Passengers travelling on British Airways flights may soon find themselves on board the first completely new longhaul aircraft to take its place among the British Airways fleet in eight years.
Engineers have spent the past two months turning the Boeing 777-200ER from a shell into a state of the art carrier complete with Club World flat beds, World Traveller Plus, a luxurious rest area for cabin crew, a rest pod for flight crew and under-floor plumbing.
Garry Copeland, director of engineering at British Airways, commented: "Our engineers in Cardiff have done a fantastic job in preparing the new aircraft for service.
"These were some of the most complex modifications ever carried out at BAMC but once again they have risen to the challenge."
He added that the hard work of the team will result in the standards of customer care that customers have come to expect of such a service.
The creation of another 12 Club World seats as part of the retrofit is expected to generate much-needed income in light of the decline in passenger capacity experienced by British Airways in May 2009, which was down by over five per cent in comparison with May 2008.