The new British Airways Boeing 777-300ER jets will include upgraded first-class suites with sliding doors and a 3-point seatbelt, the airline has confirmed.
The suite will debut on selected factory-fresh Boeing 777-300ER jets due for delivery from October this year and will be a modification of the first-class seat of the Boeing 787-9 and 787-10 fleet – which BA refers to internally as ‘Prime’.
“We are always listening to customer and colleague feedback about ways to improve our products. The response to our Club Suite (business class) has been great, and we are now applying some of the same thinking to a slightly modified version of the First seat on a few of our new 777 aircraft, creating even more privacy for our premium customers. Starting in October, we will welcome two new variants to our 777 fleet: the 77L and 77H. The 77H variant will offer the modified First seat experience, which includes a privacy door and a three-point seat belt,” an internal mail discloses.
Although this new addition to its Prime seats is exciting news, giving that BA’s business class with its sliding doors was more private than its more posh first-class that resembled an open dorm room, it appears that these changes are only slight modifications until the arrival of the Boeing 777X in 2022 which is expected to have an all-new first-class compartment complete with newly-designed seats.
For now, though, travellers preferring the perks and comforts of the Prime have one more thing to be happy about. If they cannot access the future of first-class flying, they can at least enjoy the privacy that should come with it.
Source: Executive Traveller