Collins Aerospace to Upgrade British Airways Business Class Cabins

Credit: Collins Aerospace

British Airways selected Collins Aerospace to upgrade its Boeing 777 fleet business class cabins. The project, which is the latest effort to create a consistent passenger experience across the British Airways fleet, will entail retrofitting the 777 business class cabins with the airline’s Club World design.

Collins will be installing several features in the kitchen and galley, including a customized version of its Super Diamond business class seat that converts to a fully flat bed and features an upgraded inflight entertainment (IFE) system.  The seats will be laid out in a new 1-2-1 configuration—similar to the configuration on British Airways’ new Airbus A350 fleet—which enables all-aisle access for every passenger.

British Airways Club World business class cabin
Credit: British Airways

The project will also entail installation of the Club Kitchen, which features galley inserts, chillers and built-in storage for snacks and drinks. The design enables passengers to collect self-service snacks and refreshments at their leisure.

In addition to the installation work, Collins is also performing full cabin integration work, including engineering design, test and approval, as well as program management and third-party supplier approvals.

Some of the modified 777s are already flying and Collins expects to complete the rest of the upgrades by the end of 2022.

Meanwhile, British Airways is continuing to roll out its latest generation first class cabin on its 777-300s. That work includes introduction of its First suite door and a 23-in. high definition IFE screen that can be controlled with an integrated handset.

Lindsay Bjerregaard

Lindsay Bjerregaard is managing editor for Aviation Week’s MRO portfolio. Her coverage focuses on MRO technology, workforce, and product and service news for, Aviation Week Marketplace and Inside MRO.