BA to increase seating density on 777s

British Airways has reported plans to increase the seating density on its London Gatwick-based Boeing 777s, as well as its Airbus short-haul fleet, in order to cut unit costs on its aircraft, the company said.

The airline said it plans to introduce 10-abreast seating on 25 777s, increasing the economy-class cabin from 216 to 252 seats. It will trim the business-class cabin from 40 to 32 seats but double the premium-economy cabin to 48 seats.

The company said the new 777 configuration, increasing its accommodation from 280 to 332 seats, will be introduced in early 2018, and will provide more economical unit seat costs compared with those on Norwegian´s Boeing 787s, which the Scandinavian carrier uses at Gatwick.

British Airways is the flag carrier of the United Kingdom and is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport.