Posted on: 05 November 2015 by Mark Howells
Airline Services Interiors is leading the design and integration of a new inflight entertainment system for British Airways' fleet of Boeing 747s.
The first of 18 aircraft with a refreshed interior and state-of-the-art in-flight made its inaugural flight between Heathrow to New York JFK in mid-September. Each will be fitted with Panasonic's next generation eX3 entertainment system, which will give customers a choice of over 1,500 hours of entertainment including more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, hi-resolution screens, capable of touch and swipe gestures, giving the system the familiar feel of using a tablet.As part of the upgrade, Airline Services Interiors has integrated new universal power sockets on every seat in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) together with individual USB sockets to allow customers to power their phones and tablets.Airline Services Interiors worked with British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) who carried out aircraft installation work and Zodiac NAT who certified the installation into the aircraft.The cabin interiors of the British Airways 747s have also been refreshed so they match those on the airline’s new A380 and 787 aircraft and Airline Services Interiors has developed new fitted seat covers to improve comfort and appearance. New seat foams will be installed in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus to increase customer comfort and new style seat covers fitted to match those on the A380 and 787. Carpets and curtains throughout the plane will also be replaced to mirror the new aircraft colour pallet.Trial integration and First Article seat build was carried out at Airline Services Interiors Passenger Seating Centre of Excellence, which is co-located with the design and manufacturing teams in Manchester, UK. Airline Services Interiors is supporting the seat modification programme by British Airways Interiors Engineering at its facility in Blackwood, Wales where the first aircraft was refurbished by British Airways.The revamped jumbos will now operate on selected flights to New York JFK, Chicago, Lagos, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh and Kuwait, with further routes added in summer 2016.