I mentioned this a few days ago, but it seems British Airways the first routes to have high density seating installed have been quietly discovered by RoutesOnline.
British Airways High Density Boeing 777-200ER – from IAG Investors day slides November 2016
The high density Boeing 777-220ER aircraft will be introduced into service in May 2018.
So onto the routes – and all from London Gatwick in the first instance. These are based on when RoutesOnline, and in order of deployment
- London Gatwick – Kingston – Commences 7th May 2018, initially operating Mondays and Wednesdays, switching to Mondays and Fridays on 10th September 2018
- London Gatwick – Punta Cana – Commences 8th May 2018, operating three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
- London Gatwick – Orlando – Commences 11th May 2018 on Fridays aboard BA2037/2036. During the Summer period between 8th June and 8th September, this will operate Fridays and Saturdays
- London Gatwick – Cancun – Commences 12th May 2018 once weekly on Saturdays, with an increase in use to three times a week from 20th June 2018 operating Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
- London Gatwick – Tampa – Commences 7th June 2018, twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays
- London Gatwick – New York JFK – Commences 8th July 2018 with a daily service
- London Gatwick – Ft. Lauderdale – Commences 13th September 2018 operating Thursdays
As can be seen, there is a slow roll-out of the new high density product, until the Gatwick to JFK service rolls out which will be a daily service
As a reminder, the planes will be in a high density configuration with 336 seats, split as:
- 32 Club World (Business Class) seats in a 2-4-2 configuration
- 52 World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) seats in a 2-4-2 configuration
- 252 World Traveller (Economy Class) seats in 3-4-3 configuration.
The seat count changes are below (3 Class 777 vs 3 Class HD 777)
Club World World Traveller Plus World Traveller Count 40 24 216 280 32 (-8) 48 (+24) 252 (+36) 332 (+52)
This configuration favours a lower Club World seat count, whilst boosting World Traveller Plus with double the existing seats, and introducing a 10-across layout in World Traveller
Currently, fifteen Boeing 777-200 aircraft are based at Gatwick Airport – supporting the British Airways long haul fleet. The plans from IAG call for 25 aircraft to be converted to the new High Density standard.
Expect these high destiny planes to be turning up at Heathrow sooner rather than later…
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