Flag carrier British Airways (BA) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The aircraft departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, on June 26, arriving at London Heathrow today (June 27) at 12:10.
Willie Walsh, CEO of BA’s owner, International Airlines Group (IAG), welcomed the new arrival: “The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance and operating efficiency and I’m sure British Airways’ customers will love it. The 787 will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years.”
The 787 will operate flights from Heathrow to Toronto from September 1 and from Heathrow to Newark from October 1. It carries 214 passengers and is configured with 35 seats in Club World, 25 in World Traveller Plus and 154 in the World Traveller cabin.
The Dreamliner is composed of lightweight composites and features numerous system, engine and aerodynamic advancements, with “unmatched” fuel efficiency using 20% less fuel than other similarly sized aircraft. It is the first mid-sized aircraft capable of flying long-haul routes.
The delivery is the first of 24 787s the carrier has on order. Additionally, IAG plans to convert 18 787 options to firm orders, subject to shareholder agreement – 12 of these will be 787-10s, resulting in the airline operating the entire 787 family.
British Airways operates more than 140 Boeing aircraft within its fleet including 52 777s, as well as the world’s largest fleet of 747s with 52.
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