Now Flying: British Airways’ Refreshed 747

BA's new-look 747 (Photo: Stuart Bailey/British Airways)

BA’s new-look 747 (Photo: Stuart Bailey/British Airways)

This week, the first of British Airways‘ 18 refreshed Boeing 747 jumbo jets took to the skies for the first time, flying between London Heathrow and New York’s JFK. The new look includes an upgraded entertainment system and new interior designed to let passengers glide through the sky in comfort.

Panasonic’s next generation eX3 entertainment system is stocked with 130 movies and 400 TV shows with larger screens. The new system also uses the latest touch screen capability, making it easier to navigate.

New entertainment (Photo: Stuart Bailey/British Airways)

New entertainment (Photo: Stuart Bailey/British Airways)

New seat cushions and covers will allow travelers more comfort (and style!) in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus. (The 747 will now have the same look as the A380 and 787.) Travelers in World Traveller Plus will get access to a USB plug and a universal power socket that will take any plug from the US, UK and Europe.

“Our customers love our new aircraft, but the 747s hold a special place in their heart, so we’re delighted to have been able to revamp these aircraft,” said Kathryn Doyle, British Airways’ aircraft cabin interiors manager. They’ll look and feel like new now, with enhanced comfort, technology and design.”

The new configuration will be available on certain flights from London to Boston, New York JFK, Chicago, Lagos, Dubai, Kuwait, and Riyadh. British Airways plans to add more routes in the summer of next year.

Caitlin Martin

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Caitlin Martin

Taking the path less traveled has been Caitlin’s mantra and now it describes her travels as a contributor for Johnny Jet. From representing her dream clients in travel and hospitality at a top global marketing and PR agency and spending 10 years on the agency side, she’s uncovering inspiration on the other side of the table. She’s an east coaster at heart but enjoys living the beach life in Los Angeles, laughing loudly and singing in her Mini convertible. Follow Caitlin as she chronicles inspirational places and faces she meets along the way. She can be found on Twitter at @caitlinlmartin or email caitwrites@gmail.com.

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