From 2018, British Airways Boeing 777 will add an extra 52 seats at Gatwick. It also plans to “densify” aircraft at Heathrow after that.
While British Airways has nine economy seats abreast in its 777 fleet at present, from 2018 each row will have 10 seats – even though the average girth of passengers is increasing.
Media reports suggested that, accommodating almost a fifth more passengers would necessitate the removal of three toilets. At present the 777s are fitted with 11 toilets.
A BA spokesperson said that the airline “did not recognise” this suggestion.
On all its short haul Airbus A320 operating from Heathrow, British Airways is to add 12 extra seats. This will bring British Airways at par with easyJet.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, told investors at a Capital Markets Day, said that, they are responding to a market opportunity. He said the move would allow BA to “lower the average cost per seat, charge a lower price and stimulate demand”.
BA says that the economy cabin will be fitted with new entertainment systems with bigger screens.
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