Construction has started on British Airways’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, due to join the UK carrier’s fleet in May 2013.
BA has 24 of the aircraft type on order, as well as 12 Airbus A380 superjumbos. It is set to be the first carrier in Europe to have both of the aircraft types operating in its fleet.
BA’s Chief Executive Keith Williams commented: “These revolutionary aircraft form part of a £5 billion [US$8bn] investment by British Airways in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air, and on the ground.”
The airline believes that its 787s and A380s will bring “significant opportunities” to its route network, and will announce new destinations for the aircraft next year.