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British Airways has started flying its first refurbished B747 on the key business route between Heathrow and New York JFK.
The upgraded aircraft is the first of 18 B747s that are due to be refitted. BA plans to operate them on routes such as Heathrow to New York, Chicago, Boston, Lagos, Riyadh and Kuwait.
The rollout of the refitted 18 aircraft is due to be completed by August 2016 when further routes will be added.
Kathryn Doyle, BA’s aircraft cabin interiors manager, said: "Our customers love our new aircraft, but the 747s hold a special place in their heart, so we're delighted to have been able to revamp these aircraft.
“They'll look and feel like new now, with enhanced comfort, technology and design.”
As part of the upgrade, BA has installed a Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system that provides passengers with more than 130 films and 400 TV shows.
World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats will have access to a universal power socket - capable of accepting plugs from the UK, US and Europe, as well as a personal USB socket.
The refit also includes a general cabin refresh, including replacing carpets and curtains throughout the plane, to bring the older B747s up-to-date with BA's most recent aircraft.