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Last month, British Airways announced that it would not only be keeping its 747 fleet active longer than expected, but would even be refreshing the cabins, making its aging jumbo jets a bit more comfortable for long-haul passengers. The airline will be updating 18 of its 747s with refreshed interiors and new high-resolution in-flight entertainment systems in all cabins, with up to 1,300 hours of entertainment, including 130 movies and 400 television episodes.

A new business-class seat on BA's refreshed 747. Photo courtesy: British Airways.
A business-class seat on BA’s refreshed 747. Photo courtesy of British Airways.

As for the seats themselves, passengers can expect new seat foams in the World Traveler (economy) and World Traveler Plus (premium economy) cabins, as well as new carpets and curtains throughout the plane. Additionally, economy seats will now have universal power outlets and USB ports that will let you charge gadgets during the flight.

Economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration on BA's refreshed 747. Photo courtesy: British Airways.
Economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration on BA’s refreshed 747. Photo courtesy of British Airways.

Ultimately, the changes are relatively minor in business and first classes, though power outlets and a new in-flight entertainment system will certainly be welcome additions in economy. This week, BA began flying its updated 747 on its London to New York-JFK route, with service to Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Kuwait, Lagos and Riyadh launching soon and more routes to come online in 2016.

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