1 JULY 2013
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British Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner last week at Heathrow and plans to introduce the aircraft on the Toronto route from 1 September and Newark New York from 1 October. The official roll-out, together with the Airbus A380, will take place at Heathrow’s engineering base next Thursday (4 July).
G-ZBJB is the first of 24 Dreamliners that will arrive by 2017. BA has announced plans to convert further options for the aircraft into firm orders for delivery from 2017, including for the new larger 787-10 version. Other orders in the pipeline include 12 Airbus A380s (with the first aircraft, as noted, delivered) and a further six additional 777-300ERs. In April owner IAG announced an 18-strong commitment for the Airbus A350-1000.
British Airways plans to use both the 787 and A380 on route proving flights over the coming weeks with fare paying passengers.
Film critics will probably say that BA’s web-based video of the 787 is very arty, and indicates that the Economy cabin will offer lots of legroom, and but really tells you nothing. Take a look. www.britishairways.com
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