British Airways Upgrades Aircraft on the Chicago Route

British Airways Upgrades Aircraft on the Chicago Route
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It has emerged that British Airways plans to upgrade aircraft on its route between London Heathrow and Chicago O’Hare.

Courtesy of, the changes will see the Boeing 777-200ER on the BA295/294 service changed to the larger -300ER variant.

On the BA294/296 service, this will change from the 777-200ER to the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.

British Airways Upgrades Aircraft on the Chicago Route: What Does This Mean?

British Airways Upgrades Aircraft on the Chicago Route
Photo Credit: James Field/AviationSource


British Airways intends on upgrading the Chicago route from the Summer 2024 season start, utilising the Boeing 777-300ER and 787-10.

But how does this compare to the 777-200ER? See below for the comparison as per data from

  • Boeing 777-200ER: Eight seats in First Class, 49 in Business, 40 in Premium Economy & 138 in Economy.
  • Boeing 777-300ER: Eight to 14 seats in First Class, 56-76 in Business, 40-44 in Premium Economy & 130-183 in Economy.
  • Boeing 787-10: Eight seats in First Class, 48 in Business, 35 in Premium Economy and 165 in Economy.

What we can see from the list above is that British Airways is adding capacity in First Class, Business & Economy, with Premium Economy offerings remaining the same.

That being said, both the 777-300ER and 787-10 seat more passengers than the 777-200ER, meaning that more seats will be on offer for sale to Chicago from London Heathrow.

The 777-200ERs with British Airways seat 235 passengers, with the -300ER seating 317 in the maximum configuration and 256 on the 787-10.

All eyes will be on the carrier to see how this upgrade performs on the London Heathrow-Chicago route.

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