14 DECEMBER 2015
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British Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First cabin, will start flying to Shanghai from next summer.
In a statement last Wednesday, the airline also announced an additional three flights a week between Heathrow and the Chinese city starting on 20 February.
BA said the new flights will fly overnight to offer a convenient service for business travellers wishing to arrive in London in time for meetings.
BA’s 787-9, which is poised to become the mainstay of the airline's fleet, currently serves Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur. It will operate flights to Austin from 5 February and San Jose, California, from 4 May.
The aircraft will also be rolled out across a number of other routes next year including: Newark, Narita, Jeddah, Houston, Mumbai, Boston and Dubai. Start dates will be announced later.
The new First cabin has eight seats compared to 14 on other BA long-haul aircraft, and has been created specifically for the Dreamliner based on feedback from First customers.
The 787-9 features three other cabins: World Traveller (Economy), World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Club World (Business Class). www.britishairways.com
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