to any single route after the retrofitting, but will continue to cycle through various destinations as part of the airline’s largest Boeing 772 fleet.
Following arch rival Virgin Atlantic’s decision to dedicate its first new A350 (also with a greatly improved business class) to its prized New York (JFK) route, BA may eventually follow suit, noting the airline uses larger 777-300 and 747 aircraft on most flights to JFK.
The airline has not revealed when the first retrofit will be complete, or if both frames will be retrofitted at the same time.
Featured image by British Airways
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