#AfriTravel: British Airways boosts seats to Nigeria

2017-07-22 16:30
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Cape Town - Boosting #AfriTravel, British Airways is increasing the number of seats to Nigeria by introducing its newly refurbished Boeing 747-400s to Lagos from September.

The aircraft, larger than the Boeing 777s which the airline currently operates, will add an extra 343 seats a week on the busy route between London and Lagos - Nigeria’s commercial capital.

It promises a refreshed interior with state-of-the-art entertainment system, a larger Club World cabin and 16 more lie-flat beds.

The refurbished jumbos are already in service on routes including Johannesburg, New York, Chicago, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh, Kuwait, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington DC.

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Kola Olayinka, British Airways commercial manager in Nigeria, says “We know customers who fly in these aircraft appreciate the improved interiors, with their mood lighting, updated seating and the new entertainment system.”

What's new?

According to the airline, "the aircraft are equipped with Panasonic’s next-generation eX3 entertainment system, which will give customers a choice of over 1,300 hours of entertainment, including more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, high-resolution screens, with touch and swipe functionality, giving the system the familiar feel of using a tablet."

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Customers in World Traveller Plus will now have access to a universal power socket at every seat, which accepts plugs from the UK, US and Europe. In addition, World Traveller customers will have their own USB sockets to power phones and tablets, says the airline

New seat foams have been installed in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus to increase customer comfort and updated seat covers fitted to match those on the A380 and 787. 

Fly in style

Seats on the new Boeing 747 are already on sale. The flight numbers and schedule will remain the same with BA75 departing Heathrow at 11:30 am and landing in Lagos at 17:55 pm. The return service operates as BA74, leaving Lagos at 22:55 pm and arriving at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 05:25 am the following morning.

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"British Airways has also launched its multi-million pound investment plan to benefit its customers with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all," says the airline, adding that this is to improve catering and sleep.

"At Heathrow a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped and improved. The Club Europe cabin has also been introduced on UK domestic services and all customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years," adds British Airways.

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